Knott's Berry Farm

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Knott's Berry Farm
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SloganAmerica's 1st Theme Park, California's Best Theme Park
LocationBuena Park, California, United States
Coordinates33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267Coordinates: 33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267
OwnerCedar Fair Entertainment Company
General ManagerRaffi Kaprelyan
Operating seasonYear-round
Visitors per annum3,508,000 in 2012[1]
Area160 acres (65 ha)
Roller coasters10
Water rides2
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Knott's Berry Farm
Knotts Berry Farm Logo.svg

Knotts Berry Farm 2013.JPG
SloganAmerica's 1st Theme Park, California's Best Theme Park
LocationBuena Park, California, United States
Coordinates33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267Coordinates: 33°50′39″N 118°00′01″W / 33.844178°N 118.000267°W / 33.844178; -118.000267
OwnerCedar Fair Entertainment Company
General ManagerRaffi Kaprelyan
Operating seasonYear-round
Visitors per annum3,508,000 in 2012[1]
Area160 acres (65 ha)
Roller coasters10
Water rides2

Knott's Berry Farm is a 160-acre (65 ha) theme park in Buena Park, California, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Since the theme park's acquisition of Cedar Fair, the park's annual attendance has steadily increased. The 2012 Global Attractions Attendance Report indicates Knott's Berry Farm is the North America's top 14 most visited theme park.[2] The theme park has approximately 10,000 seasonal/full-time employees.[3] The park has a well rounded roster of roller coasters, family rides, children rides, water rides and historical rides totaling to 40 rides currently with plans to expand in the future. The park is accessible by public transportation.

The theme park sits on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family. Beginning around 1920, the Knott family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property. Knott added several other attractions over the years, and began charging admission to the attractions in 1968. In 1983, Knott's Berry Farm added Camp Snoopy, which began the park's present-day association with the Peanuts characters.

In the 1990s, following the deaths of Walter Knott and his wife, Cordelia, their children sold the family business; the theme park was sold to Cedar Fair, while the food business was sold to ConAgra Foods, which subsequently sold to J. M. Smucker; Smucker's discontinued the line in 2013. Cedar Fair has continued to expand the theme park, adding Knott's Soak City in 1999 and adding other rides to the original park.



Wood carver Andy Anderson with Sad Eye Joe in the Ghost Town area of the park, 1941

The theme park sits on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family. Beginning around 1920, the Knott family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, later called "Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant". The dinners soon became a major tourist draw, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors while waiting for a seat in the restaurant. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property, the beginning of the present-day theme park.

Knott's first theme park logo: a prospector, with pack mule.

The idea of an amusement park really picked up in the 1950s when Walter Knott opened a "summer-long county fair". In 1968, for the first time, an admission price was required to get into the park, originally set at 25 cents. The Calico log ride was added in 1969. On April 12, 1974, Cordelia Knott died. Walter turned his attention toward political causes,[4][5]

Roaring Twenties[6] re-themed Gypsy Camp in the 1970s with the addition of a nostalgic traditional amusement area, Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars, Knott's Bear-y Tales. Then with the northward expansion of a 1920s-era Knott's Airfield themed area featuring the Cloud 9 Dance Hall, Sky Cabin/Parachute Sky Jump and Motorcycle Chase steeple chase roller coaster above the electric guided rail Gasoline Alley car ride.[7] The expansion was inspired by the innovative new roller coaster Corkscrew.

Sky Tower was built to support two attractions, the Parachute Sky Jump (now closed) and the Sky Cabin. Parachute Sky Jump boarded one or two standing riders anticipating the thrill of the drop into baskets beneath a faux parachute canopy. From the top, eight arms supported the vertical cable tracks of wire rope which lifted the baskets. The Sky Cabin ringed the support pole with a single floor of seats that are enclosed behind windows. The Sky Cabin ring revolves slowly as it rises to the top and back offering a pleasantly changing vista. Sky Cabin is very sensitive to weather and passenger motion, such as walking, which is prohibited during the trip. During winds 25 mph+ or rain it is closed. When built, Sky Tower was the tallest structure in Orange County (a distinction now held by nearby WindSeeker.) The illuminated "K" in logo script atop the Sky Tower was designated a landmark which prevented Knott's plan of converting the foundation to support WindSeeker.

