Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ Theme Park Inspired by Knott’s and Magic Mountain – Orange County Register
A new alien sci-fi mystery from the filmmaker behind the horror films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ features a fictional theme park at the center of the story that is inspired by Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Trailers for Jordan Peele’s new film “Nope,” which hits theaters Friday, July 22, focus on Jupiter’s Claim theme park with a California gold rush town playing a key role in the film.
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A promotional website created for Jupiter’s Claim describes the film’s amusement park in terms that are surprisingly similar to Knott’s and Magic Mountain.
Jupiter’s Claim theme park is run by Ricky “Skirt” Park, the former child actor star of the TV show “Kid Sheriff,” according to the film’s promotional website.
“I’m thrilled to see you drifting into the dusty claim I’ve staked in these parts here,” Jupe says on the website. “Jupiter’s Claim is the best California Gold Rush theme park in the Santa Clarita/Lancaster area.”
Magic Mountain is located in the Valencian neighborhood of Santa Clarita. The park’s Gold Rusher roller coaster dates back to Magic Mountain’s opening in 1971.
The gold rush town at the heart of Jupiter’s Claim features a general store, saloon, blacksmith shop, assay office, livery stable, train station, cemetery, and gold panning. The Calico Ghost Town at Knott’s in Buena Park offers a virtually identical range of 1880s Wild West shops and businesses.
Universal Studios Hollywood has added the original Jupiter’s Claim theme park set of “Nope” to the park’s studio tour. Universal’s Studio Tour permanent installation debuts Friday – the same day the new horror movie hits theaters.
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The Jupiter’s Claim theme park set created by production designer Ruth DeJong was disassembled on location during post-production and rebuilt on Universal’s backlot with its original props.
The Winkin’ Well just inside the front door of Jupiter’s Claim is set to play a key role in the alien horror movie “Nope.”
“Look in the well. Look to the sky above. Whatever you want, it won’t change anything. It can’t be undone. He can’t be invisible,” reads the Winkin’ Well entry on the Jupiter’s Claim promotional website. “If you fear the darkness that awaits you, look into the well and pray that you will be spared.”
Comments in the website guestbook also allude to the supernatural properties of Jupiter’s Claim.
“I looked deep into the Winkin’ Well this afternoon and saw something I could never forget,” according to the guestbook entry. “This is not a typical amusement park.”
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Trailers for “Nope” show Jupiter’s Claim owner Jupe, played by actor Steven Yeun, addressing a sparse crowd in a horseshoe-shaped theater at the secluded theme park.
“What if I told you that today you will leave here differently,” the character of Jupe says in the trailer for the film. “Here you are going to witness an absolute spectacle.”