Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary on 2016 with several new entertainment offerings and the re-launch of the newly restored GhostRider attraction.
A new interactive entertainment experience called “Ghost Town Alive!” will premiere in the summer and allow guests to experience the wild, wild west via an interactive experience in which a “different story will unfold throughout all of Ghost Town” each day. The event concludes with a nightly celebration of 75 years of Calico.
The park will open up several areas for guests to walk inside and interact with the citizens including the Barber Shop, Sheriff’s Office and a working horse stable at the Barn.
An all-new show is also being planned for a new Calico Stage currently under construction that is themed after an old abandoned mine. Both the Calico Saloon and Wagon Camp will close in early 2016 for renovations and to prepare for new shows that will debut in the summer.
The site of the old stage will become Calico Park, set to open in the summer, where guests can take a load off their feet and also enjoy entertainment from a small stage that will be set up for live performances.
The iconic GhostRider attraction — “the longest, fastest and tallest wooden rollercoaster in the West Coast” — will also reopen after undergoing a complete restoration that began in September.
Brand new state-of-the-art trains with the appearance of mining cars have replaced the old coaster trains and the ride has been outfitted with a complete wooden re-tracking.
“GhostRider was the last attraction commissioned by the Knott family, and this restoration project ensures that the family’s final gift to the park will continue to thrill generations of thrill seekers to come,” said Raffi Kaprelyan, Knott’s Berry Farm’s vice president and general manager in a press release. “Seventy five years ago, Walter and Cordelia Knott created a place where guests could live out their dreams of the Wild West, and I think they’d be very proud of how it continues to resonate with guests of a new generation.”
Near the GhostRider attraction, the popular Panning for Gold attraction will also be restored to its original location beginning next summer to allow for more space for guests to look for treasure.
Additionally, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will undergo a complete renovation throughout the dining areas and a redesigning of the kitchen, lobby area as well as a new outdoor seating area.
Work has already begun and the restaurant will temporarily close on Jan. 4 until the grand re-opening projected to take place in spring 2016. While the restaurant is closed, Chicken To Go, the take out dining location will continue operations.
For more information on the new changes to the park, be sure to visit Knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone.