Last weekend we were invited out to the Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival to take in the festivities and of course the food.
The event is growing each year and is definitely popular. We of course had an amazing time, but we also do have a few things we'd like to see updated since the event is growing so much, things to alleviate some of the growing pains.
Written by Gregg Condon
I think this is the right place
Let's get to eating!!
Our first stop was for a waffle and chips with ice cream. You know, for Breakfast. Both were good, although the Waffle needed something, and that something is the ice cream. We got the chips later in the day and they were just as good.
Both are found at the Ghost Town Bakery.
Three things we got to try at the tasting preview, and they were just as good, if not better than they were then.
All Three are available at Wagon Wheel Pizza across from Ghostrider.
Something that we didn't know was coming, and isn't on your tasting card, but is delicious, found in Spurs Chop House.
They are made to order, which is nice. I will say though, if we got this again we'd get it without the Hummus. I think that's part of the Shawarma, but I think we would have preferred a bit less of it.
After eating all that food, it was time to take in some of the sights.
Spring has sprung
The merch game was on point
Definitely my philosophy
Cannot recommend the Boysenberry Cobbler enough. It's super easy and super good.
Yo, Yo, Yo ... that's my jam
Our faces all day
You can smell the boysenberries as you approach, so if you want to smell like boysenberries after a bath, get all this stuff.
And then of course, wrap yourself in your boysenberry towel
The wine and Beer tasting was back, although we have to say the "pours" you'd get with the tasting card were very inconsistent. By the end of the day you'd pretty much get a "shot" of Boysenberry beer.
The chili was a hit in our group (Outside Wilderness Dance Hall)
As was the sausage (also found Outside Wilderness Dance Hall)
It's not very often you could spend all day at a theme park, only ride 2 rides and feel like you had a full day, but you can at the Boysenberry Festival
Green Frog, Blue Frog, Green Frog ...
We didn't catch the Jam-Boree, but I'm sure it's great for those who are into that kind of thing
BOBA!!! (Starbucks inside the park)
Let's get back to the food, skirt steak skewer (also towards the front of the park)
Chicken Wings (by Ghostrider)
Chicken Skewer (Indian Trails)
Pulled Pork Fries (Calico Fry Co)
This brings us to one of the things we'd like to see changed. All of the food we just shared above other than the Chili, Boba and Sausage was at the very front of the park, mostly along the path to Ghostrider. That's a lot of food in a very small area, and an area with not a lot of seating (although you could sit in Spurs Chop House, which was nice).
We'd really like to see them spread this out to the rest of the park. 95% of everything was in Ghost Town. Things like the Tostada could have easily been put in Fiesta Village to give the festival more room to spread out among the park. It also would have helped with seating and food lines.
Just a suggestion.
We also heard from some others that food locations and the Dance Hall closed early on Sunday. The park was PACKED. Not sure if that's a scheduling issue or what, but hopefully that's something they address.
Alright, we have a bit of a Rapids Construction update below, but before we get to that, we also have our top 5 food items to share:
Let's take a look at the Rapids construction, there are finally a few walls up
Not a whole lot of visible work in this area
They are definitely doing some work in the queue
Alrighty, that's gonna wrap it up. We will probably head back to the park for more Boysenberry food at least once more during the Boysenberry Festival, probably in a few weeks. Be sure you head out to the park to check it out. You won't be disappointed.
More details about the Boysenberry Festival can be found here.
Last weekend we were invited out for the second year of the Knott's Peanut's Celebration.
In it's second year there are more shows, more treats and more fun around every corner.
Let's check it out!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Peanut's Celebration!!
Some pretty amazing photo ops at the front of the park
There are a couple of things Knott's has been stepping up the past few years, one of them is the Merchandise.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge "theme park shirt" person (other than Halloween stuff), but I really love some of this merch.
The other thing they've stepped up the last few years is the food. Let's take a look at some of the great treats for the Peanut's Celebration.
Lots of fun with the Peanut's Characters all over the park
Pig Pen is back!!
Another of the new things this year is the Woodstock's Birds-Eye View. Check out a POV!!
