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Knott's Berry Farm's log ride to undergo overhaul

January 03, 2013|By Hugo Martin
  • Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm will undergo a five-month renovation.
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm will undergo a five-month… (Knott's Berry Farm )

Another classic Southern California theme park attraction is undergoing a major overhaul.

Knott's Berry Farm's Timber Mountain Log Ride will close for five months, starting this month, for a renovation of the ride's automated figures and sets and to add new scenes and characters.

The log ride, which opened in 1969, is housed in an eight-story building. Riders on log vehicles float in 24,000 gallons of water and glide past mechanical figures and taxidermied animals before dropping down a 42-foot free fall.

The park says workers plan to upgrade the figures and sets while keeping the ride's theme of a 19th century lumber camp. Knott's Berry Farm declined to say how much the project would cost, saying only it is a "multimillion refurbishment and restoration project."

Last year, Disneyland closed one of its most popular rides, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, for several months to complete a top-to-bottom overhaul.

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