Knott's Scary Farm 2015 announces new maze, Dead of Winter

Knott's Berry Farm has begun announcing the attractions for its 2015 Halloween Haunt, which will feature two live shows, three scare zones, and 11 mazes, five of them with special "Skeleton Key Rooms" (providing small groups with more personal thrills). Most of these will be returning attractions seen in 2014; the only newcomers are Elvira's Asylum, starring the Mistress of the Dark in another comedic dance show, and  The Dead of Winter, featuring an icy encounter with the Snow Queen and her Viking zombies.

That may sound a bit thin as far as new material goes, but Knotts Scary Farm 2014 was very strong, so we won't mind seeing most of its attractions return. Not all the holdovers have been announced; of those that have, some sound as if they have been upgraded, or at least rebranded:

  • Special Ops: Infected is being retitled "Special Ops: Infected - Patient Zero" this year. Knott's Berry Farm promises more zombies, more missions, and high-tech laser guns in this action-packed, interactive adventure, which arms guests to the teeth so that they can fend off the living dead.
  • Gunslinger's Grave - back for its third year - will be designated "Gunslinger's Grave: A Blood Moon Rises." Presumably, the Moon is Full, because this year the old western ghost town will be haunted by werewolves.
  • Also returning are Pinocchio Unstrung (a demented version of the children's story) and The Tooth Fairy (a gruesomely effective walk through dental horror, which, like Special Ops: Infected, made its debut in 2014).

The three returning scare zones are Fiesta de Los Muertos, Carnevil, and the perennial Ghost Town Streets.

Knott's Berry Farm's 43rd season of Halloween haunting will last 24 nights from September 24 through October 31. Hours are 7pm to 1am on weeknights and Sundays, 7pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets, which are on sale now, run from $39.99 to $69.99, depending on whether they are purchased online, in advance, or at the door.

Get more details from the press release:

Buena Park, Calif. (August 2015) Knott’s Scary Farm, the largest, most haunted experience in Southern California, has unveiled a new spine-chilling maze for its 43rd annual event, The Dead of Winter. The theme park has also announced the return of 2014’s unparalleled interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected - Patient Zero. Also back by popular demand, Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, will star in an all-new show, Elvira’s Asylum. The notorious event returns for 24 horrifying nights September 24 – October 31 and features 11 mazes, three Scare Zones, two live action packed shows, five Skeleton Key Rooms, and a thousand monsters lurking in the fog. Whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…at Knott’s Scary Farm.

New for 2015, escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in The Dead of Winter. Backed by with a ravenous beastly army of resurrected Viking warriors, she is hellbent on avenging her beloved family’s murder, and preys upon any unsuspecting visitors who foolishly enter the borders of her icy domain.

Back by overwhelming demand, guests can enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected - Patient Zero. In 2015, the highly sought-after attraction will include more blood thirsty zombies, twice the amount of challenging missions, brand new high-tech laser guns.

Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular all-new show, Elvira’s Asylum, featuring insane levels music, dance and comedy. Also returning in 2015, the twisted tale of the Tooth Fairy returns with the addition of a gruesomely interactive Skeleton Key room and new horrifying ending. Deadly howls and a full blood moon mark your impending doom as Werewolves take over the crime stricken town, in the return of Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises.
More ways to scream in 2015:

Selling out in its inaugural year, the Knott’s Scary Farm Pass returns in 2015 and offers unlimited visits to all 24 event nights. Current 2015 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders can purchase the pass at the limited time price of $70, now until Sept. 20 (while supplies last, plus applicable taxes and fees); the general public can purchase the pass for $80 (while supplies last, plus applicable taxes and fees). New for 2015, Season Long Parking passes will be valid during Knott’s Scary Farm nights. The Knott’s Scary Farm Pass is exclusively sold online at knotts.com.

Single night tickets are $39.99 - $49.99 depending on the event night when purchased online (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets purchased at least 24 hours in advance at the theme park ticket booths are $49 for all nights, and day-of-event tickets purchased at the ticket booths are $69.

Fright Lane with Skeleton Key offers priority access to all mazes and unlocks five Skeleton Key rooms filled with unnerving terrors, interactive secrets and exclusive scenes. Guests will also receive a commemorative lanyard and collectible keychain. Fright Lane with Skeleton Key passes start at $70. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)

Combo Tickets, offering admission and Fright Lane with Skeleton Key are an especially great value offering savings of up to $34, versus purchasing each item separately at the ticket booths.

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