Thursday, June 12, 2014, Knott's Berry Farm kickstarted their summer operating season with the opening of an expanded Camp Snoopy children's area, and the newly-refurbished Calico Mine Ride.
The Camp Snoopy expansion comes following the area's 30th year of operation. It originally opened in 1983 as the first entirely child-centered section at an amusement park. Under the supervision of Charles Schultz, creator of the classic "Peanuts" comics, the land was constructed.
This year's additions to the camp include Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer, Linus Launcher, and Pig Pen's Mud Buggies. Jeff Gahagan, Camp Snoopy Project Manager, noted that it was important for the park to reclaim Camp Snoopy's original High Sierra theme. Joe Cool's GR8 SK8 was removed and Lucy's Tugboat was accordingly re-themed, while much of the fencing and paths were redone. A lot of emphasis was put on the little details as well as the new additions.
The grand reopening ceremony for Calico Mine Ride was a success, and media day attendees, as well as hundreds of excited season passholders, were among the first to experience the refurbished mine ride.
The enclosed attraction, originally opened in 1960, was completely gutted following the 2013 operating season. Everything, from the props to the electrical wiring, was removed and replaced by newer, functioning replacements.
The refurbished Calico Mine Ride boasts over 120 characters, three all-new narrations, a refinished queue, updated cars, and special effects using lights, fog, and smoke. The attraction was re-imagined by Garner Holt Productions, who were also responsible for last year's remodeled Timber Mountain Log Ride. In fact, as revealed by Jeff Shadic, Manager of Park Décor, that it was the success of the log ride that inspired the park to go forward with this latest project.
Both Camp Snoopy and Calico Mine Ride are now officially open, completing the park's collection of 52 rides.