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8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90620
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05/03/17 - PREPARE FOR A SUMMER FULL OF NEW THRILLS AND BIGGER SPILLS AT KNOTT'S SOAK CITY WATERPARK OPENING MAY 20, 2017!
BUENA PARK, Calif, (May 2017) The weather is warming up in sunny Southern California just in time for the opening of the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark on May 20. Orange County’s largest outdoor water park is opening its gates to guests for an unforgettable summer season running through September 10. During Knott’s Soak City’s opening weekend the newly expanded water park will be debuting seven new slides on two new slide towers, Shore Break and The Wedge, a fully remodeled Longboard’s Grill, additional seating areas and new spacious cabanas.
- Shore Break will take single riders on an adrenaline-filled water adventure as thrill-seekers board one of four Aqua Launch chambers to await the chamber’s floor dropping from beneath their feet sending them on a high speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide and through a series of exhilarating drops and daring loops. Additionally, Shore Break offers two dueling tube slides which will have riders zipping through adventurous drops and turns as they soak up the warm summer sun.
- The Wedge will take families - up to six riders - on an open-raft ride as they descend down navigating hair-raising twists, turns and unexpected dips.
- Longboard’s Grill will return for the 2017 summer season after a complete remodeling and expansion which now offers a newly redesigned sleek restaurant layout. While Longboard’s theme remains the same, the menu includes new and delicious items such as hand breaded chicken tenders, fish & chips and assorted wraps. Plus classic favorites like grilled burgers and hot dogs. A new shaded outdoor seating area has been added by the restaurant’s entrance, welcoming diners to fuel up with delicious meals as they take a break from the sun.
- As part of the water park’s expansion, additional spacious cabanas and seating areas have been added to the park’s blueprint. Guests can relax and unwind in the new row of cabanas which will be conveniently located across the new Shore Break tower. A new seating area equipped with lounge chairs will allow guests to relax in the sun and is also located near the Shore Break complex.
In honor of summer and the new expansion debuting at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, guests are invited to celebrate the revamp with a park-wide Soak City Beach Bash during opening weekend, May 20 – May 21. The weekend-long celebration will bring the perfect summer care-free ambiance along with an upbeat summer soundtrack to the splashing pools of the beloved water park.
Guests can experience Knott’s Soak City Waterpark’s opening weekend celebration and much more with a 2017 Gold Season Pass. A Gold Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark. Gold Season Passes can be purchased online starting at $117.00 or 6 easy payments of $19.50. Applicable taxes and fees apply. The Season Pass payment plan is only available online at knotts.com
For more information about Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation about the new thrilling additions at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Soak City Beach Bash by using #KnottsSoakCity #KnottsSoakCityBeachBash.
04/21/17 - SOL SPIN SET TO BRING TOPSY-TURVY THRILLS TO FIESTA VILLAGE STARTING APRIL 21ST AT KNOTT'S BERRY FARM
Buena Park, Calif. (April 2017) – Spring time is in full bloom at the farm and the newest thrilling installment has arrived at Knott’s Berry Farm just in time to enjoy during the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area starting April 21st.
Sol Spin will send brave guests on a ride of lifetime by taking them on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over six stories high as they rotate in all directions in one of the ride’s six spinning floorless gondolas. This one-of-kind ride will leave thrill seekers astonished by its smooth and gravity-defying movements, circling above the park and into the Orange County skyline, for an upside down adventure like no other. Sol Spin is manufactured by Mondial and is a Venturi model. Height requirement for Sol Spin is 54 inches. Sol spin is the newest thrill ride added to the park since Coast Rider’s arrival in the Boardwalk area in 2013.
Sol Spin is just one more exciting experience guests can enjoy during the final weekend of the delectable Boysenberry Festival, with over 75 boysenberry-inspired items for guests to delight in.
Guests can experience Sol Spin, the Boysenberry Festival and much more with a 2017 season pass. A Knott’s Regular Season Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to both Knott’s Berry Farm and an expanded and renovated Soak City Water Park debuting two new exhilarating water slide towers. Season Passes can be purchased online starting at $91.00 or 6 easy payments of $15.16. Applicable taxes and fees apply. The Season Pass payment plan is only available online at knotts.com
For more information about Sol Spin and Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the conversation about the newest thrill ride using the #SolSpin.
03/17/17 - BOOMERANG'S GRAND EXIT! THE SUN SETS ON BOOMERANG FOR THE LAST TIME ON APRIL 23
BUENA PARK, Calif, (March 17, 2017) – Knott’s Berry Farm says goodbye to the park’s veteran rollercoaster, Boomerang on April 23rd. Riders will have one last chance to ride the reverse shuttle rollercoaster starting now and throughout the duration of Knott’s annual springtime Boysenberry Festival which kicks off April 1-23.
