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Theme Park Review was invited out to Knott's Berry Farm this morning to check out the all new Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair.  "“Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair” is a new 4-D i

Theme Park Review was invited to experience the Knott's Taste of Boysenberry Festival on Saturday, March 6, in what is a welcomed return to SoCal theme park food and drink events! The tasting car

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Let me preface this post by saying I am a HUGE Knott’s fan. I am a frequent attendee and will be for life. But I have never been to Soak City..... until today. So after 20 years how did it go???? I have to say it sucked!!! This has to be the worst big chain water park in the world. Absolutely terrible. It’s nothing but a concrete jungle with no charm, no rides, and no fun. Somebody please defend this place because me and my girl thought it was garbage!!! The only reason I’m not giving it an F is because of the most recent addition of Shore Break, which was fun. But replacing a proslide tornado with The Wedge was a massive mistake. I’ve ridden two tornados and they’re amazing. The wedge was very short and very disappointing. I hope I’m not coming off too harsh, but I was very shocked at this park.

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Looks very nice, and it is definitely a much needed improvement. After the log ride and mine ride got upgrades, the rapids getting a similar treatment seemed inevitable. I’m excited to check it out this weekend!

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Calico River looks fantastic. I love these rapids rides, and it's pretty awesome to see so much attention going to refurb this one. I enjoyed the previous version quite a lot, so really looking forward to trying out this version too.

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^ Me too, although I'm not sure if David will be into it, when we're there this September.

Then again, the possibility of getting soaked will call for some strategic "clothing plans".

 

EDIT: Just thought of it. I'll put David at the "water guns", hoping when we float by, it'll backfire on him.

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Fun fact: Bigfoot is actually hidden on the mural along the wall of Warehouse P that you see behind the ride.

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Rode Calico River Rapids today and it was pretty good. I will give a lot of props to the queue as they did a real nice job building the new “show” house and incorporating the ride experience into it. Some fans are criticizing this but literally the way it’s laid out there was no choice. As for the ride, the theming is great but you’re on a rapids ride, no one is looking at anything except the next possible rapid that may soak them. It really takes away from the amazing job Knotts and Garner Holt did. I paid close attention on the three rides I took to see if anyone looked at the theming, and not one person did. Which is an absolute shame. GP aside, the update is amazing in every way. The TNT portion is gold, I found myself just standing there for a long time enjoying it all. The riders and the TNTer’s were both having a great time. And yes Bigfoot is way better in person!!! My only question is why aren’t the waterfalls working??? And why haven’t they for a long time now?

 

Overall: 8.5/10

 

Bigfoot Rapids: 3/10

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^Well, I'd do my best to look at as much theming as I could see (depending which way

I was facing/turning). Thanks for your quick review of the attraction!

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But I have never been to Soak City..... until today. So after 20 years how did it go???? I have to say it sucked!!! This has to be the worst big chain water park in the world. Absolutely terrible. It’s nothing but a concrete jungle with no charm, no rides, and no fun.

 

First off I wouldn't say Knott's Soak City is no fun. But it is one of those waterparks I visited as a local a couple years ago after a decade of waiting, and I never went back. It's OK but I'm not really a fan of flat terrain water parks, and Soak City is one of those which leads to a lot of flat concrete. It's a shame considering if they added a little bit of imagination and A LOT more trees, it could feel less "artificial." The slides are all risen on those non-themed supports, and after growing up on parks like Raging Waters and the now gone Wild Rivers which have/had quite a bit of terrain built slides, it really leaves a lot to be desired when things are just plopped down. But Cedar Fair wanted another gate for the Summer so non-local guests had "something else to do" and I think it's there just for that. I think if they would have bought some dirt to create big hills and a more terrain-like atmosphere, the park would be much better received.

 

Rode Calico River Rapids today and it was pretty good... My only question is why aren’t the waterfalls working??? And why haven’t they for a long time now?

 

Man, those waterfalls used to SOAK guests to the point of walking out and literally pouring water out of their shoes. I don't know why they were ever shut off, or why they're not used again, but considering the couple times I've ridden it the past couple years, and the current POV's of the updated themeing, the ride really doesn't get you all that wet anymore. It would be great if they turned those things on during the summer months to really drench folks the way it used to.

 

I'm wondering if it's one of those things to get ridership up as if you really got soaked the way they used to, people would be less willing to get on the ride. Getting soaked SUCKS if you have to deal with wet clothes, shoes and socks the rest of the day. I think Roaring Rapids at SFMM is still pretty good at getting the riders wet though.

 

BTW there used to be a photo at the entrance of Big Foot Rapids of the waterfalls being on with a quote saying "You will get wet, you might get DRENCHED!" with the waterfalls on. Literally emphasizing if you were one of the unlucky ones you might just land under one of those waterfalls, but I can't seem to find a picture of it anywhere. The closest one I found is below, MAN you would get SHOWERED! LOL!! Ahhh, those were the good old Big Foot Rapids days...

 

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LOL, that cabin queue is pretty livable, I'd say. And yes, it obviously looks like you can't appreciate all of the new stuff they've done, to the sides of the waterway. Depending on how you're spinning and turning, heh. But in your video, I did see several people seeing a few of the animatronics in action. Like that wolf, howling.

 

Great shots and video, thanks for sharing.

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^ I've seen a lot of parks turn off the waterfalls in cooler months. I really wish river rapids rides were in water parks.

 

Gyeongju World has an interesting system in that the water park has a back gate that leads directly into the area of the theme park across from the splashdown boat and it becomes a water park ride during the hot summer months and the rapids and flume become the only water rides for the theme park guests,

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I am so looking forward to visiting Knott's again, in September.

And Disney. And the wonderful Knott's Hotel. And Mrs.Knott's Chicken!

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My last shot, inside the park. Sept.11, 2016. I call it, "Buh Bye!"

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I am so looking forward to visiting Knott's again, in September.

And Disney. And the wonderful Knott's Hotel. And Mrs.Knott's Chicken!

 

And here it is at its new location in Jakarta:

 

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^ So was it true, that sometimes these things "backfired"

spraying water on the unsuspecting culprit? i.e. Yourself?

Or did you not see this occur while you were there?

 

Great shot, by the way.

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^ So was it true, that sometimes these things "backfired"

spraying water on the unsuspecting culprit? i.e. Yourself?

Or did you not see this occur while you were there?

 

Great shot, by the way.

 

I visited yesterday and yes, I saw it occur. It is a very small spritz of water (imagine a squirt gun), so it won't "soak" you. Just a small surprise for some of the smaller kids messing with it!

 

In general, I loved the revamp. Operations were excellent (the entire queue from under the entrance sign to loading took 50 minutes). Part of this is because there are no real "cattle pen" areas of the queue, which is very nice for theming and keeping guests entertained with scenery. It all looked very well put-together, especially the log cabin portion of the queue. I'm glad Knott's did this and it was long overdue.

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^ So was it true, that sometimes these things "backfired"

spraying water on the unsuspecting culprit? i.e. Yourself?

Or did you not see this occur while you were there?

 

Great shot, by the way.

 

Thanks. They don't backfire but one of the three levers is already broken hehehe.

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I am so looking forward to visiting Knott's again, in September.

And Disney. And the wonderful Knott's Hotel. And Mrs.Knott's Chicken!

 

And here it is at its new location in Jakarta:

 

Had a GP that thought the cobra roll on Hangtime was kept from Boomerang. She didn't believe me when I told her Boomerang was on top of a hotel in Indonesia. I promise I'm not crazy!

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