During our visit to the Boysenberry Festival we of course had to take a look at the progress of HangTime.
As you should know by now, the track has been completed and testing has begun (sadly not during our visit).
As you can see from the pics below, progress is now being made on the station, store and queue!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Soon to be the home for all your HangTime needs
If you'll look closely, some of the windows already have glass
The station is coming along nicely
All new mural which will look great with the ride in action
So many twists and turns
Some landscaping should be starting very soon
This was also our first visit since the Sky Cabin reopened so we of course had to get some aerial shots
Switchbacks right in the middle of all the action
And in another bit of awesome news, Xcelerator was testing but sadly never opened while we were at the park. If it hasn't reopened already, it's most likely coming very soon.
Over the weekend we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm to check out this years Boysenberry Festival.
This is one of our favorite events of the year at any park and this year was definitely not a disappointment. Great food, amazing park.
Let's get to the good stuff shall we!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Knott's Boysenberry Festival!!
If you'd like to take some of the event home you can get your own Boysenberry Plant!!
But we're just here for the food. =)
Our first of the day, Pierogis and Short Ribs. Both were absolutely amazing of course. I'm also not a big "Sour Cream" person, but Boysenberry Sour Cream? I'm all over it!!
We also had to try the Coconut Macaroon, it was delightful and we still have one left. Guess what I'm eating after I finish this update. (Hey, I had a good workout today) =)
Some of the booths are inside, some like the Chicken Wings are outside.
Let's check out some of the amazing springtime decorations!!
Where's the fog? =)
Some amazing artwork was on display in Wilderness Dance Hall
Look closely at the Timber Mountain Log Ride one =)
Love the Huff and Puff ... still want a grown up version of this classic ride
Let's eat some more food shall we!!
Boysenberry Sausage ... this was quite simply my favorite thing we ate all day
Boysenberry Quesadilla and Boysenberry Cornbread. You can get the Cornbread at the Boardwalk BBQ.
Elote ... fantástico
The Boysenberry Hummus had a surprising kick to it, but it was yummy
Not usually a fan of Boba, but loved this.
Here's what's on the Tasting Card this year.
You have 8 items to try, but it's not one for each item. You could get 8 of the same thing if you want this year. A nice change that allows you to revisit some favorites later in the day. And that's what we did. We tried everything once, and then had our favorites again later.
Also, keep an eye on the a 'la carte prices, as the Macaroon is only $1.59 whereas most of the other items are $7-$8.
Sadly we forgot to go back and get some of this later in the day
A look at the plethora of Boysenberry Merchandise
We had an amazing time as always, the park was busy, but didn't seem too bad to move around and get food. All of the lines moved very quickly and we had a fantastic time.
Be sure to check out the Boysenberry Festival until April 9 . Click the link for full details.
We'll be back tomorrow with a full HangTime update!!
This past Tuesday Knott's Berry Farm held their Boysenberry Festival tasting event and we were invited out to check out the event.
Scott and Buffy were on hand to take in all of the amazing boysenberry goodness.
Be sure you bring your appetite for this update.
Written by Scott and Buffy Linder
One of the most anticipated events of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm is their annual Boysenberry Festival. If you like good food or boysenberries (or good food AND boysenberries) then this year’s festival will NOT disappoint. Let us look at what you will be able to get during this upcoming 23-day food fest:
One of the things they like to highlight is all of the new Boysenberry-themed merchandise you can get. Some new stuff this year – Boysenberry Bacon jerky, sugar-free Boysenberry Punch concentrate, Boysenberry Jelly Mini-pies and more!
Regular and Sugar-Free Boysenberry Punch concentrate!
Boysenberry Rock Candy Sticks, with Boysenberry Cream Soda on the left and Boysenberry Chocolate Bars on the right.
Boysenberry Bark Bars!
Boysenberry Chocolate Popcorn.
Boysenberry Chocolate Almonds and Caramel Bites.
Some Boysenberry (You sense a theme here?) Jelly Mini-Pies.
Boysenberry Peanut Butter Jelly Cups.
And that’s not including some T-shirts and Boysenberry Cotton Candy you can get during the Festival as well. Now, for some fantastic food! They really run the gamut here from a Boysenberry Hummus to a Boysenberry Quesadilla. I will be quiet now and just let you enjoy the food pics!
Boysenberry Hummus and Grilled Pita
Boysenberry Quesadilla with Mozzarella, Cotija Cheese, Boysenberry Salsa and Sour Cream
Boysenberry Cheddar Cheese Pierogi topped with Bacon, Onions and Boysenberry Sour Cream
Wine Tasting Plate
Boysenberry Elote with Boysenberry Mayo, Butter and Parmesan Cheese
Boysenberry Chicken Wings with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
Boysenberry Short Ribs
Boysenberry Mini Sausage on a Bun
Yes. That is a real 2-foot long hot dog on a boysenberry bun.
