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Knott's Berry Farm---A Tour of the amusement park

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An August 2004 trip to Buena Park by VickiFunes

Knotts Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California More Photos
Quote: Wondering if you would enjoy a visit to Knott's Berry Farm? Then come along with me, my stepdaughter Josie, and my grandson Gabriel as we tour the themed areas of Knott's. Maybe that will help you decide!

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Ghost Town Attractions"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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Knott's Berry Farm literature states that the themed area "Ghost Town" is the heart of the park. That's true and then some. When I was a kid, it was the ONLY part of the park! Knott's Berry Farm wasn't always an amusement center, which is why it has a rather strange name for a theme park. It was, indeed, a farm...a farm that grew berries. They also branched out into processing the berries and making them into jams, jellies, and preserves. So when you see the Knott's name on jars of goodies at your grocery store then, yes, THAT "Knott's" is related to the theme park "Knott's." The Knott's family just liked to have their "finger in every pie," I guess, because they also branched out by opening a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Ghost Town Rides"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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Back when "Ghost Town" was the ONLY themed area of the park, there were several Western-themed rides offered to the public--and they're still at the park today. One of them was the Calico Railroad. It's a real, narrow-gauge steam train. It makes a circuit around the park--you can get a good look at some of the other attractions you might want to try out during your train ride. A "highlight" of the trip is the TRAIN ROBBERY! Boy, did that terrify me as a kid! My mom assured me that the actors would lose their jobs if they REALLY tried to rob the passengers, but I wasn't so sure about that. As an adult, I was thinking that the staged hold-up seemed kind of hokey. But then something happen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

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Attraction | "Ghost Town Rides, Part 2"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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Since I was last at Knott's Berry Farm, a new ride opened that looks great. It's a steel-track roller coaster that doesn't use traditional ride cars. Instead, you hang suspended from the track, with your feet dangling in the air, as you ride. The ride features loops and rolls, spirals and corkscrews, and takes you on a 2 1/2-minute ride that reaches 55mph! I can't wait to try it out! Before the new coaster opened, the ride in Ghost Town that everybody ran from the main gate to catch was the Ghost Rider wooden roller coaster. (And despite new attractions that will arrive, I'm sure the Ghost Rider will stay popular, because it's a very good coaster.) The Ghost Rider was built with a view towards ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Fiesta Village Themed Area at Knott's Berry Farm"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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The Fiesta Village themed area within Knott's Berry Farm amusement park is styled after the era of Spanish California. There are bright colors, Mexican architectural styles, and the ride names and decor fit into the Spanish theme. (Unlike Ghost Town, though, there are no authentic historical buildings, nor is there a "museum" feel to this themed area. It's all "pretend" and just for fun.) A giant "Aztec" temple dominates this area visually---and it's quite a beauty. The temple is the centerpiece for the Jaguar steel-track roller coaster. The Jaguar is the mildest adult roller coaster in the park. That being said, it's still not a children's coaster. I pushed my grandson to try this the year tha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "The Boardwalk-themed area at Knott's"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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On your way into Knott's Berry Farm, you may have noticed the sea of California license plates on cars in the parking lot. You may have wondered to yourself, "Now, WHY would people who have Disneyland---a world-wide tourist draw---in their backyards, choose to visit Knott's instead?" Well, actually, many Orange County residents are big theme-park buffs, and they go to BOTH places regularly. The reason they go to Knott's is for the more thrilling rides, and comparing the Boardwalk section of Knott's with that of Disney's California Adventure will give you an example. The California Adventure area, Paradise Pier, is themed after the boardwalks of California beaches, and it's done up lavishly in a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Wild Water Wilderness at Knott's"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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The Wild Water Wilderness themed area at Knott's Berry Farm features two rides and one attraction. The major ride is Bigfoot Rapids, Knott's enjoyable version of the traditional river rafting ride. To get to the ride, you must first walk through a very LONG entrance queue, which is generally fairly empty, because most of the crowds are waiting for the "wilder" rides. The queue area is shaded by tall, leafy trees, and "footprints" of Bigfoot can be spotted in the cement. Once you board your raft, you'll head into the mildly-churning rapids of a river looping through an attractive, woodsy area. Yes, there's plenty of splashing, and just PLAN on getting wet! If you'd like to ride a second time, you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Camp Snoopy themed area at Knott's Berry Farm"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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Knott's Berry Farm has a large, attractive children's area called "Camp Snoopy." Knott's teamed up with Charles Schulz a number of years ago to use his "Peanuts" cartoon characters here in the park. Camp Snoopy's scenario is that the Peanuts gang have gone off to a summer camp in California's High Sierras. On one hand, then, you'll see tall trees and woodsy decor to represent the "High Sierras" part of the equation. And also, you'll see the Peanuts characters--Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, etc.--strolling the park in costumes to greet the guests, putting on a play at the Camp Snoopy theater, or their pictures adorning gift shops and restaurants. Ride attendants are dressed in "park ranger" ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Knott's Berry Farm

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Attraction | "Camp Snoopy, part 2"

Knott's Berry Farm Photo, Buena Park, California
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The Camp Snoopy-themed area for children is rather large, so your kids will find lots to enjoy there. Another ride is the Flying Ace Balloon Race, a colorful ride using "helium balloons" for the ride cars. These lift up into the air as they circle a central hub. A favorite attraction of my grandson's is Snoopy's Bounce House. A GIANT inflated Snoopy adorns the top of this soft structure. You'll begin in the waiting area, where the kids must take off their shoes to enter. Once the kids are all ready, an attendent lets them into the Bounce House one by one, and the playing begins. They get to bounce around for about 5 minutes, and you can watch through the clear, soft-but-thick plastic win...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

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VickiFunes

VickiFunes
Phoenix, Arizona