The 27 year-old rollercoaster has been a staple in the recently renovated Boardwalk area, replacing the historic “Roaring 20’s Corkscrew” in 1990. Since its opening, Boomerang has taken thrill-seekers on an enthralling two minute ride forward and backwards on its 875-foot track.
Guests will have the opportunity to take a last ride on Boomerang during the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, a celebration of Knott’s Berry Farm’s historic roots anchored by the flavorful boysenberry. Newly expanded this year to 23 days, Knott’s will be showcasing a unique selection of over 75 boysenberry-inspired items from tasty food creations and rare wines to one-of-a kind merchandise that commemorates Knott’s renowned history.
For over 75 years, Knott’s has created memories for families and park goers of all ages; the park has been home to multiple thrilling rollercoasters and family attractions. The park’s team will continue to assist in strategically advancing the park’s development as it continues to grow throughout the years along with our guests.
A 2017 Season Pass is a great way to enjoy memorable events and a year of family fun. Season Passes can be purchased online starting at $91.00 or 6 easy payments of $15.16. To purchase Season Passes or tickets, or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today.
03/08/17 - KNOTT'S BERRY FARM AND VR STUDIOS UNVEIL DETAILS OF "VR SHOWDOWN IN GHOST TOWN" - THE FIRST PERMANENT FREE-ROAMING, VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE AT A U.S. THEME PARK
Buena Park, CA – March 8, 2017 – Knott’s Berry Farm, its parent company Cedar Fair Entertainment and VRstudios announced today the details of the first permanent installation of a free-roaming, multi-player VR experience in a U.S. theme park, which will be located inside the Knott’s Berry Farm Boardwalk Arcade. A new custom and industry first virtual reality (VR) experience, “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” will make its debut in April, and is exclusively available at Knott’s Berry Farm.
The immersive and interactive VR attraction will invite guests to embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town.
The one-of-a-kind immersive experience perfectly combines virtual reality and a competitive gaming realm that will captivate guests. Armed with state-of-the-art wireless virtual reality headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score and bragging rights, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. At the end of the VR competition, guests will be able to view and compare scores with their fellow opponents.
“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain our guests,” said Christian Dieckmann, Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth. “By using a free-roaming system, we can take full advantage of the capabilities of VR and let our guests be the stars of the show. A majority of people have not yet experienced VR, and we anticipate there will be a lot of interest from guests to have their first taste at our park.”
“VR Showdown in Ghost Town” is one of the many exciting new experiences coming to Knott’s in 2017 and will be available to guests at an introductory price of $6.00, in addition to park admission.
For further updates and park information please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smartphone. Join the conversation about the new virtual reality experience using the hashtag #VRShowdownInGhostTown on the Knott’s Facebook or Twitter page.
02/23/17 - KNOTT'S BOYSENBERRY FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH OVER THREE WEEKS OF APPETIZING FOOD, GOOD OL' FASHION FUN AND NEW LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM APRIL 1 - APRIL 23
Buena Park, CA (Feb 2017) – This spring, join Knott’s as it celebrates the flavorful berry that started it all, the boysenberry, during the much anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering festival is expanding to three weeks, April 1–April 23, with delectable food and drinks, and festive live entertainment. The 23-day food festival features over 70 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, featuring boysenberry and wine, and family fun that everyone will love! For festival goers with a hankerin’ for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park, a nighttime dance party, and brand new shows like, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree at the Calico Mine Stage. Calico Park in Ghost Town is home to a good ol’ fashion hootenanny featuring pie eating contests, line dancing and country fair festivities with the local Ghost Town townsfolk. The limited-time festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.
The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land which included harvesting, and selling the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator, Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.
For 2017, the mouthwatering line-up of boysenberry inspired dishes will feature irresistible boysenberry pizza made with arugula and goat cheese, the unforgettable and delicious new ravioli dish packed with boysenberry flavors, freshly-baked boysenberry fry bread and lip-smacking corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo, each dish will leave guests wanting for more. Other must try items include crispy deep fried alligator bites paired with farm-made zesty boysenberry aioli, finger-lickin boysenberry BBQ wings, savory boysenberry meatballs, sweet boysenberry cream soda, creamy chocolate covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick and many more delicious treats. Additional fee for tastings. Guests who want to take home the exquisite Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Dressing and Boysenberry Chipotle Sauce can do so by stopping by the Berry Market located in the California MarketPlace and General Store located in Ghost Town. Select items are available on the online Berry Market store.