Presidential candidate former Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat and family visit Knott's Berry Farm, August 16, 1968

Corkscrew debuted in 1975 as the first modern-day roller coaster to perform a 360-degree inverting element, twice. It was designed by Arrow Development. Corkscrew is still operating to this day, but was sold and relocated in 1989 to Silverwood in Athol, Idaho. Montezooma's Revenge was later opened in 1978 and remains in operation at Knott's Berry Farm.

Motorcycle Chase – A modernized steeplechase rollercoaster built in 1976 by Arrow Development, featured single motorbike themed vehicles racing side-by-side, each on one of four parallel tracks, launched together.[7] One or two riders straddled each "Indian motorcycle" attraction vehicle. The tubular steel monorail track closely followed dips and bumps in "the road" and tilted to lean riders about the curves. Gasoline Alley, an electric steel-guiderail car ride below, was built together and intimately intertwined, which enhanced ride-to-ride interaction thrill value.[8] Rider safety concerns of the high center of gravity coupled with the method of rider restraints caused it to be re-themed Wacky Soap Box Racers with vehicles now attached in four car trains, each car seated two riders, strapped in low (nearly straddling the track), surrounded by the close fitting car sides, and the dips and bumps of the track were straightened flat in 1980. Motorcycle Chase/Wacky Soap Box Racers was removed 1996 for a dueling loop coaster Windjammer Surf Racers and now a vertical launch coaster takes its place Xcelerator.

December 3, 1981, Walter Knott died, survived by his children who would continue to operate Knott's as a family business for another fourteen years.

In the 1980s, Knott's built the Barn Dance featured Bobbi & Clyde as the house band. It was during the height of the "Urban Cowboy" era. The "Barn Dance" was featured in Knott's TV Commercials.

Big Foot Rapids is located in the Wild Wilderness section of the park.

During the 1980s, Knott's met the competition in Southern California theme parks by theming a new land and building two massive attractions:

The Boomerang roller coaster replaced the Corkscrew[6] in 1990 with a lift shuttle train passing to and fro through a cobra roll and a vertical loop for six inversions each trip.

Mystery Lodge (1994) Inspired by General Motors "Spirit Lodge" pavilion, a live show augmented with Peppers Ghost and other special effects, which was among the most popular exhibits at Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which was produced by Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts [9] and created with the assistance of the Kwagulth Native reserve in Alert Bay, British Columbia.[10] Mystery Lodge recreates a quiet summer night in the village of Alert Bay, British Columbia then guests "move inside" the longhouse and listen to the storyteller weave a tale of the importance of family from the smoke of the bonfire.

The Jaguar! was opened June 17, 1995, to add another roller coaster to the mix of Fiesta Village alongside Montezooma's Revenge.

New owners[edit]

In the 1990s, after Walter and Cordelia died, their children decided to sell off their businesses:

In the late 1990s Cedar Fair acquired the Buena Park Hotel at the corner of Grand Ave. and Crescent. It was then brought up to Radisson Standards and branded Radisson Resort Hotel as a franchise. In 2004, the park renamed the Radisson Resort Hotel the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel.

In 1995, the Knott family sold the food specialty business to ConAgra Foods, which later re-sold the brand to The J.M. Smucker Company in 2008.

In 1997, the Knott family sold the amusement park operations to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Initially, the Knotts were given an opportunity to sell the park to The Walt Disney Company. The park would have been amalgamated into the Disneyland Resort and converted into Disney's America, which had previously failed to be built near Washington, D.C. The Knott's refused to sell the park to Disney out of fear most of what Walter Knott had built would be eliminated. Ironically, Cedar Fair tore down more of what Walter Knott had originally built than what Disney was planning.[citation needed]

Cedar Fair era (Present)[edit]

View of Silver Bullet from Sky Cabin

In recent years, the vicinity of the park has been heavily suburbanized. The park serves as an anchor for other tourist-oriented businesses such as Medieval Times and Pirate's Dinner Adventure. Buena Park Downtown, a series of shopping centers containing Walmart, Sears and Kohl's and a few eateries such as Portillo's, Chili's and Buffalo Wild Wings are located near Knott's Berry Farm.

