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July 2018 -Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th with Mrs. Knott’s Famous Fried Chicken
Before there was the Colonel, or chicken and waffles, there was a Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, in the middle of a berry farm in Buena Park, California.
The history of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant started in June 1934 when Cordelia Knott served the first fried chicken dinner meal for 65 cents each on the land that is today known as Knott’s Berry Farm. To make ends meet during the Great Depression, Cordelia served these chicken dinners on her best wedding china. The success of the chicken dinners was immediate and by 1940, visitors were standing in line for hours to try Cordelia’s famous fried chicken.
Mrs. Knott’s signature fried chicken dinner meal continues to be served with its family-style dining that includes deliciously herb-seasoned fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed green salad, cherry rhubarb, kernel corn, freshly-made buttermilk biscuits with butter and boysenberry preserve; and a slice of Mrs. Knott’s scrumptious boysenberry pie for dessert. Each meal is freshly prepared by the Knott’s culinary team with the freshest ingredients. Today the kitchen serves an average of 1,000 chicken meals per day and serves a grand total of 1.5 million guests per year.
For National Fried Chicken Day, Knott’s invites guests to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant for the opportunity to savor the tastiest fried chicken this side of the west. Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and Knott’s Chicken-To-Go are offering a special 10% discount for diners between 11am-2pm and 8pm-10pm exclusively on July 6th. Plus, that day guests will have the opportunity to experience special restaurant photo ops and an exclusive Snapchat filter that will make those fried chicken photos extra fun.
May 18, 2018 - Drop in on HangTime all Summer Long as the First and Only Dive Coaster in California is Now Open at Knott's Berry Farm
After several months of anticipation, HangTime is now officially open to guests! Get ready to hang this summer on the surf-inspired coaster, HangTime as it brings new thrills to the Boardwalk Area. The brand new coaster will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and a beyond vertical drop - the steepest in California. HangTime will ascend 15 stories up a vertical lift hill and come to a halt leaving riders suspended at the crest for several seconds before descending down a 96-degree drop, through 2,189 feet of steel track and five thrilling inversions. At a maximum speed of 57 mph hours, HangTime comes to life as the sun sets each night by illuminating the Boardwalk area with vibrant nighttime track chase lighting offering a spectacular view unlike any other.
May 2018 - Summer at Knott’s Rolls In With Two New Shows and The Return of the Award Winning Ghost Town Alive!
Sunny skies and warm weather have arrived at Knott’s Berry Farm and we’re welcoming summer by introducing an entertainment lineup with two brand new shows and the return of the award-winning story of the Wild West, Ghost Town Alive! This year’s summer entertainment will take you from a musical performance celebrating the sunny beach culture of the Boardwalk to experiencing life in the Old West.
This summer the western adventure continues as the award-winning experience of Ghost Town Alive! returns for another action-packed season. With Ghost Town Alive! guest are invited to visit the beloved town of Calico and experience an authentic western adventure by becoming a star in the day’s evolving storyline, each guest has the power to unlock adventures through interactions with the townsfolk or by joining in on the town’s activities and much more. Guests have the ability to influence how the story takes shape. This year, the town of Calico bursts to life with new adventures and guest interactions. Gold has been discovered in town and guests will get swept up in gold fever as the good citizens of Calico set their sights on seeking their fortunes. Starting Saturday, May 26 and runs select days through September 3.
Debuting in June at the Charles M. Schultz Theatre, Beach Blanket Beagle is a musical dance party set to the classic beach comber tunes of the 60’s and 70’s, and stars the coolest beagle around, Snoopy! Showing select days June 9 – August 19.
At the Calico Mine Stage, Knott’s is presenting another new show called Calico’s Mountain Jamboree! It’s a stunt-filled spectacle featuring the rivalry between the Timber Mountain Loggers and the Calico Miners set to an upbeat soundtrack and comedy galore. Showing select days June 9 – August 19.
