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Voyage to the Iron Reef


Every holiday season, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms their park into Knott’s Merry Farm, a Christmas celebration for all ages. Families travel from all over the country to enjoy their thrilling attractions, festive holiday decorations, and faux snow. One of their main attractions last year was the Voyage to the Iron Reef, a 4-D interactive ride where participants used freeze rays to "save Knott's Berry Farm" from the mysterious creatures that emerged from beneath the Boardwalk.

The Goal

The goal of this project was to revamp the color scheme for Voyage to the Iron Reef. The theme park wanted the ornamentation and decor for this attraction to seamlessly match the Charles M. Schulz theater and Cordy’s Corner décor packages, and they also wanted to add festive touches to the Nautilus store that tied the ride with the store together.

Design & Concepting

Designers worked to coordinate the destinations by replacing the existing gold décor package at Charles M. Schulz with a palette of silver, and varying shades of blue in both signature and designer finished ornamentation, tying in acrylic snowflakes and silver and blue bows.

The team continued the color palette on to the wreaths, sprays, and garland within The Voyage to the Iron Reef and Nautilus Store, but added touches of the ride’s aesthetic within the décor elements, by adding various sizes of “gears” and connecting “rods” seen during the ride voyage.

Lastly, the team added a combination of both blue and warm white mini lights to the foliage to add a pop of the ride’s blue tone to the evening ambiance.

Take a Sneak Peek at Production!

For this project, our design team focused a lot on the details seen within the ride. For example, to play up the iron theme, “gears” were designed and printed on a durable sintra substrate that was then hand-painted to ensure the gold and brown colors shown within the ride matched perfectly to the décor program.

The Result

The result was a comprehensive, on-theme holiday décor program. The Knott’s Berry Farm team was pleased with the result of the cohesive package that Dekra-Lite designed, fabricated, and installed. Guests of all ages were amazed by the details put into the Voyage to the Iron Reef attraction.

Learn More

Are you interested in learning more about the decorations we used for Knott's Berry Farm's Voyage to the Iron Reef attraction. Or perhaps you would like us to help you create a holiday program for your property? Our design experts would be happy to help. To get started, contact us today by calling 714-436-0705 or fill out the form below.

As of January 5, 2020, the Voyage to the Iron Reef has closed to make room for a new Bear-y adventure! Stay tuned for what’s to come in the 2020 Holiday Season.