Since being acquired by Cedar Fair, the park has seen an aggressive shift towards thrill rides, with the construction of a number of large roller coasters and the addition of a high-performance Shoot-the-Chutes ride Perilous Plunge. Perilous Plunge had the record of being the tallest and steepest water ride in the world until October 2012 when Knotts Berry Farm closed and demolished the water attraction in order for new rides in 2013. Also, Knotts Berry Farm announced in early January 2013, the most popular ride at the park: the Timber Mountain Log Ride would be closed for a 5 month major refurbishment.

On May 25, 2013 Knotts Berry Farm added three new family rides which replaced the spot of Perlious Plunge. They include: Coast Rider(wild mouse roller coaster), Pacific Scrambler (scrambler ride) and Surfside Gilders. All three of the rides added to the theme of the Boardwalk. The old bridge which connected the exit of Perlious Plunge and the boardwalk is now used as the entrance to Surfside Gilders and Pacific Scrambler.Boomerang also was repainted to a lime-green color as part of the Boardwalk expansion.

The boardwalk expansion features 3 new rides: Coast Rider, Surfside Gilders and Pacific Scrambler.

On May 29, 2013 Knott's Timber Mountain Log Ride reopened after a five month refurbishment. The ride was updated with new animations and new scenes.Notability was the addition of new pine trees which were planted outside the ride's mountain. The log's front icons also received new updated icons as part of the major refurbishment.

On September 2, 2013, Knotts Berry Farm announced Windseeker would be closed and removed from the park. After the ride was closed by Cedar Fair for safety inspection, the ride was never cleared to operate. The ride will be removed and sent to Worlds of Fun by January 2014.

On November 22, 2013, Knotts Berry Farm announced a major announcement for the 2014 operating season. The park announced that the famous and historical ride: the Calico Mine Ride would be closed for a 6 month major refurbishment beginning in January 2014.[11] The major refurbishment is occurring due to the successful transformation of the 5 month refurbishment of the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Camp Snoopy will also receive an improved transformation as it is approaching its 30th anniversary. The park announced Camp Snoopy would receive a makeover with new rides.

Current areas and attractions[edit]

The park now consists of five themed areas:

Ghost Town[edit]

Craftsmen in Ghost Town demonstrate the arts of the blacksmith, woodcarver, glass-blower, sign cutter, and spinner. Demonstrations of narrow gauge railroading and farm equipment hobbyists accompany additional merchant stalls of cottage-craft fairs seasonally at discounted admission which is restricted to Ghost Town only.

Western Trails Museum, relocated between the candy store and the General Store to accommodate Bigfoot Rapids, still features historical western artifacts large and small, from a hand powered horse-drawn fire engine to miniature replica of a borax hauling "Twenty Mule Team" and utensils necessary to survive the prairie and wilderness.

The Ghost Town area has a few other notable historical structures. Knott's Nature Center exhibiting their insect mini-zoo, once the one-room school house of Rivera, California, was relocated from the Wild Water Wilderness to Ghost Town in the summer of 2007. The Bird Cage Theatre only hosts two seasonal entertainments – during "Knott's Merry Farm," two small productions of "The Gift of the Magi" and "A Christmas Carol," and a Halloween Haunt thrill show. The Calico Stage, a large open-air stage in Calico Square, hosts a variety of shows and acts, big and small, from those of elementary school students, Gallagher, a local band, and the summer-spectacular All Wheels Extreme stunt show featuring youthful performers demonstrating aerial tricks with acrobatics, trampolines, and riding ramps with skates, scooters, skateboards, and freestyle bikes to popular music. Calico Saloon recreates the revelry of music, singing and dancing, with Cameo Kate hosting a variety of acts. Jersey Lily, Judge Roy Bean's combination courthouse/saloon, offers certified comical "genuine illegal hitchin'" alongside pickles, candy, and sports/soft drinks.