Guests can purchase boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair. This year’s boysenberry products include boysenberry soap, lip balm and the devilishly good rock candy. Festivalgoers can also watch special demonstrations including a chainsaw wood sculpting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. From day to night, Ghost Town has never looked so lively.
This year, in honor of the famous berry, Ghost Town’s Town Hall will feature a fascinating film which shares the story of how Walter and Cordelia Knott settled here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing boysenberry. Guests can pull up a seat and catch a 10-minute showing of the historic film offered exclusively during the festival.
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment. Join Snoopy, Charlie and the entire Peanuts gang as they present an all new interactive, musical revue called Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! at the Calico Mine Stage. This new show will have families singing, dancing, and playing along with the beloved Peanuts characters and talented performers during the whimsical, high energy celebration of springtime. Country music and the aroma of deliciously good food will fill the air as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun, musical performance at the Firemen’s BBQ stage. Just across the Fireman’s stage, the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre pays tribute to Knott’s past; for the first time in over 20 years, the theatre will be the home of musical comedy melodrama, with a special presentation of the Old Time Melodrama. America’s longest running Melodrama returns with an original, interactive, comedy with a surprising boysenberry twist! In the evening, a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At the Wagon Camp stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more!
The fun continues with new additions exclusively for the Boysenberry Festival. Brand new this season, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo pays tribute to one of Knott’s original attractions. Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends.
Springtime fun has also taken root in Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. During the limited-time event, the whole family can meet the Easter Beagle at his Camp Snoopy home, blooming with colorful springtime décor. The meet and greet location is the perfect place for shareable moments with the boisterous beagle and his friends – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, and Linus. Camp Snoopy Theatre will showcase the PEANUTS pals singing, dancing, and sharing stories for all to enjoy. Everyone in the family can join in the Camp Snoopy activities. The theater will be filled with the sweet sound of little ones as they singing-along to the cheerful tunes! Guests don’t have to be experts at dancing to enjoy a nighttime Fiesta with DJ Cruz in Fiesta Village. The night comes alive with music and dance as everyone will be sure to take to the floor and dance to the rhythmic beat of popular music.
The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event, which also offers a full day of thrilling coasters and family fun rides. Knott’s will have extended hours, 10am to 10pm, from April 1 – April 23, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.
Join the conversation and share your day of boysenberry fun by using #BoysenberryFestival on Twitter and Instagram. For information about the day you plan to visit and available discounts, visit www.knotts.com, or download the newly updated Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone.
02/14/17 - KNOTT'S SUPREME SCREAM GLOWS PINK STARTING VALENTINE'S DAY THROUGH MARCH 5TH IN SUPPORT OF KNOTT'S FOR THE CURE
Buena Park, CA (February 2017) - This Valentine’s Day through March 5th, Supreme Scream, towering over 312 feet in the air, will be lit pink and glow for miles in honor of the Knott’s for the Cure program. During the evening, starting – Tuesday, February 14th, Supreme Scream along with the famous Calico Mine Ride, will glow pink in support of the Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County partnership and will continue to shine across the Buena Park skyline each night for the duration of the promotion.
Additionally in support of the Knott’s for the Cure program, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County will provide complimentary life-saving breast exams and mammograms to underserved and underinsured women and men via the Knott’s sponsored Alinea mobile mammography van, which returns this year to continue providing health screenings for women in the community. The mammography van will be stationed at the Knott’s Berry Farm South Lot from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Below are the details for those who qualify for the free screenings:
To qualify for FREE Breast Health Screening Services you must: (Family and Friends of associates)
- be 40 years old, or older
- have low income
- have no or limited insurance
- not receive these services through Medi-Cal or another government-sponsored program
- live in California
- have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months
If interested they would have call the YWCA of North Orange County at 714-871-4488 to make appointments
Now through March 5, guests can support the Knott’s for the Cure campaign by purchasing 2017 Knott’s Season Passes or Day Use “Pink Tickets” at www.knotts.com. A portion of the proceeds from Season Passes and “Pink Tickets” purchased online will benefit Komen Orange County. Additionally there are special edition “Pink” t-shirts available for purchase online and at the park with a portion of the proceeds going to support the campaign. To purchase Season Passes, tickets, t-shirts, or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today. Follow and join the conversation by using #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer and #KnottsPink.
01/05/17 - KNOTT'S BERRY FARM KICKS OFF 4TH YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WITH SUSAN G. KOMEN ORANGE COUNTY
Buena Park, CA (Jan. 2017) – Knott’s Berry Farm and Susan G. Komen Orange County are partnering for a fourth consecutive year to raise money for breast cancer awareness, services and research by offering a special “Pink Ticket” and limited edition “pink” event t-shirts from January 9 through March 5, 2017.
