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P. 639: Montezooma's Revenge major renovations announced!

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My personal hope for the area is a replacement for the show in Mystery Lodge itself, as a new attraction. I actually enjoy the scenery with the pools, rocks and waterfalls more than the actual show. Maybe something like a flying theater (you can fly over the millions of acres!) or a Vekoma madhouse. Just something new and unexpected for Knotts.

 

I was thinking the same thing. I'm pretty sure this is just an update to Bigfoot, but in the future I'd love to see Mystery Lodge replaced with a flying theater. Every show of Mystery Lodge is nearly empty, they need something more exciting to draw crowds in, and away from other rides.

 

I also have severe withdrawals from Soarin' so maybe that's why I want it so bad. haha

 

I don't think they have the space, but one of Dynamic Attractions' new Dynamic Theaters would be awesome!

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Knott's Berry Farm has announced a re-theme of Bigfoot Rapids! The updated ride, Calico River Rapids will feature new animations by Garner-Holt and an interactive feature with off-ride guests to soak those on board.

 

https://www.knotts.com/play/rides/calico-river-rapids

 

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A new expedition in an uncharted territory awaits eager explorers with the upcoming debut of Calico River Rapids, opening at Knott’s Berry Farm in summer 2019. Knott’s white water raft ride, currently known as BigFoot Rapids, will undergo a major renovation with the addition of new features to the attraction including new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects.

 

Calico River Rapids will take voyagers on a search for new land through the outskirts of Calico. Rafters will encounter a variety of wild surprises along the way, such as roaring rapids, and indigenous wildlife. The circular raft ride, which seats six passengers, will traverse through unexpected twists and turns, rushing waters and rapid currents as it navigates the unexplored river path.

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I always thought Bigfoot Rapids felt like the exiled child of Ghost Town and it was a pretty average as far as river rapids rides go. This update looks like it'll not only make Bigfoot Rapids feel more part of the area, but it'll also make it stand out more. I like the move!

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Very nice addition. I figured after the Log Ride and Mine Ride got major overhauls, it was only a matter of time before the same happens to Bigfoot Rapids. I'm excited to see how this plays out.

 

So am I. I think this is right along the lines of what their next move needed to be.

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The addition of a cavern is quite unexpected. The only question is where does that show scene get built? Looking at the concept art, I can see where the dynamite goes, the cabin goes pretty much anywhere. But that cavern? Maybe at the bend by Pony Express near end of the ride? Very interested to see how this turns out.

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The addition of a cavern is quite unexpected. The only question is where does that show scene get built? Looking at the concept art, I can see where the dynamite goes, the cabin goes pretty much anywhere. But that cavern? Maybe at the bend by Pony Express near end of the ride? Very interested to see how this turns out.

 

The ride technically already has a short cave area right at the last turn, but it's really short. Not sure if they plan to use that or build another, but if they use that I'd hope they lengthen it so it at least gets a little dark inside for the scene.

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Love it.

 

If I remember correctly, Bigfoot Rapids has a fairly compact layout, but I'll be interested in seeing what they can do with it. Rapids rides usually aren't themed excessively, so they could easily make this world class.

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A few photos from Friday, Nov. 16th. The rapids ride has a new sign but not much other work showing. Hollywood Hits pizza is now Beachy Keen's Pizza and serves Dole Whips. There is quite a bit of Christmas decoration up now.

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New rapids sign

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Bend where dynamite water effects should be added

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Hollywood Hits is gone

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New place has Dole Whips

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Christmas on the boardwalk

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Christmas burgers

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Christmas ghost town

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Here's the art concept of that "Dynamite Area" (care of KBF, thanks)

that will fit where the Pony Express goes by, over, and around.

 

And I still think they should put a Haunted Swing into Mystery Lodge.

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Oooooh lots of EXPLOSIVE! wet fun, there.

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Does Knott's keep their entrance open right until closing? I've seen some parks close it off in the last 10-15 minutes.

 

I have a season pass and if my plane arrives on time, I may just make it before they close. If I can sneak in a bonus GhostRider ride at night, I'm definitely interested.

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