Friday, November 07, 2014
Timber Mountain Log Ride
Another day at Knott's Berry Farm as I take you on a journey through the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Debuting in 1969, this classic attraction was recently refreshed in 2013. I can't help but get annoyed by the background tower, which takes me out of my Ghost Town haze.
The rock work doesn't quite seem up to Disneyland standards, but it still works.
Plenty of waterfalls along the queue line.
A little animated gif loop of the first hill in the attraction.
The back-side of water, Knott's-style:
A nice tribute to Bud Hurlbut:
The view as I saw it up the first hill (it was a challenge keeping my camera dry!):
Lots of animatronic figures along the way:
They all look fairly realistic, but I prefer the artistic stylings of the Marc Davis figures from Pirates of the Caribbean instead vs. a figure that attempts to look perfectly human.
A few animatronic animals to give a bit of a scare:
This detailed view shows another Hurlbut tribute:
Plenty of action:
Still, this attraction just doesn't pack the same wallop for me as the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean. Maybe somebody more eloquent can express why the individual scenes from those two attractions seem much more exciting and beg more frequent trips than the Timber Mountain Log Ride.
Either the blast effects were off or the grand finale just isn't very grand:
Ken Stack (of Liberty Ranch fame) and John Waite are shown finishing up their journey on this attraction:
Overall, it was a fun ride; you definitely get wet and compared to Splash Mountain, the thrills seem much more uncontrolled (in a good way!). Still, without any truly memorable characters (like the Red Headed Wench, Hitchhiking Ghosts, etc.), other than to reshoot it with my low light lens, I really can't say that I have a huge interest in riding it again soon. I have been spoiled by the Disneyland dark-ride attractions that are thought out like a very well-planned movie: perfectly designed, perfectly lit, and full of heart & humor.
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