Saturday we were invited out to check out the opening day of Knott's Soak City and after years of trying to get to this waterpark we finally were able to visit. And what an amazing time to visit as the park has opened 7 all new slides this season.
We'll also head over to the other side of Beach Blvd to see what's going on at the farm.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Soak City. Look at the new hotness.
Surf's up dudes!!
A little rocking band at 9:00am
Since we'd never been to Soak City we wanted to make sure we took a look at the entire park during our visit.
All new Longboards Grill
Really nicely done
We had lunch later in the day and the Grilled Chicken Sandwich was very yummy
Opening the new expansion to Soak City!!
In addition to the new attractions they've done an amazing job adding new landscaping to the park
The ever popular launch slides
Stay Tuned, there MAY be some pictures of me on these slides to share soon. Well maybe beware. =)
The new raft slides and the launch slides are a LOT of fun. Not too intense for either one.
Another look at The Wedge
They've also got a couple of really awesome looking kids play area's
Don't try this without a waterproof camera ... =)
Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Soak City. It got really crowded later in the day as it was in the 90's in Buena Park. They have a LOT of nice area's to set up your blankets and towels for a nice day in the park, but we suggest getting there early.
We took a quick detour to Knott's
We were able to confirm that the Calico Soda is now available all year at both Judge Roy Beans and the Calico Saloon. It's amazing.
Boomerang is completely gone
The new BBQ restaurant is coming along nicely
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we'll be back in a few weeks for the kick-off of Ghost Town Alive. We can't wait!!
Today we've got an all new update from Knott's Berry Farm.
In the last couple of weeks they've closed Boomerang and removed quite a bit of track as well as opening up their all new flat ride Sol Spin.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Berry Farm where we're in the few short weeks between the Boysenberry Festival and Ghost Town Alive. The park was thriving on a warmer than usual Saturday.
The main reason for our short visit was to check out the all new Sol Spin.
Overall I think Sol Spin is a nice addition to Fiesta Village. It certainly fits the theme and brings a lot of nice kinetic energy to the area. I'm not big on flat rides that flip a lot (I've only ridden one Chaos and one Slingshot and that was enough for me) so I did enjoy the ride.
But I can definitely see how those of you who like more intense flat rides would think this is a bit short. The actual ride time is barely over a minute. Still, it's a fun addition to the park in advance of whatever big attraction they are going to be adding in 2018.
Speaking of that 2018 attraction, whatever it's going to be is most certainly going in the spot that occupied Boomerang. Hard to believe this ride just closed a week or so ago.
They've also started vertical construction on the new BBQ restaurant and it's going up really quick. Wonder if they can get this open before Ghost Town Alive starts?
The Cobra Roll is almost completely removed, and very well could be by the time this update is posted.
No vallying here. ;)
The towers are still there, for now.
This view will be quite different soon.
California Sports is also behind walls.
Whatever they are building they have a lot of room for whatever it is. Whether it's the full ride, just a station, we'll find out soon!!
Going to be weird but nice not seeing these towers behind the Calico Mine Ride.
Another angle from the Railroad.
Obviously at this point we don't know what the final fate will be for Boomerang but given the care they are taking in removing the ride it would make sense that it will end up at another Cedar Fair Park. Couple that with Cedar Fair recently purchasing one of the new Vekoma trains and that kind of fits with a Boomerang.
At this point our best guess would be Michigan's Adventure, but we'll see.
Xcelerator is closed while it get's an oil change.
You thought I was kidding, but nope, out with the old hydraulic fluid, in with the new.
Return of Shadowlands confirmed? ;)
Both trains are sitting on the break run while they work in the station and on the launch.
Maybe they need some car covers? ;)
That's going to wrap it up for this Knott's update. We'll be back in just a few weeks for Ghost Town Alive.
Last weekend was the kick-off of the 2017 Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm. The expanded event this year has a lot of new boysenberry treats to try out as well as a lot of returning favorites.
This event keeps getting better and better every year.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the 2017 Boysenberry Festival
Most of the great food is located in Ghost Town, which means lots more people enjoying the awesomeness that is Ghost Town than usual.
Catawampus won a blue ribbon!!
Let's look at some of the food.
One of the new treats this year is Boysenberry Pizza. We have to be honest, we weren't sure what to expect from this, but it was SO good. Lots of things on this that you wouldn't think would work but they all totally do. Not sure if we could eat an entire pizza, but a slice is great.
Boysenberry Fry Bread. Another unexpected treat. Not a huge fan of Nutella but this really was great. Be sure to grab a lot of napkins though.
Boysenberry Corn Dog. Think more of a pancake than corn dog. Just a subtle taste of boysenberry but very tasty.
Boysenberry Ravioli. One of those things that once again you wouldn't think works, but it really does. Again, not sure if we could eat a full plate of it, but a few is great.
While eating these we came up with a couple of ideas for next year:
Speaking of the Short Ribs. One of our favorites from last year is back and was great again.
Another of our favorites the Boysenberry Panna Cotta. So tasty.
And of course, what would the Boysenberry Festival be without the Fun Bun?
Snoopy's Boysenberry Jam-Boree!!
Spring has sprung!!
We also got to try out the new VR Showdown in Ghost Town and we all had a blast.
Great waiting area
At only $6 per game it's well worth it.
How about a look at Sol Spin which looks to be almost done.
Well played Knott's ... well played.
Knott's also installed some metal detectors last week. They look as good as they can, it's a part of our every day life now so we might as well get used to it.
Lastly, a look at the new slides at Soak City.
We'll be heading back to Knott's this weekend to try some more Boysenberry goodness so expect a report on more of the great food next week.