KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Mystery Lodge - NOW CLOSED Until Further Notice
See the official review of 2019’s new Calico River Rapids - Click here
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 - (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.
(2/8/20) Screamscape was invited to take a look at this year’s Knott’s Peanuts Celebration and we sent our local man on the spot, Rob, out to take a look!
Though Knott's Berry Farm dedicates an area of the park solely to Charlie Brown and the gang, once a year, they ramp things up in a major way with Peanuts Celebration, adding a slew of additional overlays, character appearances, and shows. There are, in fact, so many additional activities, that it just might be impossible to see them all in a single day.
Camp Snoopy hosts many of the activities, but they are equally spread throughout much of the park. Photo opportunities permit guests to step into Snoopy's world with Instagram-friendly three dimensional sets. Guests can get kissed by Snoopy, pose in Woodstock's nest, or participate in a number of additional set pieces. The Sky Cabin gets an overlay, transformed into Woodstock's Bird's-Eye View, with new narration from the Peanuts cast. The Calico Stage plays host to both the Happiness Is show during the day and Woodstock's Music Festival after nightfall. The latter show has the Peanuts gang co opting a number of popular music styles, adding their particular slant. Family members of all ages will find something to enjoy in this show, as it throws tunes and jokes that appeal to all music fans.
The Space Beagle show, in the Camp Snoopy Theater, tracks the beagle's literal ascent to astronaut status through a series of musical numbers and dance routines in which little ones can partake. It's a very good-natured show that isn't afraid to get majorly meta and silly. The narrow gauge Grand Sierra Railroad, which always has some of Charlie Brown and his friends scattered along the path, adds many additional delightful scenes that come together to form a fun narrative. Pigpen's Pig Pen gives visitors the opportunity to check in with the furry four-legged denizens of Ghost Town as well as get a photo opportunity with the the famed disheveled Peanut.
All the above shows and activities certainly give visitors and enticing reason to visit during the off-season.
The Knott’s Peanuts Celebration takes place weekends, January 25th - March 1st, as well as February 10th, 14th, and 17th, 2020.
(1/11/20) Knott’s Berry Farm will host the Knott’s Peanuts Celebration event at the park on weekends from Jan. 25 through to Mar. 1, 2020. The event will feature new photo ops, a new stage show, PEANUTS inspired food items and much more.
(12/31/19) For anyone who is planning on attending or watching the 131st Rose Parade taking place on January 1st, look for Knott’s Berry Farm to participate in this year’s event. Since it was 100 years ago that Walter and Cordelia Knott started the farm and sold berries, preserves and pies from a roadside stand, the park’s very first ride, the Butterfield Stagecoach, will run the parade route followed behind by Snoopy and other Peanuts characters.
(12/29/19) Knott’s Berry Farm will be hosting a one-night only New Years Eve celebration with fireworks on December 31st with an assortment of special live entertainment options. This includes musical performances by the Martini Pop Swing Band, Hiatus and DJ Howly along with PianoMania Dueling Pianos at the Boardwalk BBQ, comedian Chipper Lowell, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies and more.
(10/24/19) Knott's Berry Farm To Make Surprise 2020 Attraction Announcement (CLICK HERE)
(9/4/19) Knott's Scary Farm 2019 - All The Details
Knott's Berry Farm Is Turning 100 In 2020 (MORE...)
(7/14/19) A few readers have tried to do some digging on the fate of Mystery Lodge at Knott’s and reported back. From what they’ve been told something did break at the attraction, and as this really is a custom built, one-of-a-kind, attraction the are having some trouble finding someone able to custom manufacture the needed parts.
Since this was not part of a planned maintenance closure, and that they have no idea how long it will take to obtain the needed parts to repair it, this is why there is no estimated timeline as to when it might reopen on the website. That said, they do plan to reopen it once the repairs can be completed, so for now the attraction is closed and locked up.
(7/7/19) I really had not discussed this much, but a long pending rumor has come to light as Knott’s Berry Farm quietly closed the park’s unique Mystery Lodge attraction last month. They haven’t come out to officially say it is being retired, but simply just list it as being “Closed for Refurbishment” on their website. The difference is that the other attractions listed here that are closed for refurbishment always have dates posted as well for the estimated downtime, while Mystery Lodge has no timeline at all.
Any of our insiders have any better insight as to what is going on here?
2020 - A Knott’s Family Reunion & Surprise New Attraction - (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…
(8/16/19) Knott’s Berry Farm released a 2020 announcement saying that the park will celeberate their 100th Anniversary with a summer-long event to pay tribute to the Knott’s family history. They’re calling it “A Knott’s Family Reunion”.
Unfortunately in a park like Knott’s that is known for hosting various fantastic special events all year long, ranging from the Boysenberry Festival, Ghost Town Live, Scary Farma and even Merry Farm, I fear that something as grand and special as a 100th Anniversary event may get lost in the shuffle a bit without the addition of a landmark new attraction to help put the milestone on the park map permanently by changing the very landscape or skyline of the park.
If we can’t have a giant pink birthday cake on top of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, maybe put a giant Boysenberry on top instead? Nevermind, I’m kidding… but looking back, to celebrate the arrival of the new Millennium, Cedar Point added Millennium Force. I’m just thinking that isn't it about time that Knott’s joined the club? (Especially so in light of Orion going to Kings Island)
2020/2021 - 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.