We recently got invited to preview the NEW Calico River Rapids ride before the opening day and it was Fantastic! A huge improvement over Bigfoot. So many great animatronics. Excellent landscaping throughout the ride.

“A new expedition in an uncharted territory awaits eager explorers with Calico River Rapids, now open at Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s white water raft ride, formerly known as BigFoot Rapids, has undergone a major renovation with the addition of new features to the attraction including new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects.

Calico River Rapids takes voyagers on a search for new land through the outskirts of Calico. Rafters encounter a variety of wild surprises along the way, such as roaring rapids, and indigenous wildlife. The circular raft ride, which seats six passengers, traverses through unexpected twists and turns, rushing waters and rapid currents as it navigates the unexplored river path.” -Knott’s Website

Here’s our video of this excellent ride.

Calico River Rapids Grand Opening Trip Report

Town Folks are excited for the Opening of Calico River Rapids.

It’s time for the opening ceremony.

The NEW ride entrance looks great!

Calico River Rapids is now Officially OPEN!

The bear just caught a fish!

Most of these animatronics have sound effects to make sure you know where to look for them.


BEWARE! Bigfoot is inside.

 Calico River Rapids queue is really nice. They even built a new cabin! You can also see some of the animatronics while waiting in line.

Bigfoot is pretty impressive.

The food was Delicious!

Salmon was very moist

Dessert Time!


It costs nothing to get people wet. Other Theme parks charge 25¢ to use their water cannon.

This special Poncho was only for the media event. Hopefully Knott’s sells this poncho to guests in the future.

Exactly one year ago today, it was the Grand Opening of Knott’s HangTime and now today we are back for the Opening of Calico River Rapids.

Thanks for having us, Knott’s We had a blast exploring the new rapids ride.