Knott's Southern California Resort '04, It's offic

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 3:28 PM
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BUENA PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 2003--
-- Theme Park Makes Room for 2004 Capital Project --


Knott's multi-denominational church rescued from demolition in 1955 by Walter Knott will be moving to a more convenient location with easier access for church goers. The Church of Reflections has been a staple at Knott's ever since Mr. Knott moved the 1876 church from its original location in Downey. The Knott's Berry Farm founder had the clapboard church taken down and rebuilt it in its current location among the stagecoach, steam train and roller coasters.

"Moving the church to a location outside the gates of the park provides more convenient access, including close-in free parking and handicapped parking immediately in front. We are rebuilding the structure as close to its original state as possible, including maintaining the original stained glass windows, but ensuring the building meets earthquake safety standards and mandated codes. A new landscaping plan is in place and the structure will be surrounded with a secure fenced enclosure," Jack Falfas stated in a letter to the congregation on Sunday.

For the first time in the church's history within the boundaries of the theme park, the small house of prayer will add a Children's Ministry program beginning this Sunday. "With the relocation, we have the opportunity to expand the congregation and provide more programs such as the Children's Ministry. We're very excited about the possibilities," explained Pastor John A. Johnson. The pastor has been leading the congregation at the Church of Reflections for the past year, since the retirement of longtime pastor Sheldon Perrine. In addition to the youth program, the church Pastoral Council is considering adding more worship services in the hopes of growing the core congregation.

Moving the church to its new location adjacent to the Park Pavilion Picnic Center on the East side of Beach Boulevard will enable Knott's to expand other capital projects on the existing site. To remain competitive within the amusement industry, future growth includes a major capital addition in late 2004 with a complete unveiling of the plans after the park's October Halloween Haunt event. The last service in the current structure will take place on October 5. The inaugural service in the new location will be November 16, 2003.

Capital improvement plans for 2004 total $5 million, including the installation of Rip Tide, a $3 million thrill ride that will twist and turn 38 brave riders in awesome 360-degree arcs, eventually soaring 59 feet into mid-air. The new attraction will be located within the Boardwalk area replacing The Hammerhead attraction. Rip Tide is scheduled to debut in the Spring.

Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Knott's, Cedar Fair owns and operates five other amusement parks and five water parks, and operates a seventh amusement park under a management contract.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 3:55 PM
I can wait till late 2004.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 3:57 PM
So "late 2004" and "unveiling of plans after the park's October Halloween Haunt event." Now that is what I've been waiting for.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 4:32 PM
Sounds great but could someone explain or give a link as to what a Rip Tide is? Thanks
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 4:33 PM
Rip Tide is the personal name for the ride. From the description, I think it's safe to say we have a standard Top Spin headed our way to replace HammerHead.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 4:42 PM
Is there anything wrong with Hammerhead or are they moving it to another park? I actually thought the ride was pretty fun. Isn't this their 3rd or 4th flat removed in the past few years?

-Danny
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 4:45 PM
Apparently Hammerhead is a maintenance nightmare and would be better out of commission than in operation. I'd take a top spin over Hammerhead, but what I'm really waiting for is the coaster coming in late 2004.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 6:08 PM
Damn, Hammerhead is one of the select few flatrides that I actually enjoy. If the replacement is in fact a topspin, I guess I wouldn't be too upset, I like those too.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 8:35 PM
Wait, weren't there rumblings from "the people who know" (tm) that knotts was supposed to shake up socal next year with its 2004 additon? Mind you, I am sure this is a great addition. But I was thinking along the lines of something more than a 3mil dollar ride.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 8:40 PM
Apparently, you did not read the entire article. In addition to the relocation of Church Of Reflections and the Rip Tide attraction, it mentioned - "future growth includes a major capital addition in late 2004 with a complete unveiling of the plans after the park's October Halloween Haunt event."
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 8:46 PM
But.....it also states that "capital improvements for 2004 total 5M"....I am vaguely aware of the Intamin *project* that was slated for '04. So the question is....how does 5M work out to a flat AND an Intamin ride....is this the "fuzzy math" that politicians talk about so much....;)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 9:07 PM
Didn't you know 'gator'?

Intamin kiddie rocket coasters are the new rage. :)

Get launched at an un-godly speed of 2 mph in just 14.5 seconds as you climb the 4ft tophat. :)

For the low..... low..... cost of just 1.5 mil.

Bargain shopping is in. ;)

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 9:56 PM
I have heard something about the new coaster landing in the 2005 financial year, but in the very late 2004 calender year.

Rollergator: And as best I've heard, its not an intamin. Its one of those designers you Floridians have too many of. Please share the wealth. ;)

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8 Days- 10 parks. May 2003

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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 9:58 PM
Hmmm...a 38 seat top spin, this is gonna be something different. Regular top spins have 40 people.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003 10:00 PM
No one said it was a top spin, not confirmed anyway. Then again, a couple of the Mondial spinning rides carry 38 riders.

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The Trip: CP, SFWoA, PKI, KW, HW, IB, SFGAm, MiA and LeSourdsville too.
8 Days- 10 parks. May 2003

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 2:47 AM
it says 38 seats so maybe its the new top spin that has seats facing both ways i heard about one of those coming from huss overseas maybe this will be the first american model

at first i thought thay were talking about a zamperla hawk 48 but that has 48 seats unless there really making it custom but its taller than 50 feet its like 65 feet the one at kennywood is the best(Aero 360)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:49 AM
I think most businesses fiscal years run Oct. - Sept., so Knott's new capital improvement for ther 2005 fiscal year could indeed come in late 2004. At least this is how I understand it. I'm just glad I'll be making my first trip out to So-Cal in May of 2005. The new ride should be ready by then! :)
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 7:01 AM
Wait a minute, if the last service in the park is on November 5th, but innaugural service on November 16th, I take it the "innaugural" service will be at the constuction site?? I guess if the site is prepared, they could move it that quickly...but wow.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 7:48 AM
The Orange County Register reports that Riptide is a floorless top spin made by Huss. It will have back-to-back seating. :) Go Knott's.

They also confirm that the coaster will fall under the 2005 financial year, but will indeed open in 2004.

There's probably an article on their site, but I don't have time to find it right now..

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The Trip: CP, SFWoA, PKI, KW, HW, IB, SFGAm, MiA and LeSourdsville too.
8 Days- 10 parks. May 2003

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Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:37 AM
Screamscape says the rumored name for the rumored B&M invert is Silver Bullet. Given the confined location, should be quite an interesting layout, can't wait to see how it will intertwine with Jaguar.

http://www.screamscape.com/html/knott_s_berry_farm.html

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