Knott’s Berry Farm’s New Ride Review - Voyage to the Iron Reef


Knotts Berry Farm - New Ride - Voyage to the Iron Reef

Despite it being May, 2015, the crew of the submarine were dressed in 1880’s clothes as the captain welcomed us aboard to help rid the seas of the dangerous monsters destroying the ships near the Iron Reef. 


Knotts Berry Farm - The Crew of the Iron Voyage

It’s Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest addition to their multitude of fun rides.  The Voyage to the Iron Reef, situated in the Boardwalk area is a 4D video game ride that matches the riders shooting skills against that of the nasty Kraken Queen of the sea and her minion monster creatures.  A ride for the whole family, you are armed with 3D glasses and become deep sea navigators.  Look for the hidden medallions to score points and for treasures from Knott’s past. 

Riders are judged by the number of blimps you shoot.  Scores measured at the end of the day and the highest kill is acknowledged.  (No you don’t get anything other than bragging rights, but it’s fun.)


Knotts Berry Farm - Greeting from Snoopy

While there are numerous steps to climb, an elevator is available to handicap patrons.

We were greeted by Raffi Kaprelyan, the VP and Gen Manager of Knott's Berry Farm, who told us a little history of the park as Bob Gurr, originally one of Walt Disney’s imaginers, who helped design the game.


Knotts Berry Farm - Jeff Gahagan, VP of Maintenance

Jeff Gahagan, VP of maintenance at the park, assisted in planning this new ride, which is based on a similar ride at their Canadian park, Wonderworld


Knotts Berry Farm - Lana Hanneman, Director of Entertainment Productions

 Lana Hanneman, director of Entertainment Productions, said that they wanted something which would fit in with the timeless boardwalk area. 


Knotts Berry Farm - Camp Snoopy Pigpen's Ride - Photo from Knotts

The park recently renovated Camp Snoopy – a six-acre kids park with 30 attractions for the youngsters included the perfected several of their family oriented rides including Surfside Riders and Pacific Scramblers.   

In other areas of the park the Calico Mine ride has also been updated as has the Timber Mountain  Log Ride.

Soon the Ghost Town will celebrate its 75th year. 


Knotts Berry Farm - Old Train

The Knott family – Walter and Cordelia – arrived in Buena Park, then a farming community, in 1920.  By 1934, Walter had cultivated the first boysenberry and began selling it from his roadside stand while Cordelia’s fried chicken became famous throughout the area and was much in demand.   The Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant began attracting visitors from all over the country.


Knotts Berry Farm - Old Fire Engine

Walter developed Old West Ghost Town to entertain visitors and soon began to expand.  Knott’s is California’s oldest themed amusement park. There’s no more haunted house, but the kids can still pan for gold and experience the old west with gun fights, can-can dancers, stagecoaches, and an old fashioned fire engine.   It contains the popular ride The Pony Express as well as the Silver Bullet, Knott’s first suspended coaster and the Calico Railroad, an authentic 1881 steam train. 

The Ghost Town still remains the heart and soul of the park, but there is also Fiesta Village – a celebration of California Spanish legacy, which has La Revolucion thrill ride, the Boardwalk, and Camp Snoopy that includes Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyers, Pig Pen’s Buggies, Linus’ Launder, and Sierra Sidewinder


Knotts Berry Farm - Pony Express

Other exciting rides besides the Silver Bullet are the Xcelerator, Ghostrider,  Supreme Scream, Boomerang, Montezooma’s Revenge,  and Rip Tide.


Knotts Berry Farm - Rides

Some of the fun shows that are available for families are the Wild West Stunt Show, Mystery Lodge- a multi-sensory journey into Native America - and Camp Snoopy Theatre- performances and shows with the Peanuts gang.  Be sure you check the schedules for the times of the shows you want to see.


Knotts Berry Farm - Camp Snoopy - Photo from Knotts

Indian Trails, another area to visit, celebrates the lore, legends and music of the Native Americans. 

Connected with Knott’s 13 acre water park is Soak City  (only open during the summer season from May to September 13,) as well as the Knott’s Marketplace ( a free admission shopping complex outside the park) and 320 room luxury Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, which houses the Amber Wave Restaurant.   

While tickets can be bought for the individual parks, a combo ticket 2 day/2 park ticket is a better price and the seasons pass can include both parks.  On line and clubs can offer discounts.  Hours vary with the season and days of the week.  They are closed Christmas day.  


Knotts Berry Farm - Wagon

During the December holiday season, Ghost Town and Knott’s Merry Farm becomes a shopping wonderland with numerous crafts to be seen, some for free, and others on sale; spring has the Boysenberry Festival and summer ‘s special weekends offers fireworks for the visitors.  Of course, September and October, at Halloween time, they have the infamous Knott’s Scary Farm (which is a separate admission from the park.)

The park is located between the 5 and 91 freeways and is about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles at 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, Ca 90620.  Information can be had at Knott’s website or by calling 714-220-5200.




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