An August 2004 trip
to Buena Park by VickiFunes
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!
Attraction | "Ghost Town Attractions"
Yes, they still serve chicken dinners, but the menu has grown over the years to include many different things. The food is in the "moderate" price range, and the atmosphere is "homey." It seems almost the same inside the restaurant as back when I was a kid! Well, after awhile the family expanded again by bringing in REAL old-western buildings from ghost towns. As I said before, this was the only component of the park years ago, but you can still have pretty much the same experience as back then when you visit the Ghost Town area of the park today. The buildings are authentic. Costumed guides give demonstrations of the activities of yesteryear--like weaving, blacksmithing, and glass-blowing. You can watch a shoot-out or pan for gold. You can try your luck at the "Shootin' Gallery."
There are real, hand-crafted items for sale, plus some other merchandise that's rather strange for an amusement park to sell. For example, in what other park can you buy a big ol' hunting knife? The Knott's park takes their crafts-selling seriously--you can actually get a free pass into the park in order to shop! (Go to the guest relations booth.) At Christmas time, the crafts displays are expanded and marketed to the community as a "Crafts Fair," and people are encouraged to come into the park just to shop for Christmas gifts.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620
Attraction | "Ghost Town Rides"
As an adult, I was thinking that the staged hold-up seemed kind of hokey. But then something happened to remind me that in the days of the Old West, the threat of harm was REAL, and that people still must endure this kind of terror in some parts of the world. My stepdaughter is from Honduras. She winced at the robbery scene and said that it reminded her of the bandits who hold up buses out in the countryside of Honduras, even to this day.
Another ride that's been at the park many, many years is the REAL Butterfield stagecoach. Like the train, it makes a loop of the park. You have the choice of sitting either inside the coach or in the bench up on top. A third ride that helps get you into that Old-West mood is the Calico Mine Train. Inside the scenic mountain through which the train travels, you'll see "miners" hard at work and be reminded what an unpleasant task THAT must have been! The ride is gentle and suitable for children.
Attraction | "Ghost Town Rides, Part 2"
A ride that all three of us DID enjoy was the Timber Mountain log flume ride. As with all log rides, your "log" first climbs a hill, then floats its way gently down again along a water-filled track. Gently, at least until the last thrilling plunge! Since this is "Ghost Town," the scenery along the waterways involves the Old West lumber industry and was quite attractive. We'll certainly go on this one again next time.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2005
Attraction | "Fiesta Village Themed Area at Knott's Berry Farm"
Attraction | "The Boardwalk-themed area at Knott's"
The California Adventure area, Paradise Pier, is themed after the boardwalks of California beaches, and it's done up lavishly in a VISUAL sense. The area is colorful and architecturally detailed---pure eye candy. The rides, though, are, for the most part, ones you can enjoy with your kids, and some of them, even with your toddlers! Knott's Berry Farm's Boardwalk area features wilder, faster, taller rides, attractions more popular with the teen and adult crowds. There are two rides in the Boardwalk that I haven't even worked up enough courage to try yet! One is the VERY SCARY-LOOKING Xcelerator. The ride looks like a bobby-pin set on end---you go straight up into the air and then head straight back down, your face headed directly towards the concrete below! My stepdaughter tried it and loved it! Take a look at the photo below---doesn't it make you cringe just to LOOK at it? Another one I haven't tried is the "Supreme Scream," which looks similar to California Adventure's Maliboomer, but taller. I enjoyed the Maliboomer, but the Knott's version is 254 feet tall! You get zoomed up to the top and then fall back to earth in a mere 3 seconds, going over 50MPH! (Once again, my stepdaughter tried it, while I waited below with my grandson. She loved it!)
Next, all three of us went on the tall--but slow--ride, the Sky Cabin. We slowly ascended a tall pole in a rotating cabin and caught a good view of the park and the surrounding cityscape. Then we slowly came down again. Next, Josie went on the Boomerang, a looping roller coaster, and the Rip Tide, a ride that takes you up into the air and then turns you upside down over and over again. (Those two rides aren't too scary for me, but I had to tend my grandson.) Gabriel then found another ride in this area that he'd try--the Wipe Out, which I can't describe very well, but you'll see it in a photo below. Lastly, we all enjoyed driving the Wheeler Dealer bumper cars.
Attraction | "Wild Water Wilderness at Knott's"
The other ride in Wild Water Wilderness is the Wilderness Scrambler, an old-fashioned ride that is still fun, but doesn't draw a big crowd. That means that you can enjoy it without investing much of your time standing in line! (You'll see it in a photo below.)
The one non-ride attraction in Wild Water Wilderness is the Mystery Lodge, an attractively decorated building that hosts a multimedia Native American story-telling show. After the show, if you wish to enjoy more Native American culture, you can go to the "Indian Trails" themed area. It's a small area with no rides, but it does have a museum-quality exhibit of Native American dwellings---tipis, hogans, and Big Houses. There are periodic shows of Native American music and dancing as well. Another attractive exhibit at "Indian Trails" is a large totem pole; in fact, seeing the tall totem pole will lead you right into this area.
Attraction | "Camp Snoopy themed area at Knott's Berry Farm"
A unique ride called "Joe Cool's Gr8 Sk8" (that's "great skate"), has the scenario that Snoopy has become a cool dude and now wears sunglasses and rides a skateboard! The ride itself is shaped like a giant skateboard, which rolls backwards and forewards as the platform underneath it raises and lowers. It's a kiddie favorite, and a fair sized line backs up for this slow-loading ride. Next to Joe Cool's Gr8 Sk8 are the Red Baron airplanes, which circle around a central hub while the riders raise and lower their planes via their individual controller. The Red Baron is one of only several rides in the kid's area that parent's can't ride alongside their children. Not far from these attractions is a little, man-made lake around which several activities happen. There's the Walter K. Steamboat, which makes a circle cruise of the lake. Then, there's the Grand Sierra Scenic Railroad, which choo-choo's its way around the lake's perimeter. There are also little remote-control boats which, for a small fee, you can pilot around on their own small lake.
Attraction | "Camp Snoopy, part 2"
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 windows. When it's over, you'll help your children replace their shoes, and you're on your way. Parents can't go into the Bounce House, but at the Rocky Road Truckin' Company, the parents get chauffeured! The kids sit in the truck's cab and "drive," while the parents sit outside the cab and just enjoy the view. (How's THAT for a foreshadowing of "things to come!") Remember the Peanuts character, Woodstock? He's a little yellow bird who's Snoopy's friend. Well, he has his own ride at Camp Snoopy, too--called "Woodstock's Airmail." On this ride, the kids are lifted straight into the air, then dropped down suddenly, and then they get in a few smaller bounces before the ride is over. It's a miniature version of the adult ride "Supreme Scream" found in the Boardwalk section of the park.
So far, I've mentioned plenty of rides, but there are still more! There's the Charlie Brown Speedway, which offers tiny cars for your kids to drive along a tiny roadway. Then there's the Log Peeler, which is a mini-scrambler. The Huff and Puff is a good ride for active youngsters--they "kid-power" their own little mining cars by pushing and pumping a handle to make themselves go around on the track. There's the High Sierra Ferris Wheel, which--like many of Camp Snoopy's rides--is fun for the whole family, and not just the children. Plus, there's the walk-through play house, which features Peanuts-themed gadgets for the kids to explore within it. Live shows are performed several times a day at the Camp Snoopy Theater, featuring the Peanuts charactures, naturally.