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Something NEW Has Gotten Into the Matterhorn at Disneyland

matterhorn-ad-1978The Matterhorn Bobsleds has been one of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions since it first opened in 1959. Arguably, it is just as recognizable as Sleeping Beauty Castle, as no other Disney park in the world has a Matterhorn mountain dominating its skyline.

Over the years, the Matterhorn has seen many changes, the most notable coming in 1978, when Imagineers filled in the mountain, creating icy caverns, show scenes, and a new resident moved in – the Abominable Snowman. You kids old enough to remember certainly recall the company’s very successful “What’s Gotten Into The Matterhorn?” marketing campaign that was on television ads, billboards, and in print. Those Disneylanders born in the ’80s, ’90s or after, the Abominable Snowman has always just been there. Regardless, the monster (lovingly referred to as “Matterhorn Harold” by Cast Members and fans alike) in the mountain is one of the most popular and well-known attraction-based characters at any Disney park. And, he’s undergone a huge change in the past several weeks.

In the shadow of other Disneyland 60th Anniversary components, especially the new Paint the Night, Disneyland Forever, and World of Color – Celebrate! shows, the Matterhorn’s recent rehab/renovation has gone virtually unnoticed on everyone’s radar, despite the fact that the entire show inside the mountain has been changed. Even the long-anticipated return of the Hatbox Ghost at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has completely eclipsed what’s taken place inside the Matterhorn. The ride is no longer exactly “kid-friendly”, nor is it your daddy’s Matterhorn anymore…

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Knott’s Calico Mine Ride Re-imagined!

Knotts_Summer2014_4629One of the most influential and iconic dark rides in the history of themed entertainment is the Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. Opened in 1960, the Mine Ride has taken countless visitors on a fascinating, historically educational trip through the winding passages of a 7-story-tall mountain smack in the middle of the Farm, and has ignited the imagination of future theme park designers ever since.

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Knott’s Camp Snoopy 30th Anniversary

Camp Snoopy 30th Anniversary LogoIf you haven’t been to Camp Snoopy at Knott’s recently, it’s time to slide that to the top of your Summer To-Do List! Knott’s Berry Farm has just completed a thorough renovation of Camp Snoopy to coincide with the area’s 30th Anniversary. The results are phenomenal, from fresh paint just about everywhere to really gorgeous landscaping and some great new rides for young Knott’s guests and their families to enjoy together! This is just one of the latest amazing renovations that we as fans have witnessed in the past several years, now that Knott’s Berry Farm is under a new general manager and a new CEO sits at the helm of Cedar Fair (Knott’s parent company) in Ohio.

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Knott’s Berry Farm Announces Re-Opening Date for Classic Calico Mine Ride Attraction & Renovated Camp Snoopy

GHP_KBF_Calico Mine Ride_Sawmen_01Knott’s is proud to announce that it will re-open the classic Calico Mine Ride and revitalized Camp Snoopy on June 14, 2014.

The refurbishment of both iconic areas began in early January 2014. The classic Calico Mine Ride, Knott’s first major attraction and theme park industry icon, is currently undergoing an all-encompassing refurbishment complete with new state-of-the-art animatronic figures and enhanced scenery.

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