The park will turn pink in support of the promotion with specially-themed décor, pink lighting at special attractions and themed merchandise exclusively available at the park.
New this year, Knott’s Berry Farm is hosting a special experience to honor and celebrate survivors and their families who have been affected by breast cancer, with a special event called #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer in January. Knott’s will invite a group of survivors and their family members to ride Knott’s tallest thrill ride, Supreme Scream, for a one-of-a-kind moment-in-time that will launch guests over 252 feet in the air. While suspended at the highest point, survivors and their families will scream against all of the challenges and pain but most importantly to celebrate their victories and the great triumph of overcoming breast cancer. The memorable moment will be documented through GoPro© cameras mounted to the ride, capturing the powerful and dotting moment of emotion from those who have been directly affected by the disease. Supreme Scream will be lit pink starting Valentine’s Day in support of the partnership and will continue to shine across the Buena Park skyline each night for the duration of the promotion.
The promotion will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy Knott’s world-class entertainment, attractions and special themed “pink” décor, while supporting a great cause. Special rides like Supreme Scream, Calico Mine Ride and other landmarks inside of the theme park will glow pink in honor of the promotion, and limited edition, custom designed “pink” t-shirts will be available for purchase.
“Knott’s Berry Farm has successfully raised over $360,000 during the previous promotions in partnership with Susan G. Komen Orange County. I am immensely proud of what both organizations have achieved as a team. Our park is committed to doing its part in raising funds and awareness to end the fight against breast cancer,” said Jon Storbeck, General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm. “Every contribution makes an impact and with each donation we get one step closer to our goal. We are looking forward to coming together with Komen Orange County once again to advance women’s health and launch such a great campaign in support of all those who have been personally affected by breast cancer.”
The partnership, which originally began in 2013, will once again align two prominent organizations in raising awareness and vital funds for local breast health and breast cancer services for women and men. In previous years, the theme park also provided complimentary life-saving breast exams and mammograms to underserved and underinsured women via the Knott’s sponsored Alinea mobile mammography van, which will return this year to continue providing health screenings for women in the community.
Starting January 9, guests can purchase “Pink Tickets” for theme park admission at www.knotts.com. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and t-shirt sales will benefit Komen Orange County. Follow and join the conversation by using #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer and #KnottsPink.
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Fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm! With dozens of rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, there is something for everyone at Knott’s. Splash down the Timber Mountain Log Ride, featuring new scenes, thrills, and special effects. The new Boardwalk area offers three rides for the whole family and Xcelerator, which launches riders 82 miles per hour in less than three seconds! Stroll the streets of the Old West Ghost Town® where you’ll meet its many residents – but look out for bandits! Camp Snoopy, home of the PEANUTS gang, will round out your day with pint-sized adventures in a high sierra setting.
With dozens of rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm. Splash down the Timber Mountain Log Ride, and stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town® or hang with the PEANUTS gang in Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun!
Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park is home to world-class rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas including Old West Ghost Town® and the beloved Camp Snoopy.
Knott's Soak City
Knott’s Soak City is a separately gated, 13-acre water adventure park immediately adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park. Whimsically themed to Southern California beach towns of the 1950s, Soak City boasts 17 speed, tube and body slides including Pacific Spin featuring a six-story funnel; the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile Sunset River; and the three-story Toyota Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. Designed for maximum family appeal, Gremmie Lagoon is a hands-on water playground for our pint-sized surfers. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and weekends in September.
Knott’s Soak City is a 13-acre water park adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park. Highlights include 17 tube slides, wave pool and lazy river. One of guests’ favorites is Pacific Spin, which drops riders into a 75-foot, six-story funnel! Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and weekends in September.
The 1950s California beach-themed water park, immediately adjacent to Knott’s Theme Park, boasts 21 water adventures including 17 tube and body slides, 750,000-gallon wave pool, lazy river and children’s area.
Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel combines luxurious accommodations for both business and leisure. This 320-room room full service hotel features a SNOOPY-themed wing, fitness center, resort pool with children’s activity area, lighted sports courts and many other amenities. Dining options including Amber Waves, specializing in All-American fare and hotel room service. A variety of affordable family vacation packages, including admission to Knott’s Theme Park, are available year-round. For meetings and events, there is 20,000 square ft. of space, including an 8,400-sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom, corporate conference room and elegant penthouse. All located just steps from world-famous Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park and Knott’s Soak City Water Park.
