Aging Orange County Star Gets a Makeover

It’s so Orange County to get some work done, isn’t it? A nip here... a tuck there... plump, suck, cut, lift... and voila! A younger, fresher face to show to the world! Well, an old Orange County favorite recently had some amazing work done and the results are FABULOUS!

One of the oldest log flume rides in the country recently received a multi-million dollar lift. The classic attraction, which opened at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1969, remains as one of the most elaborate log flume rides in the U.S. Now with the updates, it's even better!

The Calico Log Ride, as it was originally named, takes guests through an 85-foot-high by 330-foot-long mountain range themed to a nineteenth-century lumber camp.  The ride, housed in an eight-story building, includes 24,000 gallons of water that circulates free floating logs past a variety of mechanical figures and taxidermied animals culminating in a forty-two-foot free fall.

Ethan Wayne and nephew, Duke

Ethan Wayne and nephew, Duke

Back in July 11, 1969 screen legend John Wayne took the inaugural ride with his son Ethan. Much to our delight, Ethan Wayne was there on Thursday to commemorate the new look with his nephew, Duke. How appropriate, right?

Garner Holt Productions of San Bernardino, the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of animatronics for theme parks, museums, dining and retail locations, assisted in the revitalization project. Not only did they upgrade all the ride figures, they’ve also added in new scenes and characters to enhance the ride experience while still maintaining the original theming and storyline.

Check out the new Log Ride scenes:

 

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The Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride remains the most popular ride in the park, because no trip to Knott’s is complete without a splashy drop at the end of the Log Ride!

John Wayne and his son, Ethan

John Wayne and his son, Ethan