Many parts of Ghost Town are forever lost to progress. The conversion of the Silver Dollar Saloon to a shooting gallery, Hunters Paradise shooting gallery to Panda Express and the original Berry Stand, moved several times with its last location now occupied by the Silver Bullet station.

What is left of Ghost Town today was based on Calico ghost town and other real ghost towns in the Western United States such as Prescott, Arizona. Walter Knott inherited his uncle's silver mill and land, then bought more of the actual Calico ghost town in 1951 and developed it. In 1966, he donated that property to the corporate-municipal County of San Bernardino which then made the town of Calico, California into a public historic park, for which it charged an entrance/parking fee. See 'History – Ghost Town – Calico' section above.

RidePictureOpenedManufacturerDescriptionIntensity rating
(out of 5)[12]
Calico Mine RideCalico Mine Ride 1.JPG1960Bud HurlbutPowered gravity coaster dark ride. Riders board ore cars and journey deep into a faux mining excavation site. *Ride will be closed for 6 months for a major refurbishment beginning January 2014.3
Ghost Town and Calico RailwayCalico Railroad.JPG1952An authentic 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[13] train ride around the park. The ten minute ride takes guests through the Wild Wilderness area, the Boardwalk area and through Fiesta Village.1
GhostRiderGhostrider.JPG1998Custom Coasters InternationalA wooden roller coaster featuring multiple banked turns.5
Screamin' Swing2004S&S WorldwideA Screamin' Swing upcharge attraction. It was the first of its kind in the world.4
Silver BulletSilverBulletCoaster.jpg2004Bolliger & MabillardAn inverted roller coaster. It is also the longest inverted roller coaster on the West Coast.5
Timber Mountain Log RideTimber Mountain Log Ride 1.JPG1969
Bud Hurlbut & Arrow DynamicsA classic themed log flume attraction. The five minute ride features two major drops, of which the final drop is 42 feet. 1969 (Original opening)
May 29, 2013 (Refurbishment grand reopening)

Wild Water Wilderness[edit]

Wild Water Wilderness is a section of Ghost Town that features two major rides: the Bigfoot Rapids river rafting adventure, and Pony Express, a horse themed family roller coaster installed in 2008. Nearby Bigfoot Rapids is Rapids Trader, a small merchandise stand. It is also home to Mystery Lodge, a multimedia show based on an Expo 86 pavilion featuring a Native American storyteller.

RidePictureYear OpenedManufacturerDescriptionRating[12]
Bigfoot RapidsBigFoot Rapids 1.JPG1988IntaminAn Intamin family river rafting ride in which riders board circular watercraft and journey down a faux white water river. It is located in the Wild Water Wilderness section of Ghost Town5
Pony ExpressPony Express 2.JPG2008ZamperlaA steel roller coaster in which riders dip, turn and dive while harnessed in vehicles intended to simulate equestrianism. It is located in the Wild Water Wilderness section of Ghost Town4

Fiesta Village[edit]

Fiesta Village was built in 1969 with a pop-culture Mexican theme. It was the second area constructed after the completion of Ghost Town. Stores like La Tiendita and Casa California, restaurants like Pancho's Tacos, La Papa Loca, and La Cantina, games like Shoot If Yucan, and the themed rides like La Revolución, Jaguar!, and Montezooma's Revenge, along with the former attraction Tampico Tumbler, all contribute to the Mexican and Aztec theme of the area. In 2013 colorful string lights were added for the summer season.