This 320-room room full service hotel features a resort pool, spa, fitness center, lighted tennis courts, a wing of SNOOPY-themed guestrooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the Amber Waves American Restaurant. All just steps from Knott's Berry Farm theme park and Soak City Water Park.
Located adjacent to world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm, this 320-room full service hotel features resort caliber amenities, 16 SNOOPY-themed rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Discover the rich history of Knott's Berry Farm.
The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the then-sleepy community of Buena Park, Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land. Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott's Berry Farm, America's first theme park and the 12th most-visited amusement park in the country. And, while the Knott Family no longer owns the venerable attraction, the Knott spirit of hard work and down-home hospitality lives on in new owner Cedar Fair, L.P., who acquired Knott's Berry Farm in December 1997.
The Knotts' first winter on the Farm was unseasonably cold and much of their first crop was ruined by frost. But relying on his ability to make the most of what he had, Walter initiated his practice of selling directly to grocers, thus eliminating costly middlemen, and was able to realize a small profit. Walter's keen eye for sound enterprise and his dogged determination to succeed were attributes which became evident early in his boyhood years and remained solid through his life and career. His father died when he was six and by the time he was nine, Walter was raising vegetables on vacant lots, selling the produce in the morning before school and delivering newspapers in the evenings to help supplement the family income. In 1927, Knott bought ten acres of land. The Depression hit a year later and land prices dropped. While maintaining the original payments, Walter bought an additional ten acres at the lower price and spent the last of the family's savings to build an adobe structure that became the Farm's first permanent building. Ready for occupancy in 1928, the building was 80 feet long and housed a tea-room, berry market and nursery where berry plants were sold.
By now, the Knotts had four children - son Russell and daughters Virginia, Toni and Marion - and, working together, they formed a family bond that prevailed throughout the years. It was not until the 1930s that Walter became associated with the "boysenberry" which would became the family trademark. Nearby, Anaheim Parks Superintendent Rudolph Boysen had experimented with a new strain of berry but the plants kept dying on the vine. Walter took the scraggly plants, nurtured them to health and named the new berry - a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry - after its originator. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots to Knott's Berry Farm. As another means of staving off Depression hardships, Cordelia began selling jams and jellies made from Walter's berries. These were soon followed by home-baked pies, hot biscuits and sandwiches. Then, on a night in June 1934, Cordelia served eight fried chicken dinners on her wedding china - for the all-inclusive price of 65 cents each - and the world's largest chicken dinner restaurant was born. Today, the Chicken Dinner Restaurant seats more than 900 guests at a time, serves more than 1. 5 million guests each year, and is the largest full-service restaurant that serves chicken as its main course.
The success of the chicken dinners was immediate and by 1940 the restaurant was serving as many as 4,000 dinners on Sunday evenings. To give waiting customers something to do and to pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents and his love of the Old West, Walter developed Ghost Town, eventually the first of Knott's Berry Farm's six themed areas. The first structure was the Gold Trails Hotel, which had originally been constructed in Prescott, Ariz. in 1868. Adhering to authenticity, Walter brought in other buildings from deserted ghost towns and Knott's Ghost Town as it exists today emerged. Additions were made as the years passed. In the 1960s, the Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride were added and Knott's built its second themed area: Fiesta Village, a tribute to California's early Spanish heritage. The third themed area opened in 1975 - Roaring 20s (re-themed in 1996 into The Boardwalk) - featuring the Corkscrew, the world's first looping coaster. In 1983, Knott's debuted a first in the amusement park industry with its six-acre Camp Snoopy, the world's first theme park "land" designed specifically for kids. Wild Water Wilderness, a four-acre outdoor river wilderness area featuring the whitewater rafting ride Bigfoot Rapids, was added in 1988, followed by Indian Trails in 1993. It was also the Knotts' decision to build the country's only brick-by-brick replica of Independence Hall, complete with an exact replica of the Liberty Bell, as a free-admission educational resources for Farm guests and Orange County residents.
Cordelia Knott died in 1974 at the age of 84 and Walter Knott continued to live on the Farm he loved until his death in 1981 - a week before his 92nd birthday. The Knott Family maintained operation of Knott's Berry Farm until its friendly acquisition by Cedar Fair, L.P. in December 1997. In keeping with Walter and Cordelia's original goals, Knott's Berry Farm continues to combine quality, wholesome family entertainment with nostalgia and history. Cedar Fair is currently expanding Knott's Berry Farm with the most new rides, shows and attractions in the park's history, while maintaining those simpler features that continue to make it "The Theme Park Californians Call Home®."
The Knott family arrives in the sleepy community of Buena Park and begins farming 20 acres of land on Highway 39 (now Beach Blvd).
