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A Deep Dive Look at Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott’s Berry Farm

Knotts_Iron_Reef_1978For the first time in nearly 30 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has opened a brand-new dark ride; Voyage to the Iron Reef. This 4D “shooter” is housed in the same show building that has been the home to previous dark rides at the theme park – Knott’s Bear-y Tales, which opened in 1975, followed by Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, which took its place in 1987. Over the years, the KOD space also doubled as a haunted attraction for the park’s wildly-popular Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Vice President and General Manager, Raffi Kaprelyan has wanted a new dark ride at the Farm since he was placed there as part of the executive management team by Cedar Fair several years ago. And, like most theme park executives, Raffi made it clear that he wanted an interactive experience for families to enjoy together; in industry speak, that means a “shooter”, in the same style as Toy Story Midway Mania at nearby Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. In 2014, construction was underway in the space across from the Charles Schulz Theatre; the remnants from Kingdom of the Dinosaurs were completely gutted and once the structure was cleaned up and made ready for the new ride, the project moved forward at a breakneck pace.

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Monty the Monorail Visiting Disney Barn at LA Live Steamers Museum

monty-monorailToday, Sunday, May 17, Monty the Monorail will pass through the Los Angeles area and make a whistle stop at Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum in Griffith Park!

Besides the LALS displays, Monty the Monorail will be accompanied at the museum by an old friend – Disney Legend Bob Gurr, who helped design the vehicle that once operated as part of the Walt Disney World Monorail fleet in Orlando. Monty’s new owner has been touring the country with this piece of Disney history; stopping at the LA Live Steamers property is a big opportunity for Southern California Disney fans to see Monty up close and meet Bob Gurr!

Monty the Monorail is too large to take through the gate into the LA Live Steamers property, so it will be displayed in the parking lot outside, and a large tent will be set up to provide shade for Bob Gurr and Monty’s owner, so that they can mingle with guests in the shade. Guests likely will not be able to access the Monorail while it is on display.

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Disneyland’s 59th Anniversary – Love Letters & Memories

Photo-locations-post-Castle-10_06_DL_-3654Today, Disneyland celebrates its 59th Anniversary. On July 17, 1955, what is arguably the most famous theme park in the world was dedicated “to all who come to this happy place” by a beaming Walt Disney. The following day, Disneyland opened its gates to an eager public, and for the next five plus decades, the Happiest Place on Earth would truly serve “as a source of joy and inspiration to all the world” and the more than 600,000,000 guests that have passed through its main gate and through the entry tunnels to Main Street, U.S.A., and the magical lands beyond.

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The Matterhorn: History of a Disneyland Icon

Matterhorn-Splash-Landscape_5_14_DL_03644-1024x710Since June 1959, the Matterhorn has been a highly visible landmark for Disneyland Park, a sign to travelers that they are nearing The Happiest Place on Earth. Now part of the Disneyland “Mountain Range of Thrill Rides” – including Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain – Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first Disneyland roller coaster.

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Alice Davis Announced for ScareLA!

alicedavisslaDisneyland fans, hang on to your lap bars! ScareLA is thrilled to announce the addition of Disney Legend Alice Davis to its special presentation, When Hinges Creak: Celebrating 45 Years of The Haunted Mansion!

Representing her late husband, Marc Davis, Alice will join Disney Legend Bob Gurr and Doombuggies.com’s Jeff Baham on August 9, 2014 at ScareLA as fans celebrate the iconic Disneyland attraction on its actual 45th Anniversary! The group will reminisce about the Mansion’s design and development, as well as take questions from audience members.

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