Knott’s Soak City Construction Tour: 05/16/17
Last year, at the opening ceremonies for GhostTown75, regional Vice President of Cedar Fair Entertainment Raffi Kaprelyan and brand new General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm Jon Storbeck announced the plans for a massive expansion and upgrade for Knott’s Soak City for 2017. YES, it is massive.
To start, Knott’s purchased 2 acres of land, (yes, they found two acres in Orange County) so they could move parking spaces to allow for the expansion. The plan was to add two new ride installments, with seven new slides. The park now is 15 acres, with 23 speed and tube body slides. Plans also included remodeling Longboard’s Grill, additional seating, and additional cabanas.
On Tuesday, May 16th Knott’s invited the media and bloggers to join them for a construction tour. It was overcast, and the first impression I had was that there was still a lot to do. However, once I got in and looked around, I realized that Knott’s was really on top of this, everything was fully functional, and it was just a matter of cleaning up from the construction and opening the gates. Opening day is May 20th, and the forecast is for a hot, sunny day. It will be amazing!
I had never been to Soak City before, but our tour guide explained that the parking lot basically went all the way to the gate. The new entry is a spacious path, lined with lush greens and flowers. The gates themselves have been repainted, and, as at all Cedar Fair Parks, metal detectors have been installed. All guest and employees must pass through the safety devices.
Fresh paint and green lush grass was abundant throughout the park. Twenty new planters, landscaping, and flowers have transformed this park into a thing of beauty. The expansion includes twenty new cabanas, seating areas with lounge chairs, as well as three refreshment stations for guest enjoyment.
Improvements to Existing Amenities
The Shore Break: What We Have All Been WAITING For.
One of the two new slide complexes is the Shore Break. Featuring four Aqua Launch chambers, riders will enjoy an adrenaline filled water adventure.
The entire complex is reached from one stair case. First, riders will reach the dueling tube slides, which will have riders zipping through adventurous drops and turns.
At the top of the tower are the four Aqua Launch Chambers. And an amazing view.
The Wedge: Family Fun
This just looks like fun for the entire family. Parties of two to six riders, (1000 pound total weight limit per raft) will descend down the twist, turns and unexpected dips into a sparkling splash pool at the bottom.
Knott’s Soak City opens this Saturday, May 20th. Admission is included on your Knott’s Berry Farm Gold Pass, or your Cedar Fair Platinum pass.
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