While I know there is an audience and place for that style of park, my plan for Knotts (a) focused on its history and original spirit by resurrecting and updating its more unique sights and attractions; and (b) made it a more park-like setting, rather than a visual cacophony of track, tower and pylon. This meant removing every naked steel coaster and skytower from the park and adding berms and green areas to account for sightlines. My goal was to create a compelling Sense of Place in each of the lands, to minimize reminders to the visitor that they are in an amusement park, and do more to sell the illusion that the visitor has stumbled upon an Old Western town, a colonial Mexican village, an overgrown Mayan capital, etc. I have this idea that if a theme park is well-planned to be timeless, executed at the highest level and impeccably maintained, it reduces the capital-intensive need to constantly update/re-imagine areas with newer, bigger rides.
Meeting the above goals with the current KBF required major reconstructive surgery. The first thing I did was bury HWY 39 that cuts through the middle of the property. Large parking structures take up the lower right (in this view) portion of the property, with underground access ramps from the new HWY 39 tunnel. The opposite corner of the park (upper left) is where employee parking and Back of House logistical areas are located.
The Calico-Ghost Town Railroad now encircles the park via a planted berm, providing the feel of traveling through wilderness (and city) and serving as transportation to the four corners of the park (stops at the themed resort hotel, Whitewater Wilderness, Fiesta Village and Reflection Lake).
OLD WEST GHOST TOWN
The existing hotel is demolished in favor of a highly-themed Calico Springs Hotel that has direct park access via foot and train and supports the theme park both visually and story-wise.
ROARING 20s BOULEVARD
KNOTTS BEAR-Y WOODS
MAYAN WATER KINGDOM