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Im thinking the space where Boomerang, the top spin, and sky cabin are located make perfect sense for a dive coaster. CF likes big beemers and that fits the bill and the space.

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Here's some random night shots from Taste of Merry Farm.   Camp Snoopy looked the best at night, imo.  I guess I like the lights up the trees thing the best.      The Bear-Y Tales

The rumor was they also wanted the county to be in the "yellow category"  OC is still far away. Source for below: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Rumor is there are some high up California government peeps out in Florida, checking out the parks, and putting something together for your terrible governor who hates parks!

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You get the point.

 

I had the pleasure of working at the park for several years in ride operations. I felt I should finally lend some insight into the "What is going here?" discussion.

 

Keep in mind, a Dive machine does look likely, and I think there is a high chance of this happening.

 

1. Capacity of the Dive Coaster can fit a park of Knott's magnitude.

2. Noise isn't an issue (also keep in mind, they can sand-fill to deaden the sound if need be.

3. Market Value <---- Biggest point, No Dive Machine with the "marketability of Valravan" west of the Rockies. Which Knotts/Cedar Fair LOVE to do, (Longest Tallest Fastest Wooden coaster on the west coast. Tallest Invert on the west coast. etc etc.) It is also in the back of the park, and will actually add very nicely to the skyline of the park (Watching from the near-by 91 Freeway on the way to Disneyland (5 Freeway as well).

4. Lastly, IF THEY DO build a B&M Dive Coaster here, keep in mind the goal. They do not compete with DLR, nor do they compete with Six Flags or Universal. This is an opportunity for them to draw crowds (Extended Vacations) from people who will be visiting cough::cough:: Star Wars Land and USH new attractions that are incoming. Which kind of adds to the market value of a Dive Coaster at this point.

 

However, also to keep in mind. Traditionally the Knott family, and Cedar Fair in success, have a tendency to attempt to put something "New" in the park, i.e. Xcelerator. We could very well see a prototype here, or one of a kind. Im hoping for dive machine, but would not be the least bit surprised if a lower capacity, yet attractive Raptor/T-Rex was introduced here.

 

As far as capital, I have seen a lot of posts claiming money to be a deciding factor. That is not how the business of the industry works. Investments are made when there is a market to tap into. They have a market to tap into which will BLOAT when Star Wars Land opens, and will move money and mountains to make more money. Trying to keep this as easy to understand as possible (I work in marketing and finance).

 

As far as being landlocked. Knott's is actually not as limited as you may think. I believe Sky Cabin will remain in place, K remains!, and I believe whatever we see will have a layout that will encompass this tower, and new restaurant.

 

Another option, and honestly could be occurring right now is another flat or shuttle coaster/smaller coaster/family coaster. However, I have made my argument as to why a Dive Machine or larger "West-Coast Fury" is indeed possible.

 

Also! One last thing before I forget. Just because they are starting construction in April 2017, doesn't mean this attraction opens in SUMMER of 18. In this region, we are year round with all of our parks including psuedo-yearround SFMM. Example, Silver Bullet opened in December.

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From Knott's:

Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the Boysenberry and each spring, Knott’s celebrates the flavorful berry and it historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with unique food and live entertainment. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering festival is expanding to three weeks, April 1 – April 23. The 23-day food festival features over 80 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, and family fun everyone will love!

From sun up to sun down, the festival offers good ol’ fashion food, fun and entertainment. Pick up a tasting card to sample a few of the most popular boysenberry dishes in the park. For guests with a hankerin’ for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park, a nighttime dance party, and brand new shows like, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree at the Calico Mine Stage. Head over to Calico Park for a hootenanny featuring pie eating contests, line dancing and country fair festivities with the local Ghost Town townsfolk. The limited-time Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.

 

Last week, Theme Park Review was invited to a tasting preview of some of the 80 boysenberry inspired items of their 2017 festival. It's awesome that so many parks are doing these food and drink events because they give patrons a reason to come back throughout the year as well as breaking the stigma of "theme park food".

 

What you should know:

-New items for 2017: Boysenberry pizza, boysenberry ravioli, boysenberry fry bread, and corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo.

-One of the best ways to experience the event is with a boysenberry Bites Tasting Card for $25. It includes the boysenberry: pizza, ravioli, buffalo wings, BBQ meatballs, fry bread, and pana cotta.

-This event features more than just food. The Knott's Boysenberry Festival will feature live music, a nighttime dance party, a new Snoopy show, pie eating contests, line dancing, and more.

- The boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry, and blackberry. You can learn more about its history during the event at Ghost Town's Town Hall in a 10-minute film played on loop.

 

Be sure to visit the festival starting April 1st! Theme Park review will be in attendance that day and will be live tweeting all of the festive festival festivities!

