Knott's sent us a plethora of Knott's Scary Farm info today. Below you'll find EVERYTHING you need to know in order to have an amazing visit to Haunt this year from the mazes, scare zones and shows to hotel packages.
Are you ready for Haunt? See you in the fog!!
School is back in session for the fall semester and that can only mean one thing…the Knott’s Scary Farm monsters are almost ripe for the haunting.
This year’s Knott’s Scary Farm conjures up unprecedented experiences and show-stopping entertainment, including the debut of Special Ops: Infected, where guests fight zombies in an interactive six acre war, and the return of Elvira – Mistress of the Dark in an all-new stage show.
Hunt Zombies in an All-Out War
The Return of Elvira – Ring-Mistress of the Park
Industry First Haunted Season Pass
WHEN IS IT?
Knott’s Scary Farm Hours of Operation:
NEW MONSTERS ‘INFECT’ KNOTT’S SCARY FARM
Whatever You’re Imagining, It’s Here…Including An Interactive Zombie Hunt And The Return Of Elvira
Face Your Fears in Eleven Haunted Attractions
Three new terrifying attractions will debut this year, with more astounding special effects and richer back stories than ever. These new mazes complement the horrific line-up of seven returning haunted attractions. This year’s nightmares include:
Voodoo (new for 2014): Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes. Guests must choose their path from a number of foreboding choices, resulting in a different terrifying outcome with each journey into the swamp.
The Tooth Fairy (new for 2014): The joy of hiding a lost tooth under the pillow becomes a nightmare of pain and blood in this new maze that will leave teeth chattering. This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself. Say aahhh.
Trapped: Lock and Key (new for 2014): This year Trapped returns with more rooms, more intricate puzzles and a shocking finale more extreme than any experience ever presented at Knott’s Scary Farm. You become part of the terror and are forced to face your darkest fears, confront your inner terrors and descend into the madness of a maze with no way out. Trapped is not for the squeamish as the challenges are darker and more terrifying than any that have come before. (Additional fee and reservation required.)
Trick-or-Treat: Trick or treat, which will it be? Step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell. You can come away with a treat, but is it worth it? Featuring a high flying finale and new scares in the witch’s dining room, this fan favorite is back for its third year of fear.
Black Magic: The veil between the living and the dead is severed when Houdini’s ghost materializes during a séance and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes on his theatre. Back for its second year, Black Magic was one of the most popular mazes in its debut season last year. Guests will find new magic and even more monsters inside the ominous theater in 2014.
Forevermore: The twisted mind of Edgar Allen Poe comes alive as the “Forevermore Killer” works his way through one haunting tale after another. Back for its second killer season, Forevermore is one of the longest mazes ever created for Knott’s Scary Farm, and features richly detailed story lines and scenery.
The Gunslinger’s Grave: Return to the Old West and walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against a corrupt township. You may have visited Knott’s historic Ghost Town, but it’s not until you’ve followed the blood lusting gunslinger that you know the real dangers that lurk in the old west.
Dominion of the Damned: The Blood Queen’s reign has ended, but the seductive vampires continue to lure unsuspecting guests into this gothic lair of terror. Guests’ thirst for this bloody maze was unquenchable last season, and it returns with an unbelievable new finale.
Pinocchio Unstrung: Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters. Revenge comes with no strings attached.
The Witch’s Keep: Many years ago, The Green Witch uncovered a wicked source of power in the depths of the Calico Mine, and now she’s hell-bent on using this mysterious energy to capture and corrupt all who dare enter! With newly enhanced show scenes, lighting, and special effects, this not-too-scary mine train adventure is perfect Halloween fun.
The Hanging® - Everything is Gruesome!, a live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year's pop culture with killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody!
160 Acres of Scares
Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted attractions. Every night monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into murderous scare zones. From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm.
Ghost Town Streets is the original and still most terrifying scare zone that started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, and beware the notoriously startling sliders, who lunge from in every fog-filled corner of the land. Just beyond the streets of Ghost Town lies the mysterious outcropping known as Gypsy Camp, where fortune tellers prognosticate future terrors, and ravenous werewolves howl in the light of the moon.
