Last week was the opening of Knott's Scary Farm 2016 which features 2 new mazes, 4 new Skeleton Key Rooms, an all new Hanging, a new scare zone and a revamped Infected that makes it much easier for fans to experience the attraction.
This is the first of a few updates we'll be having from Scary Farm as we outline the mazes and share our videos.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Scary Farm 2016
This year in lieu of an opening ceremony they had the headless horsemen come out which totally fit The Hollow scare zone.
After a short wait, the gates were opened and the monsters unleashed.
Our first stop was Infected which is much improved and much easier to experience this year
We decided to try a "Gun POV" of the experience and think it turned out pretty awesome. Be sure to check it out.
Due to time we didn't get a chance to see Elvira on opening night but we'll be sure we do on a future visit.
Carnevil is always amazing ... more on that below.
One of the new mazes for 2016 is Shadowlands and like Paranormal Inc last year it includes an awesome pre-show, amazing sets and a unique story that we haven't seen at any haunt.
Highlights of Shadowlands ... we say highlights because this doesn't include the entire maze. We're going about our maze videos a bit different this year so were still working out the bugs, and unfortunately the two new mazes are the ones we had issues on. Go figure.
We do have the bugs worked out (we think) for future events this season.
Usually Dia De Los Muertos is kind of a quiet scare zone, but not this year. There was so much talent here it was incredibly awesome.
One of our favorite returning mazes is Trick or Treat
For some reason Voodoo never had a line on opening night which is great because the maze is always incredible.
Because there were no Skeleton Key rooms attached to the mazes they've incorporated the previous ones into the mazes which is awesome.
Toothfairy is always disturbing, especially when you need to get your wisdom teeth removed ... so this was kind of painful.
Unfortunately the video was way too dark to get any kind of good footage in this maze, but it wouldn't be surprising if this was the last year for this particular maze.
Last years breakout maze Paranormal Inc is back and with a few added changes that we noticed and you may too in our video below.
No Haunted experience on the Calico Mine Train this year, but the outside always looks amazing.
Last year was the first year for Dead of Winter ... and it was met with mixed results. It was great because it was Air Conditioned but it wasn't particularly scary.
Fast forward to this year and they've "gored" it up a bit which makes it a bit more scary. They've also recycled some old props from some long ago mazes that work well in the maze, does that make it better? We're not sure.
Always love walking through Ghost Town during Scary Farm
The other new maze this year is The Red Barn and it's kind of a throwback to some other mazes that used to be at Scary Farm.
A couple of pictures of the awesome clowns in Carnevil.
Lastly, we had a great spot for the final show of the Hanging on opening night. The show really works well on the new stage and we're sure there will be some tweaking (there always is) as the run goes on.
Below are some pictures of The Hanging in "slideshow" mode ... but they do contain some spoilers.
Overall this is another amazing year for Knott's Scary Farm, the new stuff is great and is already in mid-season form which is awesome.
Some of the returning mazes like Toothfairy are probably nearing their last days while other returning mazes like Paranormal Inc, Voodoo and Gunslingers Grave are hitting on all cylinders.
We'll have much more from Scary Farm in the days and weeks to come.
Have you experienced Knott's Scary Farm 2016? Vote in our poll and let us know what was your favorite maze of 2016
Last night was the annual Knott's Scary Farm preview event. After going through the scariest part of the day (3 1/2 hours in traffic to get to Knott's) we spent some time in the park (that will be a separate update) prior to the event.
After checking in we made our way to the Ghoul Time Theater to see what's awaiting us all in the fog this year.
Written by Gregg Condon
It's not quite dark or foggy enough yet
The Season Passholders waiting to get in. Seriously, is there a more dedicated fanbase anywhere?
What's in the box?
Fog slowly fills the theater as the monsters come out to play
As the clock struck midnight, err, 8pm, it was time to see what horror was awaiting us in the box.
To the horror of all it was none other than the master of scaremonies, Jeff Tucker.
With that it was time to get on with the show.
First up, the two shows coming to Scary Farm 2016. Elvira is back as well as the Hanging in it's all new location. Just the name of the Hanging made us want to see it. "Finding Gory". Perfect.
Next up was the scare zones, and what would Scary Farm be without these 3 amazing area's. But could there be another Skywalker, err, scare zone? We'll have to wait and see.
First up was the returning mazes. We've also included our maze video's from last year to get you familiar with what's waiting for you in the fog.
First up, the fan favorite "The Toothfairy".
Back again is "The Gunslinger's Grave - A Blood Moon Rises". This was actually one of our absolute favorite mazes last year. The addition of the Werewolves was awesome.
Down on the bayou isn't just a song anymore, it's a curse waiting for you in "Voodoo - Order of the Serpent".
"Trick or Treat", you don't want to smell the feet of the Green Witch. Trust us.
The maze widely considered the best maze of Scary Farm 2015 (and pretty much from any event in Southern California") is back. Do you dare experience what "Paranormal Inc" has to show you?
Back again is "Dead of Winter" but this time the Queen is dead and the Windigo is here to have his revenge.
