Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park Update

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Knott’s Berry Farm Announces Grand Reopening for May 21

April 12, 2021 Update

Buena Park, Calif. – It’s official: Knott's Berry Farm is reopening its gates next month as the theme park safely resumes regular operations with limited capacity and new reservation requirements. The park will reopen to season passholders May 6, with plans for a grand reopening to the general public on May 21 for a summer-long, Knott’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. "The Knott's Family Reunion" looks to reunite family and friends in a safe and fun environment after a year-long closure due to COVID-19.

New and unforgettable experiences await in honor of the park's 100 years of history and family fun for all. During the 100th anniversary celebration, guests can experience the brand-new Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, a 4-D interactive dark ride that pays tribute to the classic attraction from 35 years ago. Guests also will have the opportunity to meet Knott's all-new lovable costumed characters and enjoy special evening entertainment as Knott's Summer Nights returns with live music, DJs, and one-of-a-kind food and drink specialties. In addition, the theme park is planning a nightly ceremony featuring multiple attractions lighting up the evening and culminating in a special moment with the redesigned illuminated K-tower. Guests also will find festive new park décor, including special photo settings that pay homage to favorite attractions from the past and commemorative merchandise celebrating the park's vast history. These are just a few of the many special surprises that can only come from your friends at Knott's. 

The anniversary celebration runs through September 6, 2021. In accordance with current state guidelines, capacity will be limited and available to California residents only with reservations required for both single-day visits and Season Passholders. Ticket sales and reservations will be available starting April 26 at 10am PST. 

All 2020 and 2021 season passes purchased through May 5, 2021, will be valid through May 5, 2022. Knott's Season Passes are now available starting at $101 or six easy payments of $13.50 after an initial payment. Gold Passes are $135 or six easy payments of just $17.00 after an initial payment. Information regarding Soak City Waterpark will be coming soon. These offers end on June 20, 2021. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

The safety and health of our guests remain our top priority. Knott's Berry Farm continues to follow state, county, and local health guidelines. There are several continued safety measures and operational changes established to ensure guests' safety. Our current approach is listed on our park website. For more information on the park's latest updates, please visit knotts.com.

For more information about this year's milestone celebration, reopening, "Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair," and Knott's Season Passes, please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation at Knott's this year using #Knotts100 #KnottsGrandReopening or #KnottsFamilyReunion.

We are encouraged and excited by the recent announcement that came out of the California Governor’s office regarding the reopening of theme parks in the state. We know that it’s been a long year, and as our most loyal guests, you have been incredibly patient with us as we have navigated through this difficult time together.

As we look forward to reopening our gates, we still have some work to do. From hiring and training new associates to working with Government officials on finalizing guidelines, we will work hard to ensure that we can reopen our park safely for all to enjoy. Our plan is to welcome you back to Knott’s Berry Farm this May.

For now, we are humbled by the astounding response we have received on our Tasting events. Currently, our Taste of Boysenberry Festival is underway and will continue to receive guests as planned until May 2.

As announced earlier this year, season passes purchased prior to park opening will be valid for the remainder of 2021, plus a day-for-day extension in 2022 for the number of days the park was closed in 2021.

We can’t wait to celebrate 100 years of original family fun with you during our Knott’s Anniversary Celebration this summer. We especially look forward to creating new treasured memories as we once again open our gates and welcome our family back to the farm. We’ll see you all real soon!

Sincerely,

Jon Storbeck
Vice President & General Manager
Knott's Berry Farm

To our Season Passholders,

We want to thank all of our Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders for your continued patience and support during this unprecedented time. Knowing our closures have disrupted a new year, we wanted to share some important updates to the 2020 and 2021 Season Passholder benefits: 

  • As announced last year, 2020 and 2021 Season Passes and purchased Season Pass Add-On Products (if applicable) will be valid for all of the 2021 season, once the park opens.
  • Additionally, we will also be offering a Day for Day Extension. For every day that the park is closed in 2021, we will extend season passes for the same amount of days in 2022. This also includes Season Pass Add-On Products (if applicable).

Our Season Passholders remain very important to us and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to enjoy all Knott’s Berry Farm has to offer. 

