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May 10, 1999

Knott's May Build A Shoot The Chutes Attraction

Buena Park, CA - Last Friday, the Orange County Register reported that Knott's Berry Farm is making plans to build the tallest water attraction in the U.S.

According to the article, a more than 100-foot tall water ride will be built in the Boardwalk section of the theme park for the summer of 2000. The new shoot-the-chutes ride will be taller than the 100-foot tall Tidal Force attraction at Hersheypark, Pennsylvania.

By late afternoon Friday, Knott's fans were beginning to speculate about the attractions that may be removed to make way for the new ride. Some suggested that the park would remove the Windjammer roller coaster, until a park official stated that the coaster would not be affected by the plans at this time.

Sources report that park will more than likely place the new water ride on the land occupied by the Pacific Pavilion, former home of the dolphin show. The outdoor theater has been unoccupied since last September, when the park pulled the plug on the controversial animal show.

The newspaper article also mentioned that park officials did not wish to discuss the plans, stating that the plans are in the developmental stage and must still go through the environmental impact report process.