RideYear openedManufacturerDescriptionRating[12]
Dragon Swing1980Chance-MorganA swinging pirate ship type gondola ride.3
Hat Dance1969A Teacups type ride. Riders spin sombrero themed cuencos as they rotate on counterrevolutionary turntables. Originally named Happy Sombrero3
Jaguar!1995ZiererA Steel roller coaster designed specifically for families with young children.4
La Revolucion2003Chance-MorganRiders rotate 360-degrees while simultaneously swinging back and forth in a pendulum motion.4
Merry Go Round1955Dentzel CarouselOne of the world's oldest working Dentzel Carousel, this 100-year-old treasure still revolves to the strains of its antique Band Organ. Climb aboard one of this menagerie carousel's 48 hand-carved animals including lions, tigers, ostriches, camels, zebras, giraffes, pigs, cats and, of course, horses.2
Montezooma's Revenge1978Anton SchwarzkopfRiders accelerate from 0 to 55 mph (89 km/h) in 4.5 seconds.[14]5
Waveswinger1987ZiererA classic family swing ride. Riders board individual swing sets before orbiting a central tower. Originally named Slingshot. Riders cannot ride if the person's weight is above 230 lbs.3

The Boardwalk[edit]

Originally themed as Gypsy Camp, and later re-themed to the "Roaring '20s", "Knott's Airfield", then "The Boardwalk", this area is home to the most of Knott's major thrill rides.

Boardwalk Games include physical challenges such as a rock wall, soccer, basketball and a rope ladder crawl. A variety of traditional pitch three balls and win a prize type games, such as squirt gun into clowns mouth, knock off milk bottles, pitch a quarter onto a plate are pitched by hawkers along the Boardwalk Games midway. In September 2012, Perilous Plunge closed for an expansion of the Boardwalk. Perilous Plunge. was noticeably known as one of Knott's major thrill rides. The boardwalk reopened after a year transformation with two flat rides and a new family roller coaster taking the spot of Perilous Plunge. The Boomerang roller coaster also got repainted with a new vibrant green and yellow color scheme.

The world's largest Johnny Rockets restaurant franchise is located at Knott's Boardwalk, featuring over 5,900 square feet (550 m2) of indoor dining space for more than 260 guests.

RidePictureYear openedManufacturerDescriptionRating[12]
BoomerangBoomerang- Knotts Berry Farm.JPG1990VekomaBoomerang at Knotts Berry Farm in the new boardwalk expansion livery colors. A reverse shuttle roller coaster with a height of 125 feet. It inverts riders six times. Boomerang replaced the 1975 "Roaring '20s" Corkscrew roller coaster (currently located at Silverwood Theme Park.5
Coast RiderCoast Rider 1.JPGMay 25, 2013Mack RidesA steel wild mouse roller coaster. The ride's layout is on the former site of Perilous Plunge.4
Pacific ScramblerPacific Scrambler.JPG1989 (Whirlpool), May 25, 2013 (Reopening of rider as Pacific Scrambler)Eli Bridge CompanyPacific Scrambler originally opened in 1989 as Whirlpool. With the opening of the Boardwalk expansion it was reintroduced with a new name and livery. Originally "Whirlpool" is opened in 1989 to 1996 a classic scrambler carnival ride originally housed inside a building which included 'undersea' murals on the walls, a music soundtrack, and concert style lighting effects. It was change renamed "Headspin" and moved in 1999 location at the outdoor under the Windjammer Surf Racers with the re-theming formerly the Roaring 20's to The Boardwalk area and Whirlpool building demolished to make room for the Perilous Plunge open in 2000. In July 2001 Headspin is changed renamed Wilderness Scrambler and moved again to the location at the Wild Water Wilderness area after Windjammer Surf Racers is demolished and to make room for the Xcelerator in 2002. It was removed in 2007 to make room for Pony Express roller coaster in 2008 but the Scrambler been storage in the maintenance building. The Wilderness Scrambler was renamed Pacific Scrambler and return to near its original "Whirlpool" location was formerly Perilous Plunge on site after demolished in 2012. Pacific Scrambler opened in May 2013 along with Coast Rider and Surfside Glider in an effort to add to the boardwalk theming area.3
Rip TideRiptide 1.JPG2004HUSSA Top Spin ride with 38 theater gondola seats. Riders somersault forwards and backwards suspended on rotating lift arms Riders must be 54 inches to ride.5
Sky CabinSkycabin.JPG1976IntaminA circular Gyro tower 180 feet into the sky, offering riders a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Skycabin takes guests up 180 feet for a scenic view of the park and the surrounding area.2
Supreme ScreamSurpreme Scream.JPG1998S&S WorldwideSupreme Scream features the highest drop in the park. A vertical ascending and descending drop ride. It features 3 Turbo Drop towers.5
Surfside GlidersSurfside Gilders.JPGMay 25, 2013Larson InternationalA Flying Scooters ride with a height of 28 feet. Riders can pilot and move the gilders as it offers them a good view of the Boardwalk area.3
Wheeler Dealer Bumper CarsWheeler Dealer Bumper Cars.JPGA classic family bumper cars attraction.4
WipeOut1999Chance-MorganA Chance trabant ride. Riders boarded a circular ride platform which undulated and rotated simultaneously.4
XceleratorXcelerator.JPG2002IntaminA launched roller coaster in which riders accelerate from 0 – 82 mph (132 km/h) in 2.3 seconds and climb 20 stories into the air. Xcelerator is currently the tallest roller coaster at Knotts Berry Farm. Pictured is Xcelerator's tower structure. Xcelerator feature's the park second highest drop.5

