September 12, 2003
Buena Park, CA -- Knott's Berry Farm announced that it's moving The Church of Reflections to make room for a park expansion. The multi-denominational church rescued from demolition in 1955 by Walter Knott will be relocated across the street from the theme park to provide easier access for church goers.
The new location adjacent to the park's picnic facilities on the east side of Beach Boulevard will provide more convenient access with handicapped parking in front. Knott's intends to rebuild the structure as close to its original state as possible, including maintaining the original stained glass windows.
The relocation of the church will enable Knott's to remain competitive with Southern California theme parks and proceed with plans for a major new attraction in late 2004. The park will unveil the plans for the new attraction after this year's Halloween Haunt event in October.
In addition to relocating the church Knott's is spending $5 million on new improvements for 2004 including $3 million for a new thrill ride called Rip Tide. According to the park Rip Tide will twist and turn 38 passengers in 360-degree arcs, eventually reaching a height of 59 feet.
The new attraction will be located in the Boardwalk area of the park and will replace the Hammerhead ride that is slated to close later this year. Rip Tide is scheduled to debut in spring 2004.