For more information on Knott’s summer shows please visit knotts.com; or join the conversation by using #KnottsBerryFarm #GhostTownAlive on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
May 2018 - Prepare for Big Waves and Summer Fun as Knott's Soak City Waterpark Opens for May 19th
Splash into the summer season at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark as it opens its gates beginning Saturday, May 19th. Orange County’s largest outdoor water park is the perfect family destination to cool off during the hot summer days with over 15-acres of aqua-tastic fun. In 2017, Knott’s Soak City expanded the water park to offer even more fun in the sun including a fully remodeled Longboard’s Grill restaurant, additional seating areas, and new spacious cabanas, plus two new water slide towers - Shore Break and The Wedge. Shore Break towers over seven stories high and features six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides include Aqua-Launch chambers where guests wait anxiously as the floor drops out from underneath their feet sending them on high-speed free fall down a 60-foot tall slide. Additionally, Shore Break offers two dueling tube slides which will have riders zipping through drops and turns. The newest family raft ride, the Wedge, takes up to six riders on an open-raft trip navigating through twists, turns and unexpected drops for some spills and thrills. Guests can look forward to another unforgettable summer season running through September 9th at Knott’s Soak City Waterpark.
February 2018 - The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Returns and Introduces a New Lineup of Tasty Boysenberry Treats and Festive Entertainment, March 16- April 8
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is our annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy drinks and one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival has expanded to 24 days, starting March 16 and running daily through April 8.
The historic boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.
Some of the tastiest and most unique food items are rolled out exclusively during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. This year’s appetizing lineup includes the first ever boysenberry quesadilla made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, served with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream with cotija and mozzarella cheese. Our new boysenberry pierogies with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream are bursting with a combination of sweet and savory flavors. Other flavorful items that will be prepared and served for our guests to enjoy include the slow cooked boysenberry short ribs. The juicy meat is smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and completed with chopped green onions. The guest favorite and finger-lickin’ boysenberry chicken wings will return. The irresistible wings are smothered in the delicious and popular boysenberry BBQ sauce which is made exclusively at the Farm. The boysenberry inspired items also include the very filling a grilled boysenberry sausage on a freshly baked roll topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard. For guests craving a refreshing drink, Knott’s is offering an all-new boysenberry boba tea which consists of boysenberry milk tea and chewy berry-soaked tapioca balls served over ice. The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese. The festival also offers a variety of sharable snacks for the family including a new vegetarian/vegan option, boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries. Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling through the park. A great option to indulge in a variety of food items during the festival is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $30 which offers tastings of eight select food items. Guests can enjoy all eight items on the card or mix-and-match up to eight tastings. Returning and other signature boysenberry items will be available for purchase a la carte. Tasting cards are available at Knotts.com or in the theme park.
Guest can also take home a taste of the boysenberry festival with limited edition merchandise that can be found throughout the park, such as a new boysenberry bath and body line including soaps, salt soaks, bath bombs, lip balms (introducing three new flavors) and candles. New to the festival this year is Knott’s sugar-free boysenberry concentrate, a low calorie, no sugar version of Knott’s popular drink, a wide selection of boysenberry chocolates including boysenberry versions of milk chocolate bars, truffles, caramel squares, peanut butter and jelly cups. New and exclusive to Knott’s Berry Farm this year is the all-new boysenberry Jelly Belly®. The Knott’s Berry Market also features signature boysenberry items like the delicious boysenberry BBQ sauce or the classic jams and preserves. Unique boysenberry inspired products with a homemade twist will also be available as the Craft Fair returns offering a variety of products like boysenberry cashew nut brittle, boysenberry pie shaped homemade accessories and more.
