In an attempt to adapt to current trends, last year Knott’s shocked the theme park world by announcing that 2015 would be the year when they went digital. For those paying attention this is not new news, however it is an interesting turn for Knott’s and with the grand opening coming soon it is worth revisiting.
Knott’s has traditionally been… well… traditional. Holding on to the older ways was what Knott’s was famous for and they did it well. Old school yet still well done rides, shows and attractions gave Knott’s its charm and allure. The question then begs, with Knott’s catching up with the times in this way, is it trying to compete with other parks way ahead of it, or will this just be a step to engage another level of guests that they were neglecting.
While always at the forefront of entertainment during the Halloween season, Knott’s has struggled a but with technology over the years. The jump to this new ride system will be interesting, especially if they choose to continue down this path.
Voyage to the Iron Reef will be Knott’s first 3D ride and will incorporate 4D technology and effects. The concept art released (see below) during last year’s IAAPA showed some impressive gaming tech and beautiful screen images.
The concept is that a great Kraken has awakened beneath Knott’s and is attacking the park. Guests will board 4-person submarines inspired vehicles and plunge to the bottom of the ocean where they will “freeze” steam-punk inspired sea creatures and navigate through underwater forests, current tunnels and mechanical wreckage. The 600ft long track will contain 11 scenes and feature hundreds of live action special effects and media based creatures, including ballooning Puffer fish, and an Iron Clad Octopus.
The location for the ride will be based where previous fan favourites (Knott’s Bear-y tales and Kingdom of the Dinosaurs) were housed. Voyage is slated to be the 2015 centrepiece for knots and is scheduled for opening in May of this year. We will keep you updated as we learn more.