The first permanent building is erected to house Cordelia Knott’s tea room and berry market. The farm is christened Knott’s Berry Place.
Walter Knott begins propagating the new boysenberry plant, a curious cross between the red raspberry, blackberry and loganberry.
To make ends meet during the Great Depression, Cordelia serves her first chicken dinners on her wedding china for 65 cents each.
Walter and Cordelia expand their tea room into a genuine restaurant complete with separate kitchen, dining rooms and parking lots. Despite serving 1,774 dinners on Thanksgiving Day, Cordelia insists she’s still not in the restaurant business.
Daughter Virginia sets up a souvenir table in the Chicken Dinner Restaurant, founding the country’s first theme park souvenir shop.
In an attempt to entertain the thousands of restaurant customers lining up each day, Walter relocates the Gold Trails Hotel to the Farm from Prescott, Ariz. To the hotel’s lobby Walter adds the Farm’s first attraction: “The Covered Wagon Show,” a cyclorama depicting the Knott family’s journey West. The hotel and cyclorama form the basis for Ghost Town, the first themed area of Knott’s Berry Farm.
Knott’s Berry Place is officially renamed Knott’s Berry Farm.
The Calico Saloon, incorporating many of the most popular elements of old saloons throughout the West, opens serving sarsaparilla and boysenberry punch on Calico Square.
Walter buys America’s last operating narrow-gauge railroad, the Denver and Rio Grande, and moves it in its entirety to Knott’s Berry Farm. The steam-powered train is christened the Ghost Town & Calico Railroad, proving a perfect addition to growing Ghost Town.
The Bird Cage Theatre opens in Ghost Town as the home of the country’s only daily acting melodrama troupe. A replica of the Bird Cage in Tombstone, Ariz., the Theatre goes on to serve as the training ground for Steve Martin and countless other actors and
Walter and Cordelia attend the July 18 opening ceremonies of Disneyland, and return to find the Farm parking lot filled to capacity. Despite rumors to the contrary, Knott’s Berry Farm continues to thrive, enjoying its best year ever.
The Calico Mine Ride, an ingenious trip into the depths of an Old West mine, opens to rave reviews. Its creative use of themed and special effects sets a new standard for future Knott’s attractions.
Walter completes construction on a brick-by-brick replica of Independence Hall, complete with cracked, 2,075-pound Liberty Bell.
The amusement park is enclosed and a general admission fee is charged for the first time ($1.00).
The Calico Logging Co. (later the Timber Mountain Log Ride) opens as one of the first log flume rides in the U.S. Fiesta Village also debuts.
The 2,100-seat John Wayne Theatre (now the Charles M. Schulz Theatre) opens on June 19. California Governor Ronald Reagan and John Wayne himself preside over the celebrity-filled opening ceremonies, which The Knotty Post employee newsletter describes as “the biggest event ever held on the Farm.”
Knott’s transforms itself into Knott’s Scary Farm for its first-ever Halloween Haunt® the world’s first amusement park Halloween promotion. The event remains the industry standard, breaking attendance records every year.
Cordelia Knott dies on April 23 at the age of 84.
The Corkscrew, the world’s first 360-degree roller coaster, opens as the centerpiece of the Roaring 20’s themed area. Another highlight of Roaring 20’s is Knott’s Bear-y Tales, a fantasy dark ride featuring the Bear-y family.
The 20-story Sky Jump and Sky Cabin – patterned after an attraction at New York’s Coney Island – provide a breathtaking new addition to Roaring 20’s. The new attraction helps make July 4, 1976 the biggest attendance day in Knott’s history to that point.
Knott’s opens its second roller coaster, Montezooma’s Revenge, in Fiesta Village. The ride takes riders from 0 to 55 mph in five seconds.
Walter Knott dies on Dec. 3 – one week before his 92nd birthday. Amusement park veteran Terry E. Van Gorder takes the helm as Knott’s first non-family president and CEO.
Camp Snoopy, the park’s six-acre wonderland for kids, opens July 1 as the official home of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. It is the first area of any amusement park designed solely for kids under 12.
Knott’s Berry Farm is magically transformed into Knott’s Merry Farm as the park hosts its first Ghost Town Christmas Crafts Festival.
Another dimension to Roaring 20’s is added with the opening of Pacific Pavilion, home of education-oriented marine mammal shows.
Knott’s foreshadows the dinosaur craze by replacing Knott’s Bear-y Tales with Kingdom of the Dinosaurs, a trek into prehistory complete with 21 fully animated creatures and environmental special effects. The expertly timed new attraction helps make the year one of the best on record.
