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.
Six Flags New Orleans has been under much speculation since its closure in 2005. After suffering massive damage from Hurricane Katrina the park and the land it sits on has been just sitting there not receiving much attention from investors. That all changes with the filming of the highly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World.
Shooting for Jurassic World has been going on for almost two months and is set mostly inside a functional theme park which features live dinosaurs. Now filming is picking up and moving to the once functional amusement park, Six Flags New Orleans. The now abandoned will be home to the filming of several scenes in the movie.
There has been no news on what areas of the park Jurassic World will be shot in. Nor is it publicly known at this time what type of scenes are to be shot at the old Six Flags location. Will the scenes shot here include the masses enjoying an afternoon of dinosaur fun? Or will they be screaming as the park is destroyed by mutated dinos? Since movies are not always filmed in order we will have to just wait to see Six Flags New Orleans receive its new life on the big screen.
This is not the first time that the deserted Six Flags New Orleans has been used to shoot a film. The park was used most recently for this summer’s block buster, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but has also served as a back drop in, Killer Joe, Stolen and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt is scheduled to hit theaters June 12, 2015.