Knott's Berry Farm adding new dark ride similar to Canada's Wonder Mountain

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:07 PM | Contributed by rollergator

The one-of-a-kind Voyage to the Iron Reef interactive dark ride coming to Knott's Berry Farm in 2015 will drop visitors into the middle of an underwater battle brimming with steampunk-inspired sea creatures determined to destroy the Buena Park theme park. Triotech will handle the video animation and gaming aspects while German-based Art Engineering will install the track and build the ride vehicles.

Read more from The LA Times.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:11 PM

I hope Cedar Point gets one for 2016. A dark ride is long overdue there.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:44 PM

The Justice League rides, Wonder Mountain's Guardian, Escape from Gringott's, Seven Dwarfs, Laff Trakk....is *everyone* building a cool new take on a dark ride these days?

Just because...Fire in the Hole and Blazing Fury also hearkened back to the scenic railways (and Adventureland's Underground followed up even before SF's "Bat in a Box" rides)...but the dark ride genre is going in a bunch of directions at once...even saw one today that had an inversion in the track (somewhere in Europe, IIRC) - good times!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:40 PM

News Flash: Cedar Point Announces new ride for 2016. It is an enclosed ride simulating a journey through space. 3D effects are included on a rollicking ride as passengers are thrust through the galaxy on a trip through outer space. Rocket-ships embark on the journey from the spaceport before being launched into outer-space. A quick turn to the right is followed by a spiral as the rocketship undulates through space. The ride ends with a splashdown landing in Alaska. Astronauts will be given a tour of the Repair bay while awaiting their launch. The adventure, named E-12 will be Cedar Points second dark ride roller coaster experience.

4-1-2014

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:23 PM

Rollergator, the dark ride coaster with an inversion is the "Veil of Dark". It was built in 2013 at Tokyo Joypolis, which is a large FEC in Tokyo with simulators and this coaster replaced the old locally made spinning coaster.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:14 PM

I wonder what, if anything, will be different in terms of the coaster portion of this ride. Not being familiar with the ride manufacturers, it's hard to know if they are just getting a copy with a different movie, or an improved version.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:32 PM

That's the one, Absimilliard...thanks!

Love those guys from Ride Entertainment Systems... ;~P

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:40 PM

NewsPlusNotes is reporting that there will be no roller coaster portion of the ride, if I recall correctly.

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Friday, November 14, 2014 12:02 AM

Interesting that the film is custom for Knott's, making it difficult to rotate to other CF parks. As with any film-based attraction, they get dated quickly so I'm a little surprised. I'm assuming they will be able to switch it over to something for Haunt though which is a nice benefit of this technology.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 9:41 AM

This ride seems longer and more extensive than the Guardian ride at Canada's Wonderland. Six scenes and 3D sets in between. Maybe cutting out the roller coaster aspect allows for more of the budget to go into content for the dark ride.

Last edited by Pete, Monday, November 17, 2014 10:23 AM
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Monday, November 17, 2014 10:06 AM

Jetsetter said:

Interesting that the film is custom for Knott's, making it difficult to rotate to other CF parks.

I vaguely recall similar comments about "Soarin' (Over California)"...with an achin' in my heart.

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