This week on the Knott's Berry Blog, we'll be continuing our weekly series where we feature each one of our Knott's Anniversary Ambassadors. Our Knott's Anniversary Ambassadors are part of a yearly program where we work with prominent local bloggers who have a passion for all things Knott's!
This week we'll be featuring Venga, Vale, Vamos
Link to Outlet:
Tell Us About Your Outlet:
Venga, Vale, Vamos is a travel blog highlighting my adventures around the world. I share my favorite memories, advice, and must-dos from my years as an ex-pat and backpacker. Now that I’ve returned to Southern California, I love featuring the best things to see and do around the area.
Tell Us About Yourself:
I’m a travel blogger, digital marketing professional, and life-long Knott’s fan who was born and raised in L.A. but spent years living in Spain and Australia and backpacking around the globe. I’ve been visiting Knott’s for as long as I can remember, and that runs deep in my blood. My family shares fond memories of the park dating back decades before I was born, and we’ll continue making Knott’s memories for years to come.
Favorite Knott's Memory:
As a child, Ghost Town’s long-term inmate Sad-Eye Joe was, plain and simple, the most mind-boggling, wonder-inducing individual I’d ever met. Each time we visited the park, we’d stop by Joe’s jail cell, and immediately he would greet my cousins, my sister, and me—all by name. “How do you know our names?” I’d ask, my jaw halfway to the floor. I’d ask him other questions that only my family could possibly know the answers to, and somehow, he’d have the answer to them all. “Sad-Eye Joe, how can you know these things?” I’d plead. In reply, he’d ask, “Can you keep a secret?” When I’d tell him yes, he’d invariably retort, “So can I.”
After every visit, I’d spend the following days interrogating my parents and crafting theories about how on earth Sad-Eye Joe could possibly have all this knowledge. Was he somehow gathering data from my season pass? Did he have a really, really good memory and was recalling facts from my previous visits? Was it magic? My parents insisted they didn’t have an explanation either, so I spent my childhood believing magic must be real. Forget about Santa Claus; Sad-Eye Joe was the real marvel of my childhood.
Years later, I learned the secret, although I can keep a secret just as well as Joe can. But every time I’m at Knott’s, I have to stop by the jail and greet my old pal. I deeply appreciate my parents for maintaining the mystery, my grandpa for his steadfast commitment to “going for a snack” every time we visited Sad-Eye Joe, and Knott’s Berry Farm for instilling this sense of wonder in me I’ll never forget.
Top Three Must Do's for People Visiting the Park:
- Eat a boysenberry funnel cake! The “Berry” in Knott’s Berry Farm is for boysenberries, so you simply can’t spend a day there without tasting some of their boysenberry treats. And the best boysenberry treat of all, in my opinion, is their funnel cakes.
- Take your time in Ghost Town! There are so many corners to explore and hidden details to be uncovered, and the area is overflowing with charm.
- Get a photo with Snoopy and friends! Meeting the Peanuts characters face-to-face is fun and makes for a great memento, no matter your age.
Any Fun Tips for People Visiting the Park:
If thrill rides are your thing (I’m all about Knott’s roller coasters!), try to arrive as close to park opening as possible, and head straight to your favorites. Crowds usually increase later in the day, so riding the most popular rides in the morning will allow you to squeeze more into your day and maybe even ride each one multiple times.
Also, if there’s any chance you’ll be able to return to Knott’s within the year, definitely get a season pass! It’s a great value and allows you to enjoy each of Knott’s Seasons of Fun.
All Of Our Favorites
Season of Fun: Knott's Spooky Farm
Peanuts Character: Snoopy
Ride: Montezooma's Revenge
Show: Wild West Stunt Show
Food Item: Boysenberry Funnel Cake
Merchandise Item: Anything Snoopy!