Knott’s Berry Farm becomes only the fourth park in the world to receive the coveted Amusement Business/Liseberg Applause Award, awarded biannually to the amusement park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development.
Bigfoot Rapids, an untamed journey down the longest man-made river in the West, opens in the new Wild Water Wilderness themed area.
Knott’s introduces its “Adventures in Education” program, making learning “come alive” for Southern California students of all ages through in-park educational tours and school assemblies.
The Corkscrew is replaced by Boomerang, a European-designed roller coaster that takes guests upside down six times in less than a minute. Ghost Town celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
Knott’s opens its first off-site restaurant, Mrs. Knott’s Restaurant and Bakery, in the Southern California communities of Irvine and Moreno Valley. A third restaurant in Mission Viejo opens a year later.
Indian Trails, Knott’s two-acre Native American interpretive center, debuts on the outskirts of Ghost Town.
Knott’s Camp Snoopy is unveiled as the six-acre centerpiece of Minneapolis’ Mall of America, the country’s largest shopping center. Boasting rides, live shows, family attractions, shops and restaurants, it remains the world’s largest indoor themed amusement park.
Knott’s serves as the host park for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) convention in Los Angeles.
Knott’s dazzles audiences with Mystery Lodge™, a magical journey into the Native North American West and the park’s most technically advanced project ever.
Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a year of festivities and special events highlighted by the summer debut of Jaguar!™, The Streaking Big Cat of Roller Coasters!
Knott’s re-energizes the Roaring 20’s, incorporating a score of rousing new entertainment concepts. The Boardwalk salutes the vigor, vitality and variety of Southern California’s legendary seaside culture.
Windjammer Surf Racers blows onto The Boardwalk. The nation’s first major outdoor dual-track steel racing roller coaster pits jammer against jammer through side-by-side vertical loops, six story drops,dives and a spiraling finale.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company of Sandusky, Ohio acquires Knott’s Berry Farm. The acquisition puts Knott’s on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time.
GhostRider, the longest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the west opens.
Supreme Scream, the world’s tallest descending thrill ride debuts as Orange County’s tallest structure. Knott’s acquires the adjacent Buena Park Hotel.
Upon completion of a $24 million renovation the former Buena Park Hotel is unveiled as the Radisson Resort Knott’s Berry Farm featuring 320 elegant rooms including a PEANUTS themed wing. Knott’s Southern California Resort evolves as Soak City, a separately gated water adventure park opens on a former parking lot. The 2,100 seat Good Time Theatre is renamed the Charles M. Schulz Theatre dedicated to the legacy of Charles Schulz, the creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.
Replacing Windjammer, Xcelerator, a high-octane thrill ride launching riders 0-82 mph in just 2.3 seconds straight up 205 feet at a 90-degree ascent and an immediate 90-degree descent, opens in The Boardwalk Area.
Russell Knott, the second eldest child of Walter and Cordelia Knott, dies at the age of 86.
Knott's Berry Farm’s alter ego, Knott’s Scary Farm, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Halloween Haunt®, the amusement industry’s first ever and longest running Halloween themed event.
Camp Snoopy, home of Charles Schulz’s lovable beagle, Snoopy, and the rest of the PEANUTS gang, celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary at Knott’s Berry Farm. In honor of this anniversary, the all-new Camp Snoopy Theatre opens as the new home of the Peanuts gang’s musical variety shows. Snoopy’s alter ego, Joe Cool, gets his own new ride, Joe Cool’s GR8 SK8, the fifteenth attraction in the six-acre children’s area.
Rachel (Toni) Knott Oliphant, the third child of Walter and Cordelia Knott, dies at the age of 86.
Virginia Knott-Bender, the oldest child of Walter and Cordelia Knott, dies at the age of 90.
Four new attractions make their debut at Knott’s in 2004. RipTide - a soaring, spinning thrill ride with 720? of attitude makes waves in The Boardwalk; Lucy’s Tugboat sets sail in Camp Snoopy; and Screamin’ Swing pushes riders higher than mom or dad ever could. And on December 7, Silver Bullet® streaks into Knott’s. The $16 million suspended coaster sends its riders upside down six times through a cobra roll, outside vertical loop, corkscrews, and flat spins all while travelling under 3,125 feet of steel track!
America’s oldest themed amusement park proves once again its commitment to enhancing the guest experience by announcing plans to add a new water attraction and restaurant.
Recently ranked as one of the top family-friendly restaurants in markets across the United States by Citysearch, Johnny Rockets® takes up residence at America’s most family-friendly theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Known for it’s all-American diner look and feel, Johnny Rockets® offers delicious food, swinging servers and great jukebox music.