As announced at Midsummer Scream they are doing Skeleton Key rooms different this year with 4 separate interactive experiences - Slasher, Prey, Visions and Zozo.
With Prey, you're on your own, not even the maze designers will save you, heck, they didn't even save the little girl.
Then it was on to the new mazes.
First up, Black Ops Infected is no longer taking over Camp Snoopy, but now is fully backstage which allows more sets and close quarters action. No more return time, just get in line and shoot some zombies!!
Based on Japanese folklore, "Shadow Lands" is a new maze designed by John Cooke.
Knott's has always had a Red Barn that has mazes in it, so why not use that as a theme for the maze. Beware of the chainsaw killers in "The Red Barn".
And lastly, since Camp Snoopy is no longer being used for Infected, an all new scare zone called "The Hollow" will be haunting you.
We'll be in the fog in less than a month ...
After the announcement it was time to eat, and eat we did.
These guys are the real MVPs
Jeff did an amazing job as always
They are waiting for you ...
So what do you think of Knott's Scary Farm 2016? Are you ready? Let us know your thoughts on what's new and returning in the comments below.
See you in the fog ...
August is usually a transition period for Theme Parks and nowhere is this more evident that at Knott's Berry Farm. Not only are they wrapping up the summer of the rebuilt Ghostrider, but also wrapping up the run of the WILDLY successful and amazing Ghost Town Alive (be sure to catch it before it ends). But this also means that Knott's Scary Farm is coming and so you've got the winding down of things and new things springing up all over the park.
Pictures by Matthew Nelson
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start off with some amazing pictures of Ghost Town and around the park. Nothing really "update" here, just enjoy.
Be sure to catch the Hoedown in Ghost Town
Knott's is still one of VERY few parks in the US with a Stagecoach attraction. Actually, off the top of my head can't think of any other ones. If you know of one let us know in the comments.
One of the most beautiful rides ever. (no, not that green thing)
Looking at this picture it's hard to tell if Silver Bullet was going forwards or backwards. Note ... let's have Silver Bullet Backwards, that would be amazing.
From the Sky Cabin
Seriously, how about a golf clap for Matt's amazing pictures. Go ahead, do it at your desk. Nobody is looking.
The new stage, going to be quite interesting to see this decked out for The Hanging soon.
Ghostrider was running great!!
Alright, let's move on with Scary Farm stuff. A new maze is being built near Xcelerator. This is definitely not Black Magic.
At first it appeared that they were maybe building one of the Skeleton Key rooms here, but it's definitely two sides of the same maze (using the warehouse in the middle). And it looks to be a very good sized maze.
Some very tall walls here
Moving over to the Windseeker spot, something is being built here, not big enough to be a full maze, but looks like one of the Skeleton Key rooms.
Considering the normal Dia De Los Muertos maze we are thinking this is maybe ZoZo? But we'll certainly have to see.
I know a little German ... he's sitting right over there
Remember, the Scary Farm preview is next Thursday and we'll be there to bring you all the news for Knott's Scary Farm 2016 including new and returning mazes.
Also don't forget, Scary Farm Tickets are on sale NOW and this includes the Scare Pass which is an amazing value.
Now that Halloween Season has ended it's time to turn our attention back to 2016 attractions, at least for the next couple of weeks until Holiday Season starts. So today we'll take a look at Ghostrider at Knott's (we'll also share some pics from the last night of Knott's Scary Farm too).
Written by Gregg Condon
Forgive the lighting and such on these pictures, these were taken in the late afternoon.
Last update only the lower track was being done, they've moved up top this week.
Some wood ready to get installed. Apparently there is a LOT of wood backstage.
This is going to be so awesome.
Still no idea if any of the track will be reprofiled or if it's just going to be the same layout.
The pre-lift element
The main reason for our visit was of course the last night of Knott's Scary Farm. Below is a video we took of the last few minutes of the event. It was awesome.
Have a nice hybernation buddy!!
The pre-scare dinner is great fun. Josh made a friend.
The monsters finding unsuspecting victims and having a great time
Nice directional signs were added since our last update ... these were much needed.
Paranormal ... never had a bad time in here all year.
Trick or Treat ... wildly consistent all year. Probably our 2nd favorite of the year.
Josh got the mark in Voodoo
My Bloody Clementine ... we only got to do this twice all year and while we enjoy the Mine Train being haunted I don't think talent is necessary in here. I'd like to see them do more with the existing technology in the mine like they did with Witch's Keep last year.
We finally saw Elvira. It was great cheesy Halloween fun with lots and lots and lots and lots of boob jokes. Like A LOT!!! =)
Thanks for reading. We'll have another update on Wednesday celebrating our 2 year Anniversary ... 2 years. Wow. We can't believe it.
We'll also be back at Knott's in a few weeks for Knott's Merry Farm.
Have a great week!!
Knott's Scary Farm has been open for a few weeks and is hitting on all cylinders. We went back to the event this past Saturday night and it was great to see some changes from opening night to now.
We'll also be headed back on Halloween, it'll be our first year on Halloween so we're super excited about that.
Written by Gregg Condon
Below you'll find some pics from Saturday night (cell phone ones, we went to enjoy the event), all of our video's from opening night as well as some pictures the park sent us of Elvira officiating a wedding last weekend. All in all, a great spooky update from Knott's Scary Farm.
