The oldest roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm will be closed for the rest of 2022 for a lengthy refurbishment.
Exactly what changes will be coming to Montezooma’s Revenge, Knott’s didn’t say. In a short social media post, the park announced the coaster would close on Jan. 10 for “major renovations.” It’s not scheduled to reopen until 2023.
Montezooma’s Revenge will close on January 10, 2022, as major renovations will be taking place to this historic coaster. 🎢 Stay tuned for more information later this year. 🐍 The new Montezooma’s Revenge is scheduled to open 2023. pic.twitter.com/0uEU9tnhfN
— Knott’s Berry Farm (@knotts) January 7, 2022
Montezooma’s Revenge opened in 1978 and was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf, the legendary coaster engineer behind classics such as Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The coaster was the first to use a flywheel launch system. It’s the last ride of this kind operating in the U.S., as well as the oldest shuttle loop coaster operating in its original location, which earned it a designation as a Roller Coaster Landmark by the the American Coaster Enthusiasts in 2019.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot dropping virtual queue
Starting Jan. 10, you can wait for the Disney World’s newest attraction the old-fashioned way.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot will drop its virtual queue system — which required you to secure a ride time as early as 7 a.m. through the My Disney Experience app — and open the standby queue. You’ll still have the option to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane pass for between $8 and $11 per person to skip the standby line.
Remy’s virtual queue had a much shorter lifespan than the one at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which was used from December 2019 through September 2021 (a span that included Disney World’s COVID-19 shutdown and subsequent capacity restrictions). Out west, Disneyland has recently ended the use of virtual queues for its version of Rise of the Resistance, as well as Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure and the Indiana Jones Adventure.
Drury Plaza Hotel at Disney Springs now taking reservations
Reservations are now open for stays at the Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs starting Oct. 27.
The property is an expanded, revamped version of the former Best Western Lake Buena Vista along Hotel Plaza Boulevard northeast of Disney Springs. 264 rooms will be available by the fall, but by the time the renovation is complete in spring 2023, the hotel will sport 604 rooms and 17,000 square feet of event space. Other features will include a “resort-style pool,” two dining experiences, and “an extensive marketplace for grab-and-go food items and sundries.”
Like other hotels in the Disney Springs Resort Area, it will feature perks such as earlier entry to the four Disney World theme parks.
“We look forward to welcoming guests and providing them with a magical experience,” Chuck Drury, CEO of Drury Hotels, said in a press release. “Our designation as an official Walt Disney World hotel means we have been entrusted to adhere to exceptional service standards. Given our track record of providing award-winning guest service, I know our team’s efforts will delight and impress our guests and visitors.”