Fiesta De Los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone with even more characters than last year. It’s the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Around the corner from Fiesta Village is the Boardwalk, where each night of Knott’s Scary Farm, clowns crave your undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone.
Between the twisted clowns, demented dentists and wretched puppeteers patrolling our park, it’s obvious to see our monsters don’t have their heads screwed on tight. However, this year marks the unexpected return of a legendary creature that doesn’t have a head at all, the Headless Horsemen! This Scary Farm season, we need guests to photograph the Headless Horseman and share the images with us via Twitter, tagging @Knotts with the hashtag #ScaryFarm and #HeadlessHorseman. Those who are brave enough to help track the Horseman can win prizes, including park passes.
More ways to scream at Knott’s Scary Farm
New for 2014, Knott’s debuts the Knott’s Scary Farm Pass, offering unlimited visits to all 24 event nights. Only a limited number of passes are now on-saleto current 2014 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders for $65 (plus applicable taxes and fees) exclusively online at knotts.com. On August 18, Knott’s Scary Farm Passes will be available for the general public to purchase online for $75 (plus applicable taxes and fees, while supplies last).
Single night tickets are $39 - $49 depending on the event night when purchased online (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets purchased at least 24 hours in advance at the theme park ticket booths are $49 for all nights, and day-of-event tickets purchased at the ticket booths are $65.
Fright Lane with Skeleton Key offers unlimited priority access to nine mazes and haunted attractions all night long. The Skeleton Key, which is included with all Fright Lane passes, “unlocks” a secret extra room inside of five mazes. Guests also receive a commemorative lanyard and collectible keychain. Fright Lane with Skeleton Key passes start at $65.00. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)
Combo Tickets, offering admission and Fright Lane with Skeleton Key are an especially great value, starting at $99 (plus applicable taxes and fees) – a savings of up to $31 off the ticket booth price.
Fast Lane offers unlimited front-of the line access to many of Knott’s world-class coasters for as little as $35.00 (when four or more are purchased). Fast Lane passes are valid during regular Knott’s Berry Farm operation and for Knott’s Scary Farm operation on the date of intended use. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)
Hotel Packages are available at the Knott’s Hotel for Scary Farm fans who wish to turn a night of thrills into a full-service weekend getaway. All packages are based on double occupancy and are subject to availability.
Call the Knott’s Hotel at (714) 995-1111 or (866) 752-2444 for reservations; reference the package names below:
Boo-fet dinner offers seatings at Chicken Dinner Restaurant and Spurs Chophouse and invites guests to feed the beast before Knott’s Scary Farm opens each night. Meals include a collectible 2014 souvenir cup, which includes unlimited complimentary refills on the event night and $0.99 refills for the rest of the 2014 season. After dinner, enjoy early entry into Knott's Scary Farm a few minutes before it opens to other mortals. Boo-fet dinner is $25.99 +tax when purchased online and $31.99 +tax when purchased at the door. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)
Knott’s Scary Farm parking is $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online (plus applicable taxes and fees) or at the parking booth upon arrival.
Knott’s Scary Farm has welcomed millions of visitors over the past 41 years and has become an institution in the Southern California theme park landscape. This year, the event returns September 25, 26, 27, October 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 & Nov. 1. Knott’s Scary Farm is open 7:00pm – 1:00am Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 7:00pm – 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays. With more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog – whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…
For more information on Knott’s Berry Farm, including admission, park hours and events, visit www.knotts.com/scaryfam or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the scary conversation by using #ScaryFarm on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram.
We were invited back out to Knott's on Saturday for the official grand opening of the Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy.
We originally thought Saturday's event was another "blogger" event but it turns out it was for the people who worked on the ride and their families. Knott's was kind enough to invite me out since I couldn't attend on Media Day.
Click the link if you missed our Media Day coverage.
Calico Mine Ride
We'll start off our report with a very detailed look at the exterior of the Mine Ride.
The new rock work goes all the way around the mine.
A look at one of the trains, beautifully renovated.
