Saturday, December 30, 2006

Knott's Berry Farm- Before and After Part 1

It had been a while since I went to Knotts berry Farm. I knew that many of the thematic elements which made it such a special place were removed to make room for roller coasters. During my recent trip I tried to compare old photographs of Knotts to what remains left. Some places were completely gone, and I could not do any comparisons. But I was able to do a few. So here is the first in a series of before and after pictures of Knotts Berry Farm.


This shot shows the Timber Mountain Log Ride in the late seventies. The ride is often called the best log ride in the country. Out of how many I don't know. It opened in 1969 and has remained a park favorite. The good thing about this shot is how much you see. The theming and overall experience rivals even the best attractions from Disney theme parks. Well, maybe not the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean.


This similar shot shows that not much has changed to the exterior of the attraction itself. The biggest difference is the growth of the trees. Unfortunately, they cover up so much of the mountain that it makes taking these comparison pictures difficult. Another difference is the view of the rides behind the mountain. On the left is xcelerator, and directly behind Timber Mountain is Supreme Scream. They really take away from the Ghost Town feel of the area. But to be fair, so did the parachute ride and sky cabin when they opened in 1976.

View the official Knotts Berry Farm website here.


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