When the calendar turned over from 2012 to 2013, many made their New Year’s Resolutions, and the same could be said for some parks. Just before the calendar turned, Knott’s Berry Farm announced its New Year’s Resolution: to give the old Timber Mountain Log Ride a major overhaul. According to the park’s press release, the renovation will be a multi-million dollar restoration project that will begin in January.
The old Timber Mountain Log Ride opened at the park on July 11, 1969 as just the second log flume ride in the entire US. Designed by Bud Hurlbut, the attraction cost $3.5 million and was originally called the Calico Log Ride, to go along with the Calico Mine Ride already at the park. Running around and through a huge mountain with 24,000 gallons of water and countless “animals,” the ride ends with a 42-foot drop.
Raffi Kaprelyan, General Manager of Knott’s, said of the ride in the press release, “ The Timber Mountain log Ride not only embodies the spirit of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it also set the bar for all themed attractions that came after.” The park will be getting help renovating the ride from Garner Holt Productions, one of the world’s largest designers and manufacturers of animatronics, and plans to be done by the middle of 2013. The ride should maintain its original theming and storyline, but will have all its figures, animatronics, and sets upgraded, while introducing a few new ones to the fray.
The reopening of the Timber Mountain Log Ride will follow alongside the park’s work on its boardwalk section. For the 2013 season, the park will be expanding its “California Boardwalk” theme by adding in new attractions to bring that part of the park’s popularity back up after the loss of Perilous Plunge. Coming later this year before the renovation of Timber Mountain is completed are the Pacific Scrambler, Surfside Glider, and the Coast Rider family coaster.