GRAND OPENING: Knott’s Berry Farm’s CALICO RIVER RAPIDS brings new life to classic water ride

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Calico River Rapids is now officially opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park! Following a grand opening rope cutting ceremony last night, we were amongst the first to take a journey on the fantastic new waterborne adventure!

We’ve got pictures and full POV on-ride video for you below from the opening night festivities! The re-imagined raft ride brings fun new sight gags and special effects by Garner Holt Productions, Inc. and now further extends out the Calico Ghost Town’s footprint; folding the narrative for the attraction into land’s backstory.

Expect the refreshed expeditions to feature new inhabitants along the riverbanks, updated landscaping, and a whole new fun way to get absolutely soaked! Plus… brave an encounter with the one and only fearsome Sasquatch that is known to inhabit the caves along the river!

Grand Opening Ceremony

Hankerin’ for more? Check out the FULL Grand Opening ceremony for Calico River Rapids at Knott’s Berry Farm.

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There was a big hullabaloo in Calico as Mayor Horton Parnell along with his wife Pearl and several Ghost Town residents were in tow for the grand opening of Pott’s and Coulter’s new river expeditions.

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Complete Ride-Through Experience

Hankerin’ for more? Check out the FULL Calico River Rapids POV ride-through.

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The queue winds through the attraction itself and cuts you through a beautiful rustic cabin.

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The revamp of this attraction brings beautiful new landscaping and a host of new inhabitants.

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Similar to the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride, the scenery is filled with fun and imaginative sight gags and visuals.

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Those who opt not to embark on a river adventure can still get in on the fun with free-of-charge TNT boxes that you can activate to further soak unsuspecting raft-riders. But be careful, these boxes bite back and you might find yourself getting a little taste of your own medicine when water splashes back at you!

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Some of the attraction’s show elements are visible from the main walkways.

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At night, beautiful lighting gives a whole new character to the attraction.

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Ghost Town Alive!

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The summer tradition is back again this year from May 24 – September 2, 2019Guests are invited to visit the beloved town of Calico to experience an authentic old west adventure by becoming the star in the all-new storyline. Each guest has the power to unlock experiences with characters, influence the day’s events, and take on new challenges in this “alive” version of the Old West.

For the media premiere, the residents were milling around the village and interacting with everyone for the evening’s festivities.

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Walking through Ghost Town after the park has closed is a special kind of magic.

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See it for Yourself

CALICO RIVER RAPIDS is open now. Ghost Town Alive! runs from May 24 – September 2, 2019!

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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