Knott’s debuts its first spinning coaster, Sierra Sidewinder which take guests through banks, turns and dips all while rotating on its axis! Located at the entrance of Camp Snoopy, this coaster put a whole new spin on fun.
Knott's Berry Farm sets out on a mission to deliver “First Class” thrills with the opening of their coaster, Pony Express, which arrives in Ghost Town on Memorial Day Weekend. Named after the famous Pony Express which promised a faster mail service on the North American continent, Knott’s Pony Express sends guests on a horseback relay at speeds never imagined in the Old West!
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, a Southern California dining institution celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2009. This world-famous restaurant offers the same legendary multi-course meals and warm neighborly atmosphere that have kept tourists, locals and celebrities coming back since 1934. Today, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant serves an average of 1,000 chickens daily, making it the world’s largest, full service, single location chicken restaurant in the world with seating for 1,000 in eight separate dining rooms.
2010 - 2015
Continuing the tradition of offering fantastic food at affordable prices, Knott’s welcomes the world famous Pink’s Hot Dogs to the Marketplace shopping and dining area. A part of LA culture for over 70 years, Pink’s has long been a destination for hot dog lovers everywhere.
To celebrate the Peanuts 60th Anniversary, Knott’s Berry Farm debuts a new nighttime light show that showcases the Peanuts Gang and reminds us why our heart still belongs to good ol’ Charlie Brown. Camp Snoopy comes alive with a continuous light show filled with Peanuts’ three dimensional figures, themed music, sound effects, voice-overs and colorful projections of the Peanuts’ characters. In “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” guests will see their favorite characters in scenes that personify them – Lucy’s dream of being a Hollywood starlet, Schroeder’s musical genius, even Woodstock gets into the act as he and Snoopy go on a camping adventure.
Knott's celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad with a Golden Spike Ceremony and the re-naming of engine 41 to the "Walter K." after Knott's founder Walter Knott. Walter and Cordelia's only living offspring, Marion Knott, is in attendance and christens the engine with boysenberry juice.
Knott’s introduces Knott’s Berry Bloom, a new season of fun that celebrates the spring with a variety of new offerings. The Search for the Easter Beagle scavenger hunt invites kids to scurry across the park to find Snoopy, and Peanuts’ Party in the Park gets everyone dancing in the streets in a new interactive live musical revue.
Perilous Plunge closes permanently so construction can begin on exciting new attractions in the re-imagined Boardwalk area. This multi-million dollar undertaking includes a family coaster named Coast Rider, Surfside Gliders, on which riders pilot their own two-person aircraft for a scenic view of Boardwalk Bay, and the return of the classic Pacific Scrambler.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride, a beloved Knott’s attraction and one of the oldest log flume rides in the country undergoes a massive refurbishment. The restoration upgrades all of the ride figurines and sets and brings new scenes and characters to the enhanced ride experience, while still maintaining the original theme and storyline of the attraction.
In celebration of 30 years of Camp Snoopy, Knott’s Berry Farm revitalizes the entire land of the High Sierra fun and adds three new attractions: Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, and Linus Launcher.
The Calico Mine Ride – Knott’s Berry Farm’s first major ride was restored with over 50 new animatronics figurines, new audio, themed lighting system, plus a few startling new special effects. The enhancements breathed new life into the park’s landmark attraction.
Marrion Knott, the youngest child of Walter and Cordelia Knott, dies at the age of 92.
Voyage to the Iron Reef™, a spectacular new interactive 4-D ride opens on May 15, 2015. Guests who have what it takes to become brave deep sea navigators climb aboard submarine-inspired ride vehicles and embark on an adventure into the Iron Reef that combines the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of high tech video games. Riders aim their freeze rays at the Kraken Queen’s army of menacing sea creatures and compete against each other to blast the highest score and save Knott’s from a watery doom.
In honor of Ghost Town’s 75th, Knott’s Berry Farm debuts Ghost Town Alive!, the new, interactive, limited-time celebration that allows guest to live the Old West and become a main character in this unique experience. Guests play an active role in shaping the events of the day were different adventures will unfold through the familiar town of Calico.
GhostRider, the longest, fastest and tallest wooden rollercoaster on the West Coast, returns from a major restoration project with all-new trains that gallop along over 4,500 feet of new track.
Several Ghost Town venues underwent extensive renovations. The historic Wagon Camp now features an all-new, exciting stunt show on a renovated stage. Calico Stage, has been relocated and themed after an old abandoned mine.
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant re-opens after a a complete refurbishment. The project brought has brought cosmetic and thematic upgrades throughout the restaurant’s dining areas.