 

Enjoy the pictures and video below of the tasting preview, and a big boysenberry overloaded "thank you"! To the incredible Knott's PR team!

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Welcome to the 2017 Knott's Boysenberry Festival Tasting Preview!

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We're not even through the door yet and they loaded us up with boysenberry: shortbread cookies, cotton candy, and chapstick!

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...then we get in the door before the presentation and they butter us up with fresh baked rolls for boysenberry: punch, jam, and butter! The tasting event hasn't even started and we are on a boysenberry overload! Boysenberry!!!

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The head Chef for the event detail the new and exciting dishes for this year's event.

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We started with the Apricot and pulled pork sandwich.

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Alligator with boysenberry aioli. This was my first time having alligator, and I liked it!

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Of course anything deep-fried is great. It is soft and light like fish (without a fishy smell) and a bit more chewy than chicken.

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New this year is the boysenberry pizza.

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Very well done! Nice and flavorful with the boysenberry component replacing the sauce and most of the cheese.

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Boysenberry short ribs on jasmine rice. It tasted great, but our sample portion had a high "bone to meat" ratio. I assume that the normal portion size with have more meat.

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Boysenberry ravioli. So inventive and fun; a great flavor both inside and out!

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Boysenberry buffalo wings. I can't handle anything spicy, but took the risk for the TPR members. Luckily it was just under my tolerance level and I could really enjoy the flavor of the sauce. It was a great dish!

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Same with the meatballs. Perfectly tender, with the sauce being a perfect compliment for this sweet and savory item.

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Now for desserts! Starting with the boysenberry flautas. Nice crunchy outside with a flavorful filling inside.

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Boysenberry crepe: A bit of chocolate and a lot of boysenberry and what we think was Nutella. Great stuff!

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The next three desserts were all *perfect*! First, this chocolate-covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick was awesome. It has a cold slice of cheesecake on the inside with a hardened chocolate shell on the outside...on a stick!!!

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...even more amazing was the deep-fried boysenberry cheesecake...on a stick!!! It has a boysenberry sauce drizzled on the outside and powdered sugar.

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"I will conquer you!"

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"Or you can conquer me...that's fine...you are perfect!"

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And third: the boysenberry fun bun! This is a deep friend boysenberry cinnamon bun! Simply put, this is perfection. If you are only going to get one item for this event, we recommend this!

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Be sure to check out all this event has to offer starting on April 1st, and watch for live tweeting from Theme Park review as we cover the opening day! Thank you again to Knott's Berry Farm for inviting to this boysenberry overloaded tasting preview!

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Cool! Anybody know when it'll open? I'm planning on going in the next week or two to check out the Boysenberry Festival and get a ride on Boomerang before it closes.

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Cool! Anybody know when it'll open? I'm planning on going in the next week or two to check out the Boysenberry Festival and get a ride on Boomerang before it closes.

 

I'm really hoping it opens during the festival, but I'd be happy with late April / early May as well. I'm almost certain it will open before Memorial Day.

 

It appears they just have to touch up the ride loading area (gates, maybe grass or flowers) and get the ride's operating system all set up. Luckily the queue is ready to go since it was formerly Windseeker's, so that saves a step. I've said it way too much, but I'm thrilled to get on this thing, especially since it's a "supersized" version!

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I've never been in town for the Boysenberry Festival, but I do love Boysenberry goodies--especially the pie and ice cream. Not sure about the pizza, but I'd give the wings a shot.

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I've never been in town for the Boysenberry Festival, but I do love Boysenberry goodies--especially the pie and ice cream. Not sure about the pizza, but I'd give the wings a shot.

 

The wings are actually really good, the Boysenberry BBQ sauce is the right combination of sweet & spicy. They put the BBQ sauce on the meatballs as well, so those are also very tasty!

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I've never been in town for the Boysenberry Festival, but I do love Boysenberry goodies--especially the pie and ice cream. Not sure about the pizza, but I'd give the wings a shot.

 

The wings are actually really good, the Boysenberry BBQ sauce is the right combination of sweet & spicy. The put the BBQ sauce on the meatballs as well, so those are also very tasty!

 

The BBQ sauce does sound good.

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Park was busy on Friday so I guess spring break crowds are here. All of the coasters had 30 - 85 min waits. I took a few photos, walked around, and left.

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Water slide parts

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Water slide construction

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Water slide construction

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Restaurant near Sky Cabin

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Final month

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Sol Spin

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Sol Spin

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Sol Spin

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Cool! Anybody know when it'll open? I'm planning on going in the next week or two to check out the Boysenberry Festival and get a ride on Boomerang before it closes.
From the time the Containers for Samurai at Lagoon arrived, it was assembled, tested, and opened to the public in 3 days. Would have been 2.5, but there was an "oopsie" on Lagoon's part. It only took half a day to assemble the platform, base, boom, and radial arm.
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