Sincerely,

Jon Storbeck
Vice President & General Manager
Knott's Berry Farm

A Message from Jon Storbeck, Vice President & General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm

We have been so grateful for the opportunity to welcome guests back to Knott’s Berry Farm to enjoy our recently introduced Knott’s Taste of Calico event as well as the unique experiences in our California Marketplace, despite the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank our guests and associates for making Knott’s a safe place to visit during this challenging time. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation with the park’s new health and safety measures – we are getting through this together.

Although we continue to work with government officials as well as health and safety experts on developing guidance to re-opening the full theme park, we are unfortunately still unable to announce an opening date. However, we remain optimistic for the remainder of 2020 and want to share a few important park updates:

  • Starting August 21, guests can enjoy an all-new outdoor dining and retail experience in a way that only Knott’s Berry Farm could offer, with the all-new Taste of Knott’s. Expanding upon the Taste of Calico experience, Taste of Knott’s will celebrate 100 years of classic flavors from around the park with unique food, drink and merchandise offerings. Guests may enjoy Taste of Knott’s throughout Ghost Town, Fiesta Village and the Boardwalk area on weekends through September 13. We look forward to offering more of these unique dining and retail experiences until we are able to reopen the theme park fully.
  • Also, on August 21, the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will reopen for lodging.  Guests may learn more about special Taste of Knott’s hotel packages at Knotts.com.
  • In the meantime, guests may continue to enjoy select offerings from the California Marketplace including alfresco dining on Grand Avenue from Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, Knott’s Chicken-to-Go Restaurant, the Farm Bakery and Berry Market as well as items from our specialty retail stores.
  • Regrettably, due to continued operating restrictions related to the pandemic, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our highly anticipated 2020 Knott’s Scary Farm event. The unique features of Scary Farm will not allow us to operate within the constraints recommended by the CDC and public health experts.  We know that this news is disappointing, but we look forward with great enthusiasm to making 2021 Knott’s Scary Farm our best year ever. 
  • When we can fully reopen the park, we look forward to introducing Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, our all-new 4D interactive dark ride that celebrates a beloved classic attraction with a reimagined gaming twist.  Guests will climb aboard themed vehicles equipped with “jelly blasters” to try to recover stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical environments such as the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp and Weird Woods.  The ride culminates in a celebration at the County Fair.

Please keep in mind that all 2020 Season Passes and add-on products have been extended through 2021. Our entire team is hard at work getting ready for what will be a fantastic year ahead, including our rescheduled Knott’s 100th Anniversary celebration!  

We all look forward to having fun safely for the rest of this season and beyond. There’s still plenty of summer fun to enjoy this year with the new Taste of Knott’s outdoor event, plus Knott’s California Marketplace retail and dining venues.

Again, I want to thank you for your continued support. I hope to see you on the Farm very soon!

A Message from Jon Storbeck, Vice President & General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) matter remains a part of our daily lives, the team at Knott’s Berry Farm continues to work with health and safety experts as we plan for increased safety measures and operational changes throughout our park. We are in constant communication with our state and federal governments and are looking forward to welcoming you back just as soon as it is safe to do so. Although our reopen date is still uncertain, here are a few things we can share:

  • Currently, guests can enjoy select offerings from the California Marketplace including items from Knott’s Chicken-to-Go Restaurant, Farm Bakery and the Knott’s Berry Market
  • Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, an all-new 4D interactive dark ride that celebrates a beloved classic attraction with a reimagined gaming twist, is on track to open when the park reopens
  • Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, select locations in the California Marketplace and Knott’s Soak City remain temporarily closed until further notice 
  • Our Knott’s 100th Anniversary: A Knott’s Family Reunion event will be postponed to 2021. Our team determined that a celebration of this magnitude must be done right.  In order to observe and respect social distancing and other potential guidelines, we have made the decision to postpone this much anticipated event so that we can give this milestone the honor and celebration it truly deserves
  • Given the nature of the experience and new potential safety guidelines, Ghost Town Alive! will not take place in 2020, but will be back in 2021 with an all-new summer adventure hosted by your favorite townsfolk of Calico

As previously announced, we have extended the validity of all 2020 Season Passes and Season Pass Add-On Products through the 2021 season, plus we have paused Easy Pay billing while the park is closed*. Likewise, we will continue to work with guests who may have prepaid single-day tickets valid for days during our temporary park closure. Ticket inquiries may contact us.