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers endless entertainment options for the festival goers who have a hankerin’ for some good ol’ country fun:
Tied up in Knott’s! – “Tied Up in Knott’s!” is a tribute art show to the rich history of Knott’s Berry Farm, its beginnings as a farm and its standing as a Southern California institution for millions of visitors during its (almost) 100-year history. More than a dozen artists will be contributing pieces to the show, which pays homage to Knott’s Berry Farm’s past, present and future in various mediums including: oil paintings, illustrations and digital mixed media. These original pieces will be hung on display at the Wilderness Dance Hall during the duration of the Boysenberry Festival and Guests will have the opportunity to purchase many of the pieces, as well as prints of some of the art.
Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! - Guests are invited to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts Gang in a show that will have families dancing and playing along at the Calico Mine Stage.
Old Time Melodrama - Knott’s pays tribute to its past at the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre with a special presentation of the musical comedy melodrama with a surprising boysenberry twist!
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies - A group of krazy talented performers will have guests toe tappin’, vine dancin’ and knee-slappin’ to a comedic country music show at the Wagon Camp stage.
Ghost Town Miners – The joy of scrumptious food and country music encompass guests as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun musical performance.
Easter Beagle - Spring has sprung all around the park including in Camp Snoopy where guests can meet everyone’s favorite beagle as he celebrates the season.
Ghost Town’s Town Hall- In honor of the famous berry that started it all, guests are invited to learn the history of the boysenberry and how Walter and Cordelia Knott started the Farm.
Old MacDonald Petting Zoo - 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.
The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm. Additional costs apply for food tasting experiences within the event. Knott’s will have extended hours on select days March 16 – April 8, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.
The best way to savor every day of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and all of the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2018 Season Pass. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the recently expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Regular passes are just $94 or six easy payments of $15.66 and Gold Passes are $113 or six payments of just $18.83. These offers end April 8, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.
For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. For all current Knott’s Boysenberry assets please visit the event’s electronic press kit. Join the conversation using the hashtag #Boysenberry Festival
January 2018- The PEANUTS Characters Take Over Knott’s Berry Farm for the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, Weekends Starting January 27th to February 25th
The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, an all-new Seasons of Fun event uniquely dedicated to celebrating the beloved PEANUTS characters, invites guests to step inside the pages of a Charles M. Schulz comic strip as the characters take over the entire theme park for the very first time. The newly introduced event will take place on weekends beginning January 27th through February 25th plus President’s day, February 19th. The limited time celebration invites fans of all ages to join in on the fun by introducing new ways for guests to play and interact with the PEANUTS Gang throughout the park. The event will feature special PEANUTS inspired décor, new social media worthy comic strip photo ops, new character experiences, live shows, exclusive merchandise and deliciously themed treats to complete this whimsical celebration.
The celebration will have plenty of surprises hidden around every corner. One-of-a-kind photo opportunities will be available throughout the park allowing guests to pose alongside their favorite characters or step into a PEANUTS comic strip to create a unique and lifetime memory. The vibrant décor will include full size comic strip props like Charlie Brown’s kites and the iconic kite eating trees which will adorn the park’s pathways. Guests will have the chance to meet with the beloved PEANUTS characters throughout the day as the characters appear at unexpected locations for special interactions.
Camp Snoopy Theater presents an all-new show where Lucy and Charlie put their talents to the test in Lucy and Charlie’s Balancing Act. Also in Camp Snoopy, the Grand Sierra Railroad invites kids to celebrate with the PEANUTS Gang as they head to the Beagle Bonanza in this new ride overlay.
The PEANUTS inspired festivities continue at the Birdcage Theatre as the park introduces an experience that gives both the young and the young at heart a lesson on how to draw their favorite PEANUTS character. The PEANUTS Sketch School will include our resident art teacher who will provide step by step instructions on how to draw the perfect PEANUTS masterpiece. After class is dismissed, a special showing of a classic PEANUTS television special will be shown in the theatre.