Camp Snoopy[edit]

Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (right) visits the construction site of "Camp Snoopy" with daughter Jill Schulz, Marion Knott and others, circa 1983

Camp Snoopy is home to the park's family and children rides, with many of the rides and attractions being built specifically for children and guests who cannot ride the park's more aggressive attractions. Its theme is Charles M. Schulz' "Peanuts" comic strip characters. Snoopy has been the mascot of Knott's Berry Farm since 1983, and the characters can now be seen at all of Cedar Fair's parks, except Gilroy Gardens, which is managed by Cedar Fair and owned by the city of Gilroy. The 14 rides include a mini roller coaster called the Timberline Twister, a mini-scrambler called the Log Peeler, a Zamperla Rockin' Tug called Lucy's Tugboat, and a steel spinning roller coaster called Sierra Sidewinder. Snoopy Bounce is a small attraction for kids. However it is not considered a ride at the park. For guests who cannot ride the park's more aggressive and thrilled rides, Camp Snoopy contains a good amount of rides for guests of all ages including infants, children, and seniors. With the exception of Sierra Sidewinder and Timberline Twister, the rides are relativity tame and not aggressive.

Knott's Berry Farm also built the Mall of America's indoor theme park, which itself was originally called Camp Snoopy. (In fact, Charles M. Schulz hailed from St. Paul.) However, today the park is no longer affiliated with Knott's or Cedar Fair, and is now called Nickelodeon Universe.

On November 22, 2013, Knott's Berry Farm announced major improvements in the area of Camp Snoopy. Camp Snoopy will receive a makeover as the section is approaching its 30th anniversary. In summer 2014, Knott's Berry Farm will open up new rides in Camp Snoopy.[11]

The 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge[15] Grand Sierra Scenic Railroad takes guest on a five minute train ride through the reflection lake. The ride was made smaller with the construction of Silver Bullet.

Camp Bus2
Balloon RaceBalloon Race.JPG19832
Charlie Brown's Speedway2
Grand Sierra Scenic RailroadGrand Sierra Railroad.JPG1
High Sierra Ferris WheelHigh Sierra Ferris Wheel.JPG3
Huff and Puff1
Joe Cool's Gr8 Sk820033
Log Peeler2
Lucy's Tugboat20042
Red Baron2
Rocky Road Trucking Company1
Sierra SidewinderSierra Sidewinder 1.JPG20074
Timberline TwisterTimberline Twister - Knott's Berry Farm.JPG19834
Woodstock's Airmail19982

Indian Trails[edit]

Located next to the Bottle House in Ghost Town, Indian Trails is a small area sandwiched between Camp Snoopy, Ghost Town, and Fiesta Village, showcasing Native American art, crafts, and dance. One ride is located in this area. It is called Butterfield Stagecoach which is a family ride where an actual stagecoach take guest on a circular ride through Fiesta Village and Camp Snoopy. It is one original rides at the park.The ride was developed directly by the park and it opened in 1949.