One of the trains going through the mine
Only open a few days, already some gold in the water.
The ride features new air gates, they don't interfere with capacity or themeing at all.
Looking down at Ghost Town from the mine
We got to ride with Bill Reyes, who re-created the fantastic music inside the mine. It was truly a treat to ride with him and his family as it was their first time through the mine.
Hopefully we'll have more from Bill soon. Stay Tuned!!!
My review of the updated Calico Mine Ride:
Truly amazing in every way. From the outside to the inside everything is fantastic. I was a bit worried about the new animated spiels, but they actually add to the ride and we were able to hear two of the three spiels. Looking forward to hearing the 3rd one on our next visit.
The new finale is simply fantastic and your family will absolutely love it.
The other new addition for 2014 are the Camp Snoopy enhancements for the 30th anniversary. This isn't just about the 3 new rides (although they are great) but the entire land has been redone and it looks amazing. Although my kids are no longer in the target Camp Snoopy age group, we had a great time exploring the land.
All of the walkways in Camp Snoopy have also been redone
Every single ride side in Camp Snoopy has a new hand-painted sign and they look great!!
Pig Pen's Mud Buggies ... we had a blast on this!!
Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer
We also took a ride on the updated Grand Sierra Railroad and we all loved it. The new spiel and Peanuts Characters really bring this ride back.
Loved this tribute ...
A look at some of the other great work that has been done in the area. There's lots to see.
Chuck just rockin' out.
I was tempted, but didn't want to be "that guy". =)
Really nice seating area. The new fresh fruit truck was added on Sunday (or we didn't see it on Saturday) and this looks like a really nice area to sit and have a snack.
Grizzly Creek Lodge also received an extensive remodel.
Lastly, the clock has been rehabbed. Looks great.
New Boardwalk Dark Ride?
During Media Day, Knott's President Raffi Kaprelyan mentioned that a new Interactive Dark Ride is going to be coming to the Boardwalk in 2015. Other than the Boardwalk Ballroom (which is used a lot during the year) the logical place to put the ride is in the former location of Kingdom of the Dinosaurs.
If the ride is going in this area and will have a Boardwalk theme would the Boardwalk area be extended to this area of the park?
We'll have to see what is announced in the next few months.
That's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed this look at the new Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy. If you have any comments please share them below!!
We were invited up to Knott's Berry Farm yesterday to get a look at the new offerings for the Summer of 2014. Included are the newly redesigned Calico Mine Ride, completely re-done Camp Snoopy, the summer ice show and more.
Special thanks to Matthew Nelson for covering the event, look for much more from Matt in the future. You can also check out Matt's Flickr page for more of his amazing pictures.
The 30 years of Camp Snoopy sign ... as well as a plethora of awesome coasters in the background.
The event kicked off in Camp Snoopy where the Peanuts Gang welcomed us to the all new land!!
Matt's review of the new Camp Snoopy:
Camp Snoopy has been rejuvenated beautifully- it feels a lot more like I remember it when I was 9 and it was shiny and new. Kids and parents were having a blast on the new rides, and in the new 'park' area for the littlest ones, there's a nice gazebo and benches to relax a bit.
It was amazing to see kids enjoying Camp Snoopy, much the way I did when it was new.
Let's take a look at the new Peanuts characters on the High Sierra RailRoad
We'll have lots more Camp Snoopy pictures for you soon, but in the meantime, here's a look at Linus' Launcher.
Next, we'll move on over to the Calico Mine Ride, which has received an extensive rehab similar to what the Timber Mountain Log Ride received last year.
This has long been my favorite non-coaster attraction at Knott's. Yes, even though the wonderful Timber Mountain Log Ride is right across the way, I've always loved going into the dark old Mine Ride. When the Log Ride was lovingly redone last year, it gave many of us great hope that the Mine Ride would get a similiar treatment. I was shocked this morning to see for myself, that it actually got an even better redo than the Log Ride. THere's now a recorded spiel for the ride, actually a few different ones so there is some variety in that regard, and while I'm sure some purists will be upset at that, it allows the ride to have several miners in the ride speak up to the riders. The whole mine is just so alive now!
