This past weekend we found ourselves back in a very familiar place, Knott's Berry Farm. It was opening weekend for their all new Taste of Boysenberry Festival, and it was so amazing to be back.
If you've been following us for awhile you'll know that we really haven't been up to much over the past year, for obvious reasons. But we're so glad you've all stuck with us now that we feel semi-comfortable being out in the world again.
We hope you're ready for some gratuitous food pics, because they're coming right at ya. And we'll end with the top 5 food items we tried!
Written by Gregg Condon
Pics by Gregg, Hillary Starbright and Kristi Condon
Hi Knott's! It's so good to be back! We're ready for all the Boysenberry stuff!
Our first stop was of course for some Boysenberry Dippin Dots, and they were amazing!
Backstory on the shirt, my sister got me this shirt and gave it to me when we picked her up for this event, and I just had to wear it! Got so many comments on it throughout the day.
Ready for some food pics? You've been warned!!
Back to the food!
As promised, our top 5!
The Knott's Taste of Boysenberry Festival runs through May 2nd.
You can find all of the details about the event here.
Happy Wednesday Afternoon Everybody!! We don't usually like to do two updates in the same day, but we've got something SUPER SPECIAL for tomorrow morning, that you're definitely not going to want to miss.
On my way home from Disneyland last Saturday I had to stop and get the Chicken Pin. Because, well, look at it (below). So of course I headed into the park to do a lap.
Written by Gregg Condon
All Hail Chicken Boo!!
It was the second to last day of the Peanut's Festival. We're now in Diet Knott's until the Boysenberry Festival.
Just love Knott's at night
So ready for this!! Get in mah' belly!!
Work Continues on the all new Bear'y Tales
The walls extend pretty far out
Told ya it was going to be a quick update!! We'll be at Knott's for the opening of the Boysenberry Festival!
This past Friday it was time for our first Holiday event of 2019, Knott's Merry Farm.
After a 3 1/2 hour drive (gotta love weeknight traffic in SoCal) we made it to the park and were ready to have a merry time.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Merry Farm
The projection also snows
Our first stop was the ice show as there was only 1 showing for the rest of the evening when we arrived.
This is always a favorite.
Shockingly enough, we actually got some decent pics of the show.
We've put them in a slideshow below. Sadly no video was allowed at the show.
No more pumpkin, but lots of pretty lights on the fountain.
Absolutely love this tree above the surf shop
As well as the big bulbs at coasters
All of the ride entries got huge wreaths. And because the park was not busy at all, we literally walked on every ride we wanted to.
Oddly, we found the decorations in Camp Snoopy to be rather minimal
Ghost Town is always one of our favorite places during Merry Farm. The Crafts fair is always fun.
And of course the ever-popular Snow and Glow is back.
If you like the smell of cookies, well, this is the place!!
Also home to the cookie shots, which are seriously amazing.
Forget that other Yoda, it's all about Wooden Yoda.
During our media reception, we got to take a look at some of the amazing food and merchandise available.
One of the new shows this year for Knott's Merry Farm is "Home for the Holidays".
It's a great holiday sing-along that features all the singers at the farm.
Literally all of them. =)
Alright everybody, that wraps it up for our coverage of the opening weekend of Knott's Merry Farm. We will most definitely be back.
You can find out more information about Knott's Merry Farm here.
Yesterday we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm for the Calico River Rapids Media Night. The latest "plussed" ride at Knott's definitely does not disappoint. And just like they did with the Mine Train, Log Ride and Peanut's Train, they've kicked up the rapids ride to the next level.
Let's head in and have some fun!!
Written by Gregg Condon
As we usually do when there is an evening media night at Knott's, I took a half-day of work so we could at least beat "some" of the traffic down. And of course, have some fun in the park.
While we were trying to figure out what to have for a late lunch, we headed over to the ride to get some daytime pics (we ended up having a fabulous meal at Boardwalk BBQ).
The ride looks amazing!!
Hi Walter The Salmon!!! (there is a story here, but that comes later)
More on these later as well. =)
After a quick lunch we decided to ride a few things since the park was pretty empty.
We took a LOT of video during the day, the first was a slo-mo of HangTime. Because why the heck not.
Hadn't done the Dragon Swing in a LOT of years, so decided to give it a spin. Great ride.
The stage is set for the opening of the ride!!
Before you even get to the ride, the queue is simply spectacular. So much to see.
There were some questions about the height requirement, so here you go. 46". Not sure if this is the same as Bigfoot Rapids. Can anybody confirm?
We did a walk-through of the queue of course.
The detail is amazing, and the smell of fresh wood is everywhere.
Hey little guy!!
Remember the old switchbacks from Bigfoot Rapids?
Well, this is them now.
The cabin looks amazing
So much detail to take in
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck ... oh, woodpecker!! =)
For when you need to take a nap (totally don't take a nap here)
Even the ride loading area got some love
Armed and ready to go for our POV's!!
The ride is seriously so much fun. I think it's evident by our video that it is. We've never been one for ultra super duper 5000k versions of videos, it's just not us. But we've always liked to show just how fun stuff is. And as you can see from the video, with each subsequent ride, we got a bit sillier.
So the story behind Walter the Fish.
The Citizens of Calico were out and about the entire night, showing off their new adventure and having fun with the media. Note, can't wait to see the interactions in this area for Ghost Town Alive.
One of the interactive parts is exploding of "dynamite" (as you'll see in the video below).
In talking to one of the citizens, they asked if we lost anybody on our voyage. And we of course said yes. Gabe (from Theme Park Duo) said his name was Walter and that he ended up in the mouth of a bear.
And then, without missing a beat, the citizen asked if it was a Salmon.
And thus, Walter The Salmon was born.
Sadly, we didn't get this interaction on video, but as you can see below, we had a great time blasting people on the ride. As I'm sure you will all have as well!!
They also had Pony Express open for us, and because it was Media Night, we were able to get a POV of this as well. Score!!
As the sun went down we were able to get some nice night shots of the ride.
As well as a quick interview with Garner Holt who talked about the ride and the other creations he's done for Knott's.
To say we were impressed and blown away with the updates to the ride would be an understatement.
I think with this one, the upgrades are definitely more jarring than they were with the Log or Mine Ride (because, let's face it, those rides have always had a great story).
Bigfoot Rapids was always fun, but it's story was that it was just a Rapids Ride. Now? The ride fits squarely in with the rest of Calico and has a great story and theme. And it's still the fun rapids ride you remember.
Lastly, we'll leave you with our Nighttime POV. Sure it's kind of hard to see, it's night and we're using GoPro's with no lighting. But SO fun to ride at night. We seriously can't wait to ride this on those warm summer nights. Or those scorching Knott's Scary Farm nights.
Thanks again to Knott's for having us out, we had a blast as usual. We can't wait for Ghost Town Alive in a couple of weeks. Make sure you head out and ride Calico River Rapids!!
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.