KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
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Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2017 this week. Click here to see all the details.
Screamscape has posted our official review of Knott's Scary Farm 2016 this week. Click here to see all the details.
You can read Screamscape’s full review of the Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Halloween Haunt. Check it out here.
Park News - (9/13/20) Knott’s Berry Farm has a new follow-up to their popular Taste of Knott’s food event. Taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 25 through Nov. 1, 2020 the park will host “Knott’s Taste Of Fall-O-Ween”.
“While the theme park remains closed, Knott's Berry Farm introduces its newest family-friendly outdoor food and retail experience celebrating the Halloween season and the flavors of Fall with Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween. Taking place Fridays through Sundays beginning September 25th, Knott’s pays tribute to the year's spookiest season with a Fall food experience unlike any other. The spirit of Halloween comes to life with a cornucopia of Harvest and Halloween décor that will transform the park for the season. Guests of all ages can dress up in their most festive costumes* to experience one-of-a-kind themed food and treats, exclusive event merchandise including specialty items from local crafters, an all-new “Into the Fog” art show with over 45 new art pieces celebrating the scary season, and so much more. Plus included with a junior tasting card, young guests will have an opportunity to take a trip through the fully themed Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail presented by Hershey, loaded with multiple treat stations and special spooky decorations. All Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy. ”
Click here for the official details, oh and if you need an example of some of the fun special food items Knott’s will offer, then check out the mouth-drooling Great Pumpkin Bun down below!
(9/12/20) Long time Knott’s Berry Farm fans have a special place in their heart for the retired Wacky Soap Box Racers ride. Eddie Sotto has launched a new website dedicated it at
www.wackysoapboxracers.com which features a bunch of images and video clips of the famous lost ride and even mentions that there is an “upcoming book that will feature even more images and the story of how this wacky ride came to be.”
The images are great and throw you right back to when the ride was created and in prime condition. One thing I always found fascinating about the Wacky Soap Box Racers when it opened is that the coaster tracks actually featured a number of crash-doors that the train would slam through along the route. Over time these were eventually removed, but they really did add a bit of shock and awe to the coaster experience I had never seen used anywhere else outside of a dark ride. Add in the crash through the ‘fireworks’ at the end as the big race finale moment and I was hooked.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I rode this over and over on the day I visited when it first opened. First I had to ride all four of the tracks, then I had to ride them over again to see if there were variations on how the cars on each track would perform to determine which cars would win the race. As a 10 year old in 1980, I wasn't quite ready to take on the Corkscrew, so the Wacky Soap Box Racers was exactly what I needed at the time to turn me into a theme park fan for life.
(8/5/20) Sad news from Knott’s Berry Farm came out a few hours ago. Not that we didn't see this coming, but Knott’s has confirmed that Knott’s Scary Farm is now officially canceled for 2020.
(7/30/20) While Knott’s Berry Farm remains closed, the popular Taste of Calico special food event will spawn a sequel event called “Taste of Knott’s”. Just like Taste of Calico the new Taste of Knott’s event will be an outdoor food based event bringing popular flavors and dishes from around the park to guests, in addition to some brand new creations. In addition special merchandise will also be offered for sale in addition to the 35+ tasty food and beverages items. Offerings will include special Mexican and BBQ dishes and more.
Taste of Knott’s will run on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from August 21 to September 13. You much purchase your tasting card in advance to gain admission and based on the popularity of the Taste of Calico event, these will likely sell out quickly.
(7/26/20) I forgot to mention it when it first opened, but Knott’s Berry Farm is trying to make the best of the current situation and while it doesn’t appear that the full theme park itself will be allowed to reopen anytime soon in California, they have found a way to bring some of the taste of the park to fans.
A special food event kicked off at Knott’s on July 17 called “Taste of Calico” as a special limited event… so limited that the tickets actually sold out almost immediately. Think of this as a mini version of the park’s popular Boysenberry Festival event where they broke out all the unique Boysenberry food offerings from the past once again… filled churros, Boysenberry BBQ Wings, the berry flavored beer and wine and more. So for a Taste of Calico the park gates opened again to the famous Calico Ghost Town area where the limited number of guests could sample these various dishes, and to keep things quick and fairly touch free you can buy a special pre-paid punch cards with a set number of dishes already purchased, but you can always buy more on an individual basis.
The limited time event was so successful, it is now taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through to at least August 9. Tickets should be pre-purchased and currently about half of the advanced dates are already sold out, so if you want in I suggest you buy your ticket ASAP.
(6/14/20) A quick thanks to Victor Castaneda for sending in a few pictures grabbed while out for a walk next to Knott’s Berry Farm. The park had a large crane on site and was replacing the giant “K” on top of the Sky Cabin tower with a new LED version. They also caught a glimpse of some bumper cars and what looks like one of the new Knott’s Beary Tales ride vehicles in a maintenance building.
(5/10/20) According to this news article, Knott’s Berry Farm will postpone the planned 100th Anniversary Celebration event, and the Ghost Town Alive event planned for this year until Summer 2021. The new Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair dark ride however will be ready to open along with the park in 2020, whenever Knott’s is cleared to reopen.