Their famous Boysenberry Funnel Cake
Boysenberry Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
Editors Note: OMG, can't wait to try these on the 18th
Their signature Boysenberry Pies
Boysenberry Stuffed Churro
In addition to those there were also their Boysenberry Cheesecake Popsicles, dipped in a Boysenberry Chocolate fountain (Those were fantastic!), a Boysenberry Pie Milkshake and a Boysenberry Boba Tea.
Let’s not forget they have a pretty good Boysenberry Beer, too!
We were able to try most of the dishes shown above. Everything was very good. That is not even an exaggeration. The chefs at Knott’s are getting very good using Boysenberries in both sweet and savory applications. A lot of the savory dishes you try you might expect a sweet component to the dish with the incorporation of the boysenberries…but you don’t.
So what were some of our favorites? According to the chefs here they really do try to make it so everything is really good and it’s hard to pick favorites. It really is! That said the standouts for me were the Boysenberry Short Rib – falling apart and just melt-in-your-mouth delicious …
…and the Boysenberry Mini Sausage on a Bun with a choice of Boysenberry Ketchup, Boysenberry Relish or Boysenberry Mustard. I had the mustard.
My wife, however, loved the Boysenberry BBQ Wings. These are a returning champion as they keep coming back every year. They are THAT good!
This year Knott’s is also including a small art festival titled “Tied Up In Knott’s” where select local artists are having their works showcased. It’s some really neat art and you should check it out when you visit!
Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival 2018 runs from March 16th to April 8th.
Click here for more details on the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2018
Thanks to Scott and Buffy for the amazing report. We hope you all enjoyed!!
Hey there, Park Journey Readers!
This week, we had a wonderful time touring California's Great America courtesy of our friends at ACE NorCal. There is a ton of work being done at the park right now, including the construction of the highly anticipated Railblazer and land clearing for yet-to-be-announced future attractions.
Come with us as we check out the coasters, construction, and new offerings coming to California's Great America for the 2018 season.
Written by Andrew Cunningham
We began the morning with a walk-back into Patriot's ride area. The blue pain still looks fresh and vibrant, adding great color and brightness to the surrounding midways. We spent much of the day being ushered back and forth through Patriot's service road since Hometown Square is undergoing a massive repaving project.
Now, we know you may have come here for Ralblazer photos, but we came for some food!
The park is debuting a new funnel cake and churro location in the French Quarter, complete with some wild flavors. I really enjoyed the "strawberry shortcake" funnel cake and "hot chocolate" churro.
And yes, that is a pulled pork funnel cake you see there. It actually worked really well, as the sweetness of the funnel cake and barbecue sauce paired nicely with the saltiness of the pork.
Next up, we took a peak back in the coaster shop, where the park performs maintenance on the various trains that run on their rides.
The shop was really fun, as it is decorated with signage from some of Great America's past attractions.
Oh, and there may be some new trains parked in here...
Alright perverts, we know what you came here for. Despite the Florida Legislature recently declaring pornography to be a public health risk, we know our audience, and we're here to deliver for you.
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Did you know that Great America has a secret apartment in the middle of Orleans Square? A remnant of the park's original days as Marriott's Great America, The Consulate is a vacant apartment that is being revived as a private event space for the 2018 season.
Did you know that the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be held at Levi's Stadium (in Great America's parking lot)?
The park was kind enough to put together a concept board for how they will be remodeling the apartment in time for my inevitable Clemson tailgate. Thanks Great America, I appreciate you!
Moving back out to the park, there is still work being done on the removal of Logger's Run and the looping starship. While we are really sad to see the flume leave, these removals open up a ton of space for new additions.
Speaking of new space opening up, we were also informed that 2018 will be the final season for the go-kart track
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the park, the map above shows all the space that will be wide open by the end of 2018.
I'm thinking maybe a waterpark expansion for 2019 and a hyper coaster for 2020?
To wrap things up, we have your daily dose of Railblazer construction. The ride is coming together quickly, with the rockwork and theming being the main focus at the moment.
I can't wait to come back and ride it soon! Hopefully we'll sneak in another construction update or two before the ride opens.
Thank you for reading, and thank you to ACE NorCal and California's Great America for putting together such a fun tour!
We hope you enjoyed yesterday's Knott's Peanuts Celebration update, be sure to check it out if you haven't yet.
Today we've got something for the thrill seekers as we're back for another look at HangTime which had it's track completed last week.
Written by Gregg Condon
The park is celebrating the completion of track for HangTime ... or that other thing. =)
The track is completed, and other than the station and lift hill there isn't a straight piece of track on this entire ride!!
Wish the Sky Cabin was open right about now. =)
A peek behind the wall. You can see they are starting work on the station.
This ride is going to be so photogenic.
Really can't wait for this to open
Another peek behind the wall, not as much to see in this one.
One last look. This would be a really great spot for pics if it weren't for the games.
Thanks for checking out our update, we hope you enjoyed.
We should start seeing more ground work done in the next few weeks. Trains don't appear to be onsite yet so don't expect testing to begin in the next week or two.