Love all of these great signs around Camp Snoopy
It's somebody's birthday, or a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (the best Charlie Brown special, don't @ us)
So we'll be the first to admit, most of the shows at Peanut's Celebration aren't really made for us, but we thought this show was pretty fun.
Some video of the show and highlights of the entire Celebration
We of course had to take a couple of minutes to check out the progress on the rapids
Flags in the ground, Hyper confirmed!! (some people on Twitter didn't get the joke)
Last year the Sketch School had Peanut's specials showing between Show Times, but sadly not this year.
We also managed to get a new POV of the Calico Mine Ride since we had the cart almost to ourselves. One of the best rides at the park, or anywhere for that matter.
Thanks Knott's for having us out, we had an absolute blast as always.
Knott's Peanut's Celebration runs through March 10th. Check out all of the info about the event here!
Today we have our update from the always amazing "Knott's Merry Farm". This year the event is back and better than ever with a plethora of amazing shows, the always amazing food and of course everything else that makes Knott's Berry Farm one of the best theme parks in the country.
Unfortunately on the day we visited it was a bit rainy so we opted to not ruin the DSLR so these are all iPhone pics, but we will be back soon and will get more pictures and see more of the shows.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Merry Farm!!
The tree looks great in it's new location where the stage used to be.
It was my daughters boyfriends first visit to Knott's (yes, ever) so we had to have some fun with Sad Eye Joe, who was pretty surprised it was his first visit too.
Which obviously meant experiencing some of the classic Knott's attractions (shucks). ;)
Christmas on the Calico Railroad is always fun
Love the cold rainy weather
We also had to check out Santa, who was on a break the first time we stopped by. You can get lots of yummy snacks too that were left behind by those Red Barn folks. ;)
Brief interlude for a construction update
Ooooooh ... Aaaaaaah ... New Boardwalk BBQ coming in 2017.
No trip to Knott's Merry Farm is complete without seeing "Merry Christmas, Snoopy" ... On Ice.
Feel free to check out the slide show from this amazing performance. It gets better every year.
Unfortunately due to the rain "It's the Merriest Christmas Charlie Brown" wasn't showing that night. We'll be back soon to check it out.
Rain at Knott's means that pretty much every ride was shut down, but it was awesome just walking around and enjoying the park. Would have made for some nice DSLR pics if I wanted to get it wet. ;)
We checked out the caves in Camp Snoopy, I remember them being bigger. ;)
Back in Ghost Town, all the lights are on. (we sadly missed the snow too)
SANTA!! I KNOW HIM!!
Love the tree, it really fits in this spot.
Thanks to Knott's for having us out for Merry Farm, we will be back at some point over the next two weekends for more holiday fun, more shows, better pics, and obviously more food.
For more info on Knott's Merry Farm click here.
This past Saturday we headed down to Orange County for a BBQ with some friends so we figured we'd take a few hours and brave the crowds at Knott's for some July 4th fun.
Arriving at the park at 9:30 for Season Pass early entry we expected the worst, but we actually were able to do quite a bit in our few hours at the park.
There's not really much in the way of "updates" at the park, other than new Boysenberry Plants under Silver Bullet.
Speaking of Silver Bullet, they were having some issues with it but we still managed to get 2 rides on it. One during the early entry and one right when it reopened as we were exiting the Ghost Town and Calico Railroad (we got lucky).
We rode in the front row for the first time in awhile and it sure is a lot of fun.
We also did get a panoramic picture with our phone in the station, I like the way it came out, but see if you can spot the errors. They are kind of funny. (Click to enlarge)
So between about 9:45 and 11:00am we rode Silver Bullet, Montezooma's Revenge, La Revolucion, Xcelerator, Coast Rider, Timber Mountain Log Ride, Surfside Gliders and Montezooma's Revenge again. =)
The crowds were definitely light during the morning, something that most likely didn't continue into the afternoon and evening.
We had an early lunch on the patio of the Ghost Town Grill, definitely one of the best spots in the park to people watch both the public and the citizens of Ghost Town.
We of course had to say hi to one of our favorite citizens of Ghost Town.
