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  • Tribute to Kingdom of the Dinosaurs

    We will always remember! I miss this attraction so much....

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NriQbh6nj4E]YouTube - Kingdom of the Dinosaurs Full Ride Through[/ame]

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    We went with our cousins to Knott's the summer this opened - I think we waited for 2 hours and were just in awe! (Of course, I was probably about 12).
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      It makes me sick in disgust at Knotts just watching it. Haven't been to the park since they closed this attraction.

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        It's a damn shame that Knott's took out this ride. The park desperately needs a dark ride like this.

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          Knottspreserved.com has a new page dedicated to the ride.

          Kingdom of the Dinosaurs - 1987
          It's a stiff!!!

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            I don't know why they have to remove it. Now, there no longer a dark ride at Knott's.

            This ride also reminded me of Eddie Murphy "Beverly Hill Cop," when he was fighting crime at an amusement park.
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              Re: Tribute to Kingdom of the Dinosaurs

              Originally posted by Chunk View Post
              Knottspreserved.com has a new page dedicated to the ride.

              Kingdom of the Dinosaurs - 1987
              Thanks for posting that, they have a great video on there. It's amazing to me that this rivals some of the top dark rides at Disneyland and they closed it. What should have happened was a complete refresh with new animatronics and redesigned exterior. This was a huge blow to creativity inside of Knotts.

              What's spooky is that the attraction is still largely intact but vandalized.

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              • #8
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                Actually, the attraction that was there before Kingdom of the Dinosaurs had an even bigger Disney connection. It was called "Knott's Beary Tales", and it was basically a precursor to Splash Mountain. Rolly Crump designed the attraction, and it was the tale of a group of bears living in the woods who made Boysenberry pies, and they were taking them to the county fair. I remember going on this attraction distinctly when I was little. They even had the smell of Boysenberry piped in when you passed certain sections. Also, the entire track was rolling hills, so it felt like the cars were moving up & down..which they were! I was a very cute attraction, and one of the best non-Disney dark rides I've ever been on. Kingdom of the Dinosaurs was also great, but not as good as it's predecessor, in my opinion.

                stuff from the park: Knott's Beary Tales August 21, 1982

                Here's a video of the ride.
                [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILN5cVYmWUE]YouTube - Knott's Bear-y Tales full ridethrough video[/ame]
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                  Haha, what I miss the most is how cheesy the T-Rex's roar used to be when the guests passed by it.

                  ROAR, ROOAR, ROAR

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                    Re: Tribute to Kingdom of the Dinosaurs

                    Originally posted by gurgi View Post
                    Actually, the attraction that was there before Kingdom of the Dinosaurs had an even bigger Disney connection. It was called "Knott's Beary Tales", and it was basically a precursor to Splash Mountain. Rolly Crump designed the attraction, and it was the tale of a group of bears living in the woods who made Boysenberry pies, and they were taking them to the county fair. I remember going on this attraction distinctly when I was little. They even had the smell of Boysenberry piped in when you passed certain sections. Also, the entire track was rolling hills, so it felt like the cars were moving up & down..which they were! I was a very cute attraction, and one of the best non-Disney dark rides I've ever been on. Kingdom of the Dinosaurs was also great, but not as good as it's predecessor, in my opinion.


                    Here's a video of the ride.
                    THANK YOU so much for posting this video; I have not seen it before...

                    It brought back a lot of memories; I have talked about "Knott's Berry Tales" before, and so many folks don't remember it; well done, and it was adorable!

                    (and the 'Hoosier' accents on the riders is hysterical!!

                    'So, we're now in the Frog Forest ey?'
                    'Now we're in the Gypsy Camp ey?''

                    Cracked me up!!)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Tribute to Kingdom of the Dinosaurs

                      Berry Tales was better, but either attraction was better than what is there now . . . nothing!

                      The days of Knott's trying to hold its own against Disney seem to be over. And that is sad. This park has an amazing history and at one time also had very high standards. I still love Knott's, but am disappointed that they seem to have given up on the family market.

                      With any luck, the buy out will go through and the new owners will pour the necessary money and creativity back into this jewel in the rough.
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                      • #12
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                        Omg!!!! I forgot how a great ride this was! (well, back then) It never had a line when I would go. I noticed they moved many props into the log ride there, like some animals, trees, & even the moon with the stars background!

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                          Awesome! Thanks for posting that!
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                            Just imagine if Knotts had both these rides still in the park, it would be such a better place. Just a damn shame...

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                            • #15
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                              This ride also reminded me of Eddie Murphy "Beverly Hill Cop," when he was fighting crime at an amusement park.
                              Oh, the irony! BHC III partially took place in a fictitous theme park called "Wonder World", with the exteriors shot on location at Great America in Santa Clara, which, at the time was "Paramount's Great America", making the movie kind of synergistic. (I'm pretty sure the dinosaur ride scenes were shot inside of a sound stage) Now, wouldn't you know, Great America is owned by Cedar Fairs, the current owners of Knott's!

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