Knott's Berry Farm has announced that it will completely overhaul the Calico Mine Ride and the Camp Snoopy area for the 2014 season.
The Calico Mine Ride is one of Knott's Berry Farm's oldest and most enduring attractions, taking takes guests on a train journey through a mock gold mine populated by scenes of miners at work. The look-and-feel is similar to Disney's Big Thunder Mountain (and, indeed, is often said to have inspired the Disney attraction), although it is very much a dark ride rather than a roller coaster.
The attraction is set to receive a similar update to that of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which was carried out earlier this year. Long-time Disney supplier Garner Holt Productions will create new animatronic figures and show scenes for the ride. In total, over 50 new animatronic characters will be installed along with all-new audio and lighting systems and additional special effects.
Both the Timber Mountain Log Ride and the Calico Mine Ride are the creations of legendary designed Bud Hurlbut. The Mine Ride has been open since 1960.
Knott's Berry Farm will also transform Camp Snoopy, which is the current iteration of a children's area that was first opened 30 years ago. The park claims that it will be restored "with the original inspiration in mind", referring to the nature's wonderland created by the Knott Family. New rides will also be part of the refurbishment.