Franklin and Linus are on a Western escapade as they transform into cowboys in the new PEANUTS Cowboy Jamboree at Calico Park. The boys are looking to challenge guests with some of the rootinest, tootinest games in Calico. Also in Ghost Town, everyone’s favorite messy pal, Pig Pen will be making his Knott’s Berry Farm debut as he hosts a special meetup at the Livery Stables with some of his favorite animal friends.
The celebration continues at the Calico Mine Stage where the PEANUTS characters have two all-new musical surprises for guests. During the day Sally and Schroder will host a retrospect of music in The Music Goes Round and Round where they’ll have the audience dancing in the aisles. At nightfall the stage will transform into a musical extravaganza as the park presents the first ever Woodstock’s Musical Festival. The musical event will feature the Peanuts Gang joined by the family-friendly indie band The Jelly of the Month Club, performing a high energy rock concert for the whole family. Guests will also uncover hidden fun as they venture into Fiesta Village were Lucy and Sally have taken a journey south of the border as they have been introduced to the colorful dancing of Mexico. Lucy and Sally’s Fiesta Fantasy will bring lively music, traditional costumes and live performances to the Fiesta Village stage.
The best way to enjoy every weekend of the all-new Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration and all of the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2018 Season Pass. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Regular passes are just $94 or six easy payments of $15.66 and Gold Passes are $113 or six payments of just $18.83. These offers end April 8, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.
For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the conversation using the hashtag #KnottsPeanutsCelebration
November 2017 - 2018 Brings NewEexperiences the Knott's Berry Farm Including the Debut of the First Dive Coaster on the West Coast, HangTime.
Knott’s Berry Farm has several new additions in store for 2018 including the debut of the first dive coaster on the West Coast, HangTime, along with the introduction of the all-new Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, an expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and a brand new storyline for Ghost Town Alive!. A 2018 season pass offers year-round visits to the park with no blackout dates and is the best way to experience all of Knott’s Seasons of Fun throughout the year. Here’s what guests can expect to see at the farm starting next year.
Knott’s Berry Farm will kick off its 2018 Seasons of Fun with the addition of the all-new Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, uniquely dedicated to celebrating the beloved PEANUTS characters. Guests can join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the PEANUTS Gang as the park celebrates the world that Charles M. Schulz created. The park will be adorned with Peanuts-inspired décor, new character experiences, comic strip inspired photo opportunities, deliciously themed-treats and new whimsical shows. The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration will take place weekends starting January 27 through February 25, 2018, plus Presidents’ Day.
The yummiest season at the Farm keeps growing each year and in 2018 the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is expanding to 24 days dedicated to celebrating the historic little berry that started it all. The event will offer countless one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes created in-house by the Knott’s culinary team. Each year the menu ranges from deliciously sweet desserts to zesty savory dishes, plus tasty beverages all bursting with scrumptious boysenberry flavors. The event offers a wonderful tasting experience for everyone to indulge in and features world-class entertainment, music, activities for the whole family, a wine and local craft beer tasting garden, and so much more. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival begins March 16, 2018, through April 8, 2018, and is included with park admission.
Summertime at Knott’s will invite thrill seekers to climb aboard HangTime, the first dive coaster on the West Coast. HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a 15-story 96-degree drop - the steepest drop in California. The coaster’s train will come to a halt and will leave riders suspended for several seconds before descending in a beyond-vertical drop, through 2,189 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions. HangTime will be only the second rollercoaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders the sensation of floating. HangTime’s ride structure itself will come to life and illuminate the Boardwalk area with colorful nighttime track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster train, as it travels across the track. The new dive coaster is set to open at Knott’s in Summer 2018.
The park’s interactive summer story of the Wild West, Ghost Town Alive!, continues with a brand new storyline that takes a wild turn for the townsfolks of Calico during summer 2018. At the end of this past summer’s story, the characters of Ghost Town Alive! discovered gold inside the Calico Mine and next summer’s story explodes as everyone in town is in the middle of a Gold Rush. Guests are invited to become a part of the action by joining the hunt with the local cowboys, cowgirls, shopkeepers and the rest of the townsfolk. Ghost Town Alive! will offer new adventures, roles, characters and entertainment that will delight guests of all ages during the wildest season at the farm.
