First built in 1969, and completely refurbished in 2013, the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm is a wonderful thrill, and an important piece of American Amusement History. The whole CoasterDad Team was lucky enough to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of this American Treasure. In Part 1, we start upstairs with a tour of the animatronics that make the ride such a wonderful experience.
What you may not (Knott) know is that the so-called props in this ride are genuine pieces of American Mining History. Real steam engines have been refurbished and brought to life through the brilliance and creativity of the Knott’s Animation Team. The spinning gears of the millwork are actually made of wood patterns once used to forge real steel gears for mills and mines.
Glen, who was kind enough to show us around, has worked at “The Farm” for 36 years, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re ever in Southern California, make sure to enjoy at least a day at Knott’s Berry Farm. Definitely a CoasterDad favorite!