The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. We want to assure you that when we do open, Knott’s Berry Farm will continue to be a safe and fun environment for all. Our team is 100% committed to this promise. And we are working alongside industry experts and government officials toward this shared goal. We will keep you updated as we move forward; in the meantime, we thank you for your loyalty and continued support.

*2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass add-on products (if applicable) will be valid through the 2021 Season according to pass type. For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended, and will remain suspended while the park is closed. When the park reopens, billing will resume. Passholders will need to be current on payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

A Message from Jon Storbeck, Vice President & General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm

As we all continue to navigate this unprecedented situation, we want to thank you for your continued patience and support of Knott’s Berry Farm.  Our team would like nothing more than to open our park and welcome you back.  Clearly that is not an option for us right now, and our priority is to keep everyone safe --- our valued guests, our amazing associates, and our cherished communities.

Given the uncertainty around our park reopening, we want to share how we will manage 2020 Season Passholder benefits:

  • 2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products (if applicable) will be valid for the remainder of 2020 when our park is able to reopen. 
  • Additionally, 2020 Regular, Gold and Platinum Season Passes purchased at Knott’s Berry Farm (as well as purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products) will remain valid through the 2021 Season, ending December 31, 2021. *
  • For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended as of April 4, 2020, and will remain suspended while the park is closed. When the park reopens, billing will resume. Passholders will need to be current on attempted payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

Our Season Passholders represent some of our most loyal guests, and we want to ensure that you receive a full season of fun as promised when you purchased your 2020 Season Pass.  This is a very unusual time for all of us, and we again thank you for your understanding and loyalty to Knott’s Berry Farm.

*Scary Farm Pass Add-On will be valid during 2020 only.

At Cedar Fair, the safety and well-being of our Guests and Associates are always our top priorities.   

As we continue to follow regional and national health directives related to COVID-19, we want to provide the latest update regarding our park schedule. Currently, Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, and California Marketplace are temporarily closed. It is our hope to reopen those properties mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our associates, our guests, and our communities.

We will continue to work with Guests who have prepaid single-day tickets or booked rooms during the time period of our park closure. Additionally, for existing 2020 Season Passholders who are unable to use their pass during our temporary closure, we will extend your pass by the number of days Knott’s Berry Farm is closed.* For ticket inquiries, please contact us or for hotel re-bookings email hotelinformation@knotts.com

We appreciate the support and cooperation of our Guests and Associates during this ever-evolving situation. Your loyalty to our park is invaluable. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Beginning March 18, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel and California Marketplace will close temporarily through the end of the month. We will work with our guests who have booked rooms during the time period of our park closure. For hotel re-bookings contact hotelinformation@knotts.com.

Beginning March 14, Knott’s Berry Farm will close temporarily through the end of the month.  We continue to follow guidance from local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our properties, we believe this is the right decision for our guests, associates, and community.

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel and California Marketplace will remain open. We will work with our guests who have prepaid single-day tickets or booked rooms during the time period of our park closure. For ticket refund requests contact us or for hotel re-bookings email hotelinformation@knotts.com.

Our guests and associates are considered family.  We have their well-being at the forefront of our decision-making.  We are committed to responding to questions and requests over the days and weeks ahead and appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we manage through this ongoing situation.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Cedar Fair's highest priority is always the safety of our guests and associates. We know you continue to hear and see news reports about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and some of its effects around the world. The Cedar Fair team is closely monitoring this evolving situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.

All Cedar Fair properties intend to welcome guests in accordance with our published schedules, and we continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. All our parks and resorts have high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for our guests;
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day;
  • Numerous and accessible handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer locations;
  • Quick response to spills, trash and other situations;
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches and trash cans;
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines

The leadership team is communicating with our associates about illness prevention; this includes guidance issued by the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website at www.cdc.gov.

