Knott's Berry Farm has announced plans to overhaul the classic Timber Mountain Log Ride, which was only the second log flume ride to open in the US.
The ride, which is widely credited as being the inspiration for Disney's Splash Mountain, will close for five months to enable refurbishment and restoration work to take place. Knott's Berry Farm has not revealed the precise budget for the upgrade, but has confirmed that it will make a "multi-million dollar" investment in the project.
The animatronic characters that accompany the opening dark section of the Timber Mountain Log Ride will be "revitalized" by Garner Holt Productions, a leading supplier of animatronics to Disney and other theme park operators. Knott's Berry Farm has promised that all of the ride's characters and scenes will be updated, with additional ones being added as part of the refurbishment work. However, the ride's original storyline will be retained.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride is a classic log flume water ride, manufactured by former Disney supplier Arrow Dynamics. It was only the second attraction of its type to open in the US, following El Aserradero at Six Flags Over Texas. Themed around a nineteenth century lumber camp, it was designed by Bud Hurlbut and first opened to the public on July 11, 1969.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride is expected to reopen in time for the summer 2013 season.