The Seasons of Fun festivities continue through fall and winter for guests and Passholders with the two family celebrations of Knott’s Spooky Farm and Knott’s Merry Farm. Knott’s Spooky Farm is the daytime family-friendly Halloween celebration which takes place weekends in October. Knott’s Merry Farm provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s holiday memories with a park transformation that surrounds you with the glorious sights, sounds and scents of the holiday season with classic shows, seasonal treats and so much more.
A 2018 Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the new and exciting additions coming to Knott’s. With a 2018 Season Pass, you will get to enjoy all of the Seasons of Fun next year plus you can use your pass for one free admission in 2017. Season Passes are on sale now for the Lowest Price of the Year! A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Regular passes are just $92 or six easy payments of $15.33 and Gold Passes are $110 or six payments of just $18.33. These offers end January 7, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.
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Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings nearly 100 years ago. Starting with a simple roadside berry stand, then a restaurant serving mouthwatering chicken dinners, Walter and Cordelia Knott attracted long lines of customers to their Buena Park farm. To keep crowds entertained, the Knott family built an entire western-themed town that remains the heart of Knott’s Berry Farm today. Anchored in its rich California history and charm, Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters and thrill rides, elaborate stage shows, interactive entertainment, and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. To complete the family resort, the Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Hotel are located within walking distance of the theme park. Plus, true to its roots, Knott’s continues to serve up delicious food creations that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm— California’s first theme park.
Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings nearly 100 years ago. What started as a small berry farm soon began to grow into a family theme park destination thanks to famous fried chicken dinners, boysenberries and an Old West Ghost Town. Anchored in its rich California history and charm, Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. Plus, true to its roots, Knott’s continues to serve up delicious food creations that can only be found at California’s first theme park.
Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings. What started as a small berry farm soon began to grow into a family theme park destination thanks to famous fried chicken dinners, boysenberries and an Old West Ghost Town. Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, delicious food creations and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang.
Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings. What started as a small berry farm soon grew into a family theme park destination now bursting with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, delicious food creations and family-friendly fun.
Knott's Soak City
Knott’s Soak City Waterpark is a separately gated, 15-acre water park next to the Knott's Berry Farm theme park. In 2017, Orange County's largest water park expanded 2 acres to offer even more fun in the sun with seven new slides. The park now boasts a total of 22 speed, tube and body slides plus the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile long Sunset Lazy River; and the three-story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. The water park also features Gremmie Lagoon, a hands-on water playground for younger kids and families. Open seasonally on select days from late May to early September.
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 - 2017
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 debuted Ghost Town Alive!, the new, interactive, limited-time celebration that allows guest to live the Old West and become the 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 roller coaster on the West Coast, returns from a major restoration project with all-new trains that gallop along over 4,500 feet of new track.
Knott’s Berry Farm debuts Sol Spin a brand new hair-raising thrill to the Fiesta Village area of the park. Sol Spin sends brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms.
Knott’s Soak City expands to include 2 new water slide towers geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break towers over seven stories and offers six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the tower will feature an Aqua-Launch chamber which innovatively launches guests as the floor under their feet drops them into an almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break also features dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The Wedge slide tower is an open-air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and unexpected drops.
This summer Knott’s Berry Farm will welcome HangTime, the first and only dive coaster in California. The brand new coaster will tower 150 feet over the Boardwalk area, showcasing gravity-defying inversions, mid-air suspensions and a beyond vertical drop- the steepest in California. HangTime will ascend 15 stories up a vertical lift hill and come to a halt leaving riders suspended at the crest for several seconds before descending down a 96-degree drop, through 2,189 feet of steel track and five thrilling inversions. Catch HangTime at Knott’s Berry Farm beginning May 18, 2018!