As always, we maintain close relationships with local, state, national and international public health authorities. We take their guidance when additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.

Thank you for your continued support and trust in Cedar Fair's family of parks and resorts.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Frequently Asked Questions

If you purchased an admission ticket to Knott’s Berry Farm for a date that could not be used while the park was closed, your ticket will be extended through May 5, 2022 and can be used any public operating day at Knott’s Berry Farm. Tickets not valid for Knott’s Scary Farm, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, or special ticket events.

If you have Group Sales tickets, contact your group organizer/leader for details.

If you are part of a planned group visit to the park or have Group Sales tickets, contact your group organizer/leader for details. Group organizers/leaders should contact their park sales representatives directly.

Cedar Fair's highest priority is always the safety of our guests and associates. We continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. All our parks and resorts have high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for our guests;
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day;
  • Numerous and accessible handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer locations;
  • Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations;
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches, and trash cans;
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines

The leadership team is communicating with our associates about illness prevention; this includes guidance issued by the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website at www.cdc.gov.

As always, we maintain close relationships with local, state, national, and international public health authorities. We take their guidance when additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.

Season Pass Frequently Asked Questions

Qualified Season Passes and Season Pass Add-ons purchased by May 5, 2021 will be extended through May 5, 2022.

All 2020 Season Passes purchased by 12/6/20 and all 2021 Season Passes purchased between 12/7/20 and 5/5/21 will be extended through 5/5/22.  All associated Season Pass Add-ons will also be extended. Season Passes and Add-Ons purchased after 5/5/21 will be valid thru 12/31/21.

2020 Season Passes and 2020 Season Pass Add-Ons (if applicable) will be valid through May 5, 2022 

  • 2020 Regular, Gold and Platinum Season Passes (as well as purchased Season Pass Add-On Products) will be valid through May 5, 2022.

  • 2021 Regular, Gold and Platinum Season Passes (as well as purchased Season Pass Add-On products) will be valid through May 5, 2022. This extension will be in effect for Season Passes purchased through May 5, 2021 only. Season Passes purchased after that date will be valid thru December 31, 2021.

Easy Pay Payments Resuming April 19, 2021

  • For 2020 Season Passholders who purchased prior to 12/6/20 participating in our Easy Pay Program and had monthly payments paused, billing will resume on 4/19/21. Your payment date will remain the same as it was prior to the pause. Passholders will need to be current on attempted payments to receive 2021 and 2022 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

*2020 Season Passes are those purchased prior to 12/6/20.

  • Your payments must be in good standing for the Season Pass to receive any extension benefits.

  • No other action is required from you.

Yes – all 2020 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders who are in good standing will have their Season Pass and Season Pass Add-ons (if applicable) extended through May 5, 2022, regardless of when the purchase was made.

In addition, any 2021 Season Passes purchased between 12/7/20 and 5/5/21 will also be extended through 5/5/22.

The benefits and entitlements will be the same in 2021 and 2022 as they were in 2020. For example, if you had a 2020 Regular Pass, you will have a Regular Pass through May 5, 2022, and if you had a 2020 Gold Pass, you will have a Gold Pass through May 5, 2022.

  • Once billing resumes on 4/19/21, passholders will need to be current on attempted payments to receive 2021 and 2022 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

  • If any attempted payment fails, all Season Passes and Season Pass Add-Ons on that order will be deactivated until the payment is made in the online Payment Portal.

Upgrades to 2020 Season Passes can be done at the park once it reopens. If a 2020 Season Pass is upgraded, the upgraded pass type will be extended through May 5, 2022.

Paused Easy Pay billing will resume on 4/19/21. You will be billed the normal monthly amount for however many months remain to finish paying your full balance due. 

Payments will continue to occur on the same date of the month as in previous months. You can log into the Payment Portal online with your order number and the email address you used during the initial purchase to confirm the upcoming payment dates and amounts.

As long as you remain current on attempted payments, your Season Pass and associated Season Pass Add-Ons will remain active.

If you’d prefer to make a single catch-up payment, you can log into the Payment Portal and select “Make a Payment” in the portal to pay all the payments that have been missed. Or, you can pay the full balance at any time.