Thrills and Chills on Knott’s “Voyage to the Iron Reef”

Ready to defend the Knott’s Berry Farm boardwalk from a horde of mysterious under-water dwellers? Better get crackin’…er…Kraken! At Knott’s spectacular new 4-D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef™, ride-goers become deep sea navigators who have to defeat the Queen Kraken and her army of iron-clad underwater creatures.

Voyage to the Iron Reef On-Ride 1The ride, set to open to the general public on Friday, May 15, puts riders on submarine-like cars and gives everyone a freeze-blaster, allowing riders to compete against each other for high score bragging rights. Through the four-minute ride, more than 40 high definition projectors on screens up to 69 feet long bring the steampunk-inspired world of the Iron Reef to life.

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We had a chance to preview the ride this week with our young tween and it was genuinely a thrill a minute. Each time we went through (five, but who’s counting?) we had a slightly different experience with just as much fun. The ride is not scary in the sense of roller-coaster thrills, but the animation is dramatic and feels very realistic.

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As you progress through the ride, you’ll find enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage. All told, your submarine will navigate 600 feet of track and 11 scenes featuring hundreds of 3-D animation-based creatures and live action special effects.

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Voyage to the Iron Reef™ is a creative partnership between Knott’s and Triotech, the Montreal-based multisensory interactive attraction company that recently won two top industry awards for their work on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland. It promises to be a major attraction for Knott’s as it heads into the busy summer months.

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Also new this summer is an all-new retail shop, Nautilus (formerly Ride Warriors) adjacent to Voyage to the Iron Reef™, with a wide selection of steampunk- and underwater-themed merchandise; and the all-new Boardwalk Arcade, located directly beneath Voyage to the Iron Reef, with a fresh selection of popular video, redemption, and merchandise games, and a new reloadable game card system. Additionally, the laser tag compound inside Boardwalk Arcade will return later this summer with all-new twists, turns and new architectural features inspired by Voyage to the Iron Reef.

Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620. Click for the full schedule of park hours.

Blogger disclosure: I was given the opportunity to do an early preview of the ride. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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