(5/9/20) While the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park remains closed, they did announce that they reopened the Chicken Dinner Restaurant for pick-up only, as well as some of the Berry Market retail area on Thursday.
(4/5/20) Good news for Knott’s Berry Farm passholders, those who currently have 2020 Regular Gold and Platinum Season Passes (and any 2020 add-on products) will now have their passes valid through to December 31, 2021, adding a whole extra year of fun onto your pass.
For those using the Easy Pay Program, automatic billing is now suspended and will stay suspended while the park is closed. Once the park reopens, automatic billing will resume.
(3/22/20) On Friday afternoon all Cedar Fair owned theme parks announced on their social media streams the same basic message, stating that the plan for them was now to hopefully “reopen all properties mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible.” For some parks this will be a reopening, for others their seasons will be delayed by several weeks, but for a few this is just a delay of a week or two. Check your local park’s website as the date get closer to see each park’s actual opening date once things have begun to settle down.
(3/18/20) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced that they will be closing the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel and California Marketplace area starting March 18 through to the end of the month.
(3/13/20) This just in... Knott’s Berry Farm has announced that starting March 14th the park will close temporarily out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic through to the end of March. The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will remain open.
(3/7/20) A quick update from a reader visiting Knott’s Berry Farm this week. They reported that while visiting the park on Friday, Jaguar has reopened from it’s rehab early and the maintenance crew seemed to have moved on to GhostRider, shutting it down and looking like they were starting work on the track next to the station. No far no updates on have been posted to the Scheduled Ride Closures list on the website.
(3/5/20) According to one source fans of Knott’s Berry Farm’s GhostRider wooden coaster should keep an eye out for an upcoming maintenance closure to take place sometime before summer. While I’m sure a number of items may be addressed while closed, I’m told that one of the primary goals here will be to install new loading gates in the station that will properly line up with the coaster’s GCI Millennium Flyer trains. The current gates have been in place since GhostRider first opened, and back in those days it was using standard PTC two-bench train cars. The individual cars used in the current GCI trains added in 2016 just don’t line up properly with the gates, so it’s nice to see this being addressed.
2020 - Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair - (8/25/20) One of our readers was able to grab a photo of the new ride sign installed outside of the new Bear-Y-Tales attraction building while enjoying the new Taste of Knott’s event. Check it out below.
(11/9/19) I love it when I have a hunch and it turns out to be right on the money. Knott’s Berry Farm confirmed my hunch this week with the announcement that Voyage to the Iron Reef will soon be no more and will be transformed into the new “Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair” 4-D interactive dark ride for 2020.
The new dark ride experience will take guests on a trip through “reimagined show scenes that are reminiscent of the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods, culminating in a celebration at the County Fair. The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and will follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.”
This is perhaps the best news to celebrate the park’s 100th Anniversary, opening in Summer 2020. Long time fans who fondly remember the original Knott’s Bear-y Tales dark ride have understandably been upset that it was ever removed in the first place back when the park chose to close it back in 1986 to reopen the following year as Kingdom of the Dinosaurs. The Dinos didn’t last and shut down in 2004 and the building sat empty until Voyage of the Iron Reef opened in 2015.
(10/24/19) According to a post at the OC Register, Knott’s Berry Farm and Triotech will make a surprise announcement at IAAPA on November 19 regarding a new attraction coming to the park in 2020. For those not in the know, Triotech is the company responsible for the park’s Voyage to the Iron Reef interactive dark ride. So what could this announcement be?
While I’ve heard no rumors yet, I want to hazard a guess of my own as a fan of Knott’s Berry Farm. Since 2020 is the park’s 100th Anniversary, and the fact that Voyage to the Iron Reef sits in the location of the park’s beloved but retired Knott’s Bear-y Tales dark ride, wouldn’t it be neat to somehow bring the world of the Knott’s Bear-y Tales dark ride back to life via a new interactive dark ride adventure? Perhaps even one that replaces the Voyage to the Iron Reef, but is able to purpose much of the existing technology.
Just a thought…
2021 - New Attraction - (3/3/19) Screamscape sources tell us that some future plans to develop Knott’s Berry Farm into the future are being settled that may see the park expand a little bit more, taking over some of the backstage land. The site of the later may involve an expansion of Ghost Town into the nearby backstage area that could be ready sometime between late 2020 and 2021. The early rumors suggest the new section would incorporate a new coaster of some kind as well as a new flat ride or two. The coaster side of things is said to still be very much in development with no one design (or designer) in the lead yet for the project, though we did hear an interesting concept for one of the flat rides could be to bring one of those Gerstlauer Sky Roller kind of attractions to the park, possibly even with some kind of loose “homage” to the park’s former XK-1 as part of the themeing.
Again, this is all just talk at this point, so nothing is confirmed. That said… it may be worth keeping an eye open when traveling through Ghost Town over the year for any sign of construction surveying markers, stakes or paint.
(6/6/18) While it is too early to tell what is going on at this point, I've been told that Knott's Berry Farm's next BIG project will come to life in 2020. From the sound of things, this could possibly be the park's next big coaster and if so, I'm hearing that it could go somewhere south of GhostTown, near GhostRider.