The Knott’s Berry Farm Post (Finally)

Took me long enough! Well the computer has been thawed and the blogging shall pick up where I left off.

A couple of years ago I wrote a gushing entry on my personal blog about the joys and sorrows I felt for Knott’s Berry Farm. I still feel the same way. Actually I am somewhat thrilled that their new and mildly exciting Pony Express attraction is at the very least, thematically appropriate, if not exceedingly odd to experience.

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[Jaguar! photo courtesy of my camera phone]

We recently took my sister-in-law to KBF for some “old time adventures” and had a splendid day. We rode the Grand Sierra Railroad, said hello to Snoopy, had some chicken, ate more boysenberry products than is reasonable and capped off the day with a visit to the air conditioned bliss of the Charles Schulz Theater for an obligatory viewing of Snoopy’s Big Bow Wow on ice.

Have you been to Knott’s lately? If not here’s a brief rundown of often overlooked attractions that should not be missed.

  1. Calico Mine Train – The first and one of the best rides in the park. I love the House of Wax vibe of the thing.
  2. The Ice Show De Jour – Run, don’t walk! It’s Snoopy. He’s on ice. Need I say more?
  3. Timber Mountain Log Ride – The first log flume ride in the world! While not as steep as Disney’s rip-off, it is much much faster!
  4. Butterfield Stagecoach – Don’t Underestimate the simply joy of riding around the park in vintage style.
  5. Grand Sierra Railroad – While aimed at children it offers views of Silver Bullet you won’t find anywhere else.
  6. Jaguar! – More like an aerial tour of the park than a roller coaster. The queue is stifling but the coaster is a cool, breezy charmer.
  7. Mystery Lodge – This is the kind of attraction Knott’s doesn’t build anymore: Thoughtful, technically superior and genuinely magical. I’m still not exactly sure how they do it. Better see it now because I am sure Cedar Fair is just itching to tear it down and replace it with some vulgar behemoth steel and fiberglass beast.

So that’s the short list of some things you might have overlooked while waiting in line for the other thrill-a-minute-dangle-by-your-toes roller coasters on the menu at KBF. Mystery Lodge and the ice show are at the top on my list and I harp on just about everyone I know to check them out when they visit. Most (but not all) are glad they did.

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[Snoopy’s Big Bow Wow photo courtesy of my camera phone]

Before I go, I’d also like to take a moment to say that KBF has some of the better daytime entertainment available amongst the seven local theme parks. So if you see something on the entertainment schedule that looks interesting, stop in and check it out. While the shows may not have the star appeal of meeting a certain princess or a certain mouse, they do a better job of catering to adults as well as children (especially boys) when compared with KBF’s neighbors to the southeast.

What about you? Are you a Knott’s Berry Farm lover or are you a hater?

3 Comments so far

  1. Gina (oc_gina) on August 5th, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

    I don’t hate it or love it. It is just sort of there, I guess.

    There are certain promotions we take advantage of to get in practically free, so that is pretty much the only time we go.

    But, my son loves the stagecoach and the train, complete with fake holdups.


  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on August 6th, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    Gina, you took the words from my mouth. I don’t love it or hate it. Went recently with a friend for a company picnic. Good food, free beer! We rode Pony Express twice in a row, I like it!

    I still miss that racing coaster. I can’t remember the name, but 2 or 3 people sat in one car and 4 cars raced each other. it right across from the parachutes. Good times…..

    Oh and FUNNEL CAKE! :-D


  3. Jon (oc_jon) on August 6th, 2008 @ 9:36 am

    That "coaster" was The Soap Box Racers and it rocked my socks. For some reason that attraction resonated with a lot of people.

    Oh yeah, and funnel cakes (with boysenberry topping) is what its all about.



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