The Mine Ride opening ceremony
Let's move inside the mine shall we ...
As you can see, the ride looks more vibrant than ever.
Inside the Glory Hole
The outside portion of the ride before the grand finale'.
We hope to have some pictures and video of the finale' soon.
Knott's also has a couple of shows for you to enjoy this summer. First up is Boomtown which is kind of a western Cirque show.
Oooh La La ...
And lastly, what would a summer be like without the Snoopy Ice Show?
That's going to wrap it up for our Media Day coverage. We'll have MUCH more for you in the days ahead as we're headed back to Knott's tomorrow for the "official" re-opening of the Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy.
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Photo's by Matthew Nelson
Words by Gregg Condon
Longboards, woodies and classic surf music are the order of the day as Knott’s Soak City opens for the 2014 season this Saturday, May 17. Knott’s 13-acre City has a decidedly Southern California theme inspired by beach and surf towns of the 1950s Orange and Los Angeles County coast.
Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute to Orange and Los Angeles County’s rich surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. Fun facts about the water park include:
KNOTT’S SOAK CITY WATER PARK INVITES GUESTS TO SOAK UP THE FUN
Knott’s Soak City Opens For The 2014 Season On Saturday, May 17
BUENA PARK, Calif. (May 2014) – Summer fun is just around the corner at the 13-acre water wonder world, Knott’s Soak City. Adjacent to the world-famous Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park, the water park will open for the season May 17 through September 14.
Soak City is Southern California’s prominent water park with a theme inspired by beach and surf towns of the 1950’s Orange and Los Angeles County coast. Water slides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute to the area’s rich surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. And like those at Knott’s Theme Park, the rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City are truly world-class.
Pacific Spin is Soak City’s most action-packed water adventure to date, carrying 700 passengers per hour at a maximum speed of 35 feet per second! This thrilling multi-person raft ride includes a 132-foot long tunnel that drops its riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel. After pitching riders back and forth through 5,500 gallons of swirling water, the ride culminates in a waterfall splash. If you have the need for more speed, brave the waves from high atop Old Man Falls or race your friends as you go headfirst on a mat down the multi-lane speed slides of Banzai Falls. If you care to slow it down, the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool is one of the world’s largest. In addition, the park’s 1,700-foot.-long (1/3 mile), figure-eight Sunset River is the widest and one of the longest water park lazy rivers anywhere!
Time to relax? With 35 semi-private cabanas available for rent by the day, guests can have it made in the shade. Soak City cabanas are furnished with lounge chairs and your own semi-private dining area; complete with waiter service and free inner-tube rentals. For cabana reservations visit soakcityoc.com or call (714) 761-6268.
New for the 2014 season, Season Passholders can start their day off with a complimentary yoga class every Friday and Saturday morning from 8:45-9:45am. A certified yoga instructor will lead invigorating classes on the grass near the newly painted Gremmie Lagoon. Additionally, every Friday and Saturday June 27 - August 9, all 2014 Knott’s Soak City, Gold and Platinum Season Passholders can enter the water park an hour and half before it opens to the general public with exclusive early entry starting at 8:30 a.m.
Knott’s Soak City Orange County also owns the distinction of being one of the safest water parks in the United States. For the twelfth consecutive year the lifeguard staff of Soak City Orange County has been awarded the Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award for consistently exceeding the criteria for aquatic safety. This award is granted only to facilities scoring in the top 8 percent of the audit criteria as established by Jeff Ellis & Associates, a leader in aquatic safety consulting for water parks worldwide. Soak City Orange County was also awarded the Decade of Aquatic Safety Excellence Award at the 2013 IASS Training in Arizona.
This commitment to both safety and family fun continues for the 2014 season. Soak City Water Park officially opens May 17, and then continues operation daily May 24 through September 1, 2014. Operation will continue weekends only September 6 through 14, 2014. Regular admission is just $36 and $26 for juniors (ages 3-11) and seniors (62 and over) and includes unlimited use of all water park rides and attractions. Kids under 3 years old are always free!
