I know the Knott's Berry Farm Boardwalk
announcement was exciting but even more exciting is news about my favorite ride at Knott's Berry Farm
!!! The Calico Log Ride! It has and always will be my favorite. There is just nothing like it. It is a true classic. The Calico Log Ride opened on July 11, 1969 with screen legend John Wayne. This year the newly renovated ride will open with a new name Timber Mountain Log Ride
and upgrades. Garner Holt Productions of San Bernardino is working with the Knott's team to upgrade all the ride figures and sets as well as add new scenes and characters to enhance the ride experience while still maintaining the original theming and storyline of the attraction.
I'll be honest. Ever since I became a parent, I don't really do "scary" rides anymore. I've discussed this with other parents and they feel the same. That being said, I am so excited to ride the log ride!
Congratulations Knott's Berry Farm!
The original sketch by Calico Log Ride designer Bud Hurlbut
Bud Hurlbut and Walter Knott
The Knott's - Cordelia and Walter Knott with John Wayne! Cordelia is christening the ride with a bottle of boysenberry!
Over the years...
One of the new scenes!
Making figures at Garner Holt Productions
I was AMAZED at how realistic the figure and animals look - Excellent work Garner Holt Productions!
Creative Design Director Bill Butler of Garner Holt answering questions in Scene 6 of Timber Mountain Log Ride
The outside of the Log Ride was drained - never realized how deep it really is!
Disclosure: I was invited to a media preview and hard hat tour.
Labels: Bud Hurlbut, Buena Park, Calico Log Ride, Garner Holt Productions, Knott's, Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County, Theme Parks, Timber Mountain Log Ride