Ended our day with a boysenberry stuffed churro. It was amazing.
We hope you enjoyed this mini update, not much going on at the park right now in the way of actual "updates", just lots and lots of summer fun.
Haunt stuff should start being revealed soon. Yay!!
It's been awhile since we've taken a look at "Non-Haunt" Knott's Berry Farm so we stopped by to take a look at preparations for the annual Merry Farm event as well as to look at offseason work being done and progress on the new dark ride.
If you missed all of the info on this years Merry Farm event, click the link.
Knott's Merry Farm
It seems that haunt just ended, in fact it had ended a mere 5 days prior to our visit, but the park was already in full swing getting ready for Christmas.
For the most part it seemed much of the work is simple decorations like wreaths, but I'm sure there are even more decorations on the way prior to Merry Farm opening on November 22.
As far as Ghost Town is concerned, simple is the way to go.
No more hanging. =(
Ain't she purty?
Even Panda Express is getting decorations. This is still the one food location in Ghost Town that sticks out. Would be a much better fit in the Boardwalk IMO. But the food here is actually decent.
No trip to Knott's is complete without a ride on the Timber Mountain Log Ride.
The Bird Cage Theatre is getting decked out and will once again host the Gift of the Magi.
As of this report we still don't know what the new attraction is going to be, only that Cedar Fair and Triotech will be announcing something next Tuesday at IAAPA. So we'll be sure to be on the lookout for that.
Still not a whole lot of visible work going on, but they are definitely working on the inside.
Some holes in the side of the building, you could hear them hammering away inside
Hoping that the Roaring 20's sign still being here is a good sign that it's not going anywhere.
I know we are lucky here in Southern California that we don't really get an "off-season" when it comes to theme parks, still, this is the time of year when parks will rehab trains and rides to get them ready for next years busy time.
Montezooma's Revenge is closed. This is still my favorite coaster in the park and it's great to see Knott's giving this classic the love and care it deserves. It's a dying breed but I love that the park has committed to keeping the ride and keeping it running great.
La Revolucion is still closed but the refurb they've been doing on this looks great. It appears to be very close to reopening.
The new gardens look very nice and I sat here for awhile buying Season Passes for the rest of the family since it was the last day of the sale. Isn't technology awesome? =)
Xcelerator was running 1 train. Seriously, when is the last time this actually ran 2 trains? It's been years since I've seen 2 trains running on it.
There have been a LOT of rumors going around regarding Xcelerator and it moving to another park. While I love this ride (it's in my top 20) I don't think I'd be heartbroken if it got moved.
Just depends on what would end up in this spot. Maybe a modern re-make of the Soap Box Racers? I don't think any Knott's fan would be mad at that.
Not really a refurb, but Black Magic is still standing, as were quite a few of the other Haunt mazes. I saw Daniel Miller walking around and was going to ask him if I could go through. But he seemed busy. =)
Riptide is closed again. It went through a pretty major rehab, opened for a bit and then closed again.
Pony Express is running 1 train
Some work is going on near the Schoolhouse. Not sure what, but they are building "something".
Ghostrider is also running 1 train. I took a ride and it was probably the best ride I've had on Ghostrider in 5 or 6 years. It's still not "1998 Ghostrider", but it's probably the best woodie in Southern California at this point.
New Sandwich Shop
Lastly, with very little fanfare, the popular Pink's hot dogs was replaced with an all new sandwich shop. While I really do like Pink's, it's hard to argue with the results of the new shop, I was very impressed.
It actually does fit the market place quite a bit better than Pink's did.
A look at the menu, it all sounds good.
It was rather warm so I opted for a cold sub, The Boardwalk Sub. It was very good and very filling. While the prices may seem high, with the Cedar Fair Platinum discount my sandwich was around $7. Pretty good for "theme park" prices. And even without chips or a side, it was enough to fill me up.
That's going to wrap it up for today's update, we'll have another Knott's update in a couple of weeks when Merry Farm kicks off. We are trying to finalize our Holiday schedule now, it seems there are as many events for Christmas as there was for Halloween. Which is great!!