Also providing value is a Knott’s Soak City Season Pass valid every day of the 2014 operating season. Season Pass prices passes are currently $66 or 6 payments of $11; prices go up May 26th. Guests can maximize their summertime fun by upgrading to a Gold Season Pass and ride and slide at both the Knott’s theme park and Soak City every day of the 2014 season.
During the summer, Knott’s Soak City Water Park will also offer its guests the opportunity to purchase an All Day Dining Plan. The Plan can be purchased online while guests plan their fun-filled day at soakcityoc.com, or it can be purchased in-park on the day of their visit for just $29.99+tax and applicable fees. Every 90 minutes guests can dine again and enjoy a wide variety of entrées at Soak City’s Long Board Grill.
Single Meal Deals, available exclusively online for just $13.99+tax and applicable fees, offer the convenience of pre-purchased vouchers redeemable for a variety of combo meals at the lowest available price. Upon arrival at Knott’s Soak City, guests can redeem their Single Meal Deal vouchers for various appetizing meals at Long Board’s Grill that include an entrée, a side and a 20 oz. fountain drink.
Families can also take advantage of Knott’s affordable vacation packages. The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, just steps away from the theme park, offers many family vacation options including theme park and water park tickets. Vacation package information is located at www.knottshotel.com or guests can call Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel Reservations at (866) 752-2444.
Operating hours vary and are subject to change as are prices, promotions and attraction availability. For information on the day that you plan to visit, please call (714) 220-5200 or visit us online at www.soakcityoc.com. Join the conversation by using #SoakCityOC.
Knott's sent us the following press-release about a new dining plan they have for both the theme park and Knott's Soak City. Looks to be a pretty good deal considering you can get a meal every 90 minutes. We'll have to check it out soon!!
Knott's Berry Farm will now offer its guests a new way to customize their stress free visit to the Park while enjoying valuable savings, with the introduction of two new dining options: the All Day Dining Plan and Single Meal Deals. During the summer, Knott’s Soak City Water Park will also offer its guests the opportunity to purchase the All Day Dining Plan and Single Meal Deals.
Both options serve up inventive and convenient ways for guests to savor the variety of entrees at dining locations throughout the theme park.
All Day Dining Plan
Single Meal Deals
The press release is below:
NOTT’S BERRY FARM OFFERS UNIQUE NEW DINING OPTIONS FOR GUESTS
Guests Pay Once and Dine All Day at the Park Famous for its Food
BUENA PARK, CA (May 2014) Knott’s Berry Farm offers its guests a new way to customize visits to the theme park while enjoying valuable savings with the introduction of two new dining options: the All Day Dining Plan and Single Meal Deals. Both options serve up inventive and convenient ways for guests to savor the variety of entrees at dining locations throughout the theme park.
The All Day Dining Plan can be purchased online while guests plan their fun-filled day atknotts.com. For just $29.99+tax and applicable fees, guests can enjoy a wide variety of entrées, including mouth-watering pizza, flavorful tacos, and juicy burgers. Every 90 minutes, guests can dine again and select from one of 20 combinations at any of the six participating dining locations throughout the park.
Single Meal Deals, available exclusively online for just $13.99+tax and applicable fees, offer the convenience of pre-purchased vouchers redeemable for a variety of combo meals at the lowest available price. Upon arrival at Knott’s Berry Farm, guests can redeem their Single Meal Deal vouchers for one of nearly two dozen meals that include an entrée, a side and a 20 oz. fountain drink. Single Meal Deals are available at six dining locations throughout the park, including Sutter’s in historic Ghost Town and Coasters in the new Boardwalk area. Knott’s Soak City Water Park guests can enjoy the new dining plans at Long Board’s Grill, summer long.
These convenient additions make the Knott’s Berry Farm dining experience more fun and affordable than ever. In 1920, delicious boysenberry recipes made the Farm famous, and that same commitment to outstanding culinary quality and superior guest service is why guests from all over the world return to Knott’s again and again.
For information about Knott's Berry Farm, and a complete list of All Day Dining and Single Meal Deal entrees and locations, visit www.knotts.com. (Locations and entrees are subject to change.)