But first, we'll start off with a look at the daytime event, Knott's Spooky Farm. Enjoy!!
It's nice to see them expanding the family offerings for Halloween outside of "Camp Spooky" but we were quite surprised to see nothing in that area of the park, at least what we could tell.
But having stuff in ghost town is great as it gives the younger set more time to spend in the awesomeness that is ghost town. =)
Next up was our Pre-Scare dinner and if you are going to Scary Farm on a weekend night, the Pre-Scare is an absolute must!!
Not only is the food great, not only are the monsters in the pre-scare great, but getting that head start on the General Admission Crowd for the event means that you can get some of the mazes done quickly and make the most of your night.
Once the event starts one of our favorite places to just sit and relax is Fog Alley (just outside Ghost Town Grill). Despite the heat the talent here was amazing as always.
If you want to do My Bloody Clementine best to go early
Mmmm, Haunt Fog!!! =)
Below are all of our videos from opening night of Knott's Scary Farm. I put these in the order we did the mazes this past Saturday night so you can hopefully plan your trip if you are going to the event the next two weekends. We'll also add in additional thoughts about each maze. If you missed our opening night maze rankings, click here.
Paranormal Inc: The general consensus among our group was this was once again the maze of the night and the best of the event, and maybe the best among the theme park haunts this year. It's simply amazing.
Doing the Pre-Scare allowed us to go through this maze twice in the first 15 minutes of the event going through both sides. (warning: If you haven't done the event, this video does contain spoilers)
The Toothfairy: We didn't do an opening night video of Toothfairy as it came out very dark and we didn't want to over-saturate it. While we did enjoy this maze more on Saturday than we did on opening night it seems to be lacking something from year one. It's still great and amazing but it needs "something" and I'm not quite sure what.
Voodoo: This maze has been great in the 5 or 6 times we've gone through it and Saturday night was no exception. Just fun, creepy and beautiful to look at. A definite must on every visit.
Forevermore: We skipped Trick or Treat to come back later as that line was terribly long. I think it's because everybody see's that maze first. This turned out to be a great decision as we were able to walk right into Forevermore which had an hour+ wait later in the day.
Forevermore was once again great but this one really depends on hitting the poem narration right on.
Pinnochio Unstrung: So opening night we were pretty harsh to this maze as it just didn't do it for us. We hate doing that because we know how hard the talent works in these mazes.
We're very glad to say that on Saturday we had the total opposite experience and the maze was amazingly fun. I'm still not sure if this one needs to return next year but we were very glad to see the maze and talent working so well.
Dead of Winter: This maze is the perfect example of why you don't want to just go on opening night or the first weekend of an event like Knott's Scary Farm.
While some mazes simply click from day one (Paranormal Inc) other mazes it takes awhile. Maybe it was the air conditioning but we had so much fun in this maze on Saturday night.
Only issue we have is that there is still no facade or sign or anything for this maze. A light mapping like they have for Black Magic (see below) would be perfect for this maze.
Gunslingers Grave: We loved this maze on opening night and we loved it on Saturday night. This maze consistently delivered for us and had the shortest lines on Saturday night which meant we went through multiple times.
I'm wondering if people just gave up on this maze or if it's just one of the higher capacity ones. Either way, don't pass it by, it's a lot of fun. We also don't have a video for this one due to it being very dark.
Black Magic: The general consensus is that this maze may be on it's last year since it's only one of two returning mazes that didn't receive any improvements this year (the other being Pinocchio). If that's the case then it's going out on a high note as it was once again one of our favorites of the night.
Trick or Treat: We went back to Trick or Treat about 12am and found the line to be about 35-40 minutes which is what it was earlier in the night. This maze had some great updates for this year and is in our opinion better than it's ever been.
I had originally anticipated this being the last year for Trick or Treat and maybe being replaced with a Deadly 7 maze, but with the improvements I think this one may be back at least one more year.
My Bloody Clementine: This was the only haunted attraction we didn't do on Saturday as the line was hovering at just about 2 hours throughout the night. We'll definitely be making sure we hit this early on Halloween. But below is our ride-through from opening night.
Lastly, some fun pictures below that the park sent us of Elvira performing a wedding a couple of weekends ago. Looks like a fun time and congrats to the lucky couple!!!
On Saturday, October 3, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, officiated her first-ever wedding at Knott’s Scary Farm for actress and model, LeeAnna Vamp and her fiancé Cameron. In honor of the Halloween season, the lucky couple united their immortal souls in the 2,100 seat, Charles M. Schulz Theatre, where Elvira’s all-new show – Elvira’s Asylum, takes place every night of Scary Farm.
Overall Knott's Scary Farm continues to shine even after 43 years of scaring us (well not me). The overall event is as great as ever although we do anticipate some changes coming next year as they continue to deal with what to do with Camp Snoopy. We didn't even attempt to do Infected and we may not do it at all this year. I don't think we're the only ones.
Have you been to Knott's Scary Farm or Knott's Spooky Farm this year? Be sure to let us know your thoughts below.