Monday, January 26, 2015

First Departures to Knott's Iron Reef Announced + Amusement Dark News

Knott's Berry Farm has announced that the park's new 4-D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef, will send its first passengers under the water on May 15th, 2015.

Located in the park's Boardwalk section, the ride will pit park visitors against an army of strange underwater creatures, where "underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, mysterious mechanical wreckage, high definition 3-D animation will surround guests at every turn."

To celebrate the ride's opening date, the park released this teaser advertisement - helping to build the mystery surrounding the journey.  The ride is media based with a gaming component, which combines "the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of high tech video games."  Riders will compete with one another to see who can get the highest score as they use their "freeze ray" to blast the underwater creatures trying to destroy Knott's.  All time high scores will be posted at the attraction's exit area.

You can read more about Voyage to the Iron Reef on Knott's official website, which is also where I noticed this little guy:

We first saw Cedar Fair trademark this name back in early 2013, and have since heard it briefly mentioned as the overall name of the dark ride initiative that Matt Ouimet is creating at the parks.  Almost like a 'brand' for the set of dark rides that are being built, with each one carrying its own theme.

I hadn't seen much more of it since then, so I'm surprised to see it on the new ride's webpage - complete with a fancy logo.  Low and behold, it's on Wonder Mountain's Guardian's page as well.  Hopefully this means the company is strengthening their stance on dark rides, with perhaps even more (elaborate ones) to come!