RideYear openedManufacturerDescriptionRating[12]
Butterfield Stagecoach1949Knott's Berry FarmA family stagecoach ride which takes guests through the areas of Fiesta Village, Camp Snoopy and Indian Trails.1

Public area[edit]

Many of the popular original attractions are outside the gates of the current-day theme park along Grand Ave. at the California Marketplace, mostly things which would no longer be considered interesting to today's audience, or things which were merely there for decoration. Near the restrooms behind Berry Place are the waterfall overshooting the water wheel and historic gristmill grindstone, a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate fireplace hearth, and what remains of the visible beehive. Some attractions still exist, but have been incorporated into backstage areas, such as the Rock Garden, now an employee smoking area. Other attractions have been removed, such as the historic volcano, and the cross-section of giant sequoia with age rings denoting historic events such as Christopher Columbus visiting America.

East property[edit]

The east side of the property, divided by Beach Blvd., features the main parking lot, Knott's Soak City a seasonal water park that requires separate admission, the picnic grounds rental areas, complementary admission to Independence Hall and gift shop, and the Church of Reflections which was moved outside the theme park in 2004 and held non-denominational Sunday services until 2010, but is still used for wedding ceremonies. A tunnel and pedestrian underpass beneath Beach Blvd. connects the main parking lot to the shops, restaurants and theme park.

Former attractions[edit]

AttractionYear OpenedYear ClosedManufacturerDescription
Cable Cars19551979[16]various[17]Authentic California Street Cable Railroad San Francisco Cable Cars, converted to battery-electric power, were operated as transportation tram servicing the East parking lots – North and South. Sold back to San Francisco Muni[16] in 1979 for the proposed California St. & Hyde St. expansion of the National Monument and clearing the lot for Camp Snoopy.
Corkscrew19751989Arrow DynamicsSteel roller coaster featuring two barrel-roll inversions. This was the first modern roller coaster to combine vertical and horizontal inversions. It was sold to Silverwood in 1989 to make room for the Boomerang.[18]
Fiesta Wheel19691986Chance IndustriesA Chance Trabant ride. Riders boarded a circular ride platform which undulated and rotated simultaneously which spun and tilted riders at the same time as the ride changed direction rapidly. To make room for the Grand Slammer in 1986 it was moved near Sky Tower and renamed Wipeout.
Gasoline Alley19691996Arrow DynamicsPowered automobile ride. This electric car-track was under the motorcycle chase/wacky soapbox racer. Both rides were removed in 1996 to make room for Windjammer Surf Racers, and later, Xcelerator.
Gran Slammer19872003Chance IndustriesA Chance Falling Star pendulum. Riders boarded a large stadium-like platform, which then orbited a central axis for the duration of the ride cycle. This ride removed in 2004 to make room for La Revolucion's queue line.
Hammerhead19962003ZamperlaThis Zamperla Rotoshake riders on a platform three rows flipped upside down while the main arm lifted them high into the sky and around again. At the end the platform inverted and the fountains below squirted up to nearly douse riders. It was removed in 2003 due to costly mechanical problems, and replaced with Rip Tide.
Haunted Shack19542000Walter KnottA walk-through attraction demonstrating curious aberrations of gravity. The Haunted Shack at Calico, CA still operates. Replaced by VertiGo, then Screamin' Swing upcharge attractions.
Henry's Auto Livery?1980sWalter BeckmanThis ride was located out of the main park near the corner of Beach Blvd. and Crescent. The gasoline powered Model-Ts had no center guiderail, instead the roadway was edged with bumper-rail fencing. Removed sometime in the 80s.
Knott's Bear-y Tales/Kingdom of the Dinosaurs19752004Fantasy FairThis dark ride first took riders past a fairy-tale like plot set in the Roaring 20's with a Bear Family named, Raz, Boysen, Girlsen, Elder, and Flapper Bear-y on a journey to the fair while being in contact with a pie thief named Crafty Coyote and Other Animals from the Fantasy Scenes. It later was revamped with a dinosaur theme in 1987 (While Bear-y Tales moved to the Peanuts Playhouse after Kingdom of the Dinosaurs opened to be renamed Bear-y Tales Funