KNOTT’S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, California
Cedar Fair Entertainment
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Nothing is known at this point in time
Screamscape has posted our review of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween - Click Here
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Park News - (5/31/21) Knott’s Berry Farm is open once again, and we sent Rob to attend the reopening celebration and send back a report on what’s new and how the park is looking as it finally reopens to celebrate the park’s 100th Anniversary.
Knott's Berry Farm has a lot to celebrate lately.
One hundred years of operation would seem enough to justify a major commemorative celebration, but the park's full emergence after a year-long pandemic, in addition to the debut of a new attraction, warrants even more cause to celebrate. To top it off, the iconic "K" at the top of the Sky Cabin tower has been replaced by a new LED-based fixture and a family of mascots has been resurrected from decades ago.
Knott's has been open only for passholders the past few weeks, but on the eve of their public reopening, they held a party to emphasize all the new and returning additions to the park. Jon Storbeck, VP and GM of Knott's Berry Farm welcomed a select group to preview the new offerings.
Knott's Family Reunion, running through September 6th, is the park's way of commemorating the storied history of the "farm", in addition to the popular Knott's Summer Nights series.
A variety of photo opportunities paying tribute to rides and attractions of the past have been positioned throughout the park, lending even more of a historical context to guests' visits. Elaborate three dimensional vignettes commemorate long gone favorites such as the Sky Jump, Wacky Soap Box Racers, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, and even the Haunted Shack. That last tribute is the most interactive, inviting guests to participate by entering a newly constructed shack and demonstrating one of the best optical illusions from the former walk through attraction. Perhaps this will spur demand to construct a new such show in future years.
The former Charles M. Schultz Theatre has been renamed the Walter Knott Theatre as well. Indoor shows aren't scheduled at this time, but will most likely open up as restrictions are lifted over the summer.
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang have resided in Camp Snoopy for decades, but Knott's hasn't introduced their own mascots in some time. A new era begins this year with the return of some resurrected mascots originally seen in Knott's Bear-y Tales attraction and Ghost Town. Boysen Bear-y and Crafty Coyote will be available for meet and greets in the Charleston Circle area of the park. In addition, Whittles the prospector, first introduced in 1973, will be roaming the streets of Ghost Town. As the lore goes, the original 1973 Whittles character tended to frighten more than enchant young ones, and he quietly rode off into the sunset. Here's hoping Whittles has a more lengthy stay in his "new" home.
Since 1976, the skyline at Knott's has been dominated by the 200 foot tall Intimin-built Sky Tower, playing host to both the thrilling Sky Jump and the more sedate Sky Cabin. Atop the tower, a huge neon illuminated yellow "K" sat proudly for all to see for miles around. This year, that neon sign gives way to a more modern LED variant, capable of hundreds of color combinations and animations. This new beacon was debuted in grand fashion with fireworks launched from the Sky Cabin as it ascended to the top. An array of articulated spotlights now ring the base of the tower, adding an element of glitz not seen in these parts. This installation, visible for miles in each direction, is the metaphorical gem of the park.
If all that wasn't enough, Southern California institution Bob Baker Marionette Theater is presenting “Alegre!”, a Mexican-themed marionette show, taking place in the Fiesta Plaza section of the park. Considering the theater's history with children's programming and entertainment, including some work for Disney, it's a wonder this didn't happen sooner. The Bob Baker Theatre is one of the last and most unique bastions of postwar children's entertainment, with a long history of television and in-person shows staged for thousands of audiences over the years. The theater's namesake passed away in 2014, but one can only trust that his spirit lives on with the good folks keeping his dream alive.
Lastly, after a one year delay due to the pandemic, Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair is finally open as well. Inspired by the original Rolly Crump-designed Knott's Bear-y Tales dark ride (1975-1986), Return to the Fair utilizes a similar projection and target shooting system developed by Triotech for the previous attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef (2015-2020). Instead of shooting freeze rays, riders use jelly blasters to grab pies stolen by Crafty Coyote and his army of pups. The blasters themselves are similar to those on Disney's Toy Story Midway Mania, with a pull rope that fires them off. Players will immediately recognize the advances made by Triotech in regards to most every aspect of gameplay, compared to Iron Reef. The animation is much more fluid, and the 3-D effects feel more natural as well. The projection resolution does not appear to be nearly as high as Midway Mania, though it does not adversely affect the experience. Those riders not quite smitten with gaming will nonetheless be able to enjoy the experience. There are many things going on in the various scenes encountered throughout, with enough wry humor to warrant repeat visits. Knott's should be very proud of their latest creation, one that pays tribute to and demonstrates the progress of dark rides for contemporary visitors.
Longtime fans of Knott's Berry Farm as well as newcomers will have no shortage of new experiences to celebrate the park's 100th anniversary. It's a great time to be back.
(5/7/21) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced that they will reopen their Soak City waterpark starting on May 29. The waterpark will open with limited capacity and reservations will be required.
(4/14/21) Knott’s Berry Farm has confirmed that the park will reopen as a theme park (with ride) to California Residents starting May 21, 2021.
(4/2/21) While Knott’s Berry Farm is the only major CA theme park to have not yet announced a reopening date, the park has confirmed that their plan to continue running the current Taste of Boysenberry Festival food tasting event through to May 2nd and that the park itself will be able to reopen to guests with rides once again sometime in May.
(3/21/21) Knott’s Berry Farm has not announced a date to fully reopen the theme park at this time, though most other parks in the state have already done so. Knott’s will however continue to host the current Taste of Boysenberry Festival food event special ticket event through to the planned conclusion on May 2nd. If Knott’s follows along with the same timeline plans by other Cedar Fair owned theme parks, it would seem a good bet that the park could be ready to reopen to guests starting on May 22, which is the same date that sister park, California’s Great America, will reopen to guests.
Keep an eye out for an official announcement as the date gets closer.
(2/9/21) Knott’s Berry Farm has announced that the Taste of Boysenberry Festival will start on March 5, 2021. Yes, the Boysenberry… the little berry that put the park on the map. “Guests can catch a taste of the popular springtime Boysenberry Festival, as it offers all-new boysenberry-inspired savory foods, sweet treats and refreshing drinks that can’t be found anywhere else. While the theme park remains closed, the food and merchandise-focused outdoor event offers over 80 boysenberry-infused food and drink items which are included on the event tasting card. Guests can choose from a lineup of tantalizing delicacies such as beer cheese soup with a boysenberry drizzle and brown butter croutons, beef tips served with creamy boysenberry mashed potatoes, and boysenberry BBQ carne asada pizza garnished with cilantro and onions, plus options for all dietary preferences. Thirst-quenching drinks include boysenberry lemonade with basil, boysenberry ICEE float with vanilla soft serve, boysenberry mint and pineapple aqua fresca and so much more. Guests can also shop from a wide variety of boysenberry-inspired merchandise including event apparel, kitchenware and pre-packaged take-home sweets. In addition, they will find handmade and personalized gifts from over 20 artisan local crafters offering unique boysenberry items.”
Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival will take place on select dates between March 5 and May 2, 2021. Just follow the link to the official website to see the dates and purchase your tickets, tasting cards at this reservation only special event. If you’ve been interesting in any of the previous Knott’s food events, you’ll want to buy your ticket to this one fast because they have a tendency to sell out very quickly.
(1/16/21) As a reaction to the news that Disneyland has ended their Annual Pass program, Knott’s Berry Farm quickly announced on Friday that not only are all of their 2020 season passes extended to include all of 2021, but for every day in 2021 that the park remains closed, they will extend these same passes again into 2022.
(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.
2021 - Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair & 100th Anniversary Celebration - (4/28/21) You can catch a full POV preview ride on the all new Knott’s Bear-Y Tales dark ride in the video below.
(4/23/21) Knott’s Berry Farm has released a new sneak preview video of their new dark ride, Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair. According to the video, the ride’s grand opening will take place on May 21, 2021.
(9/28/20) More decor has been added to the entrance area of the new Knott’s Bear-Y Tales dark ride. Now if only Knott’s were allowed to reopen as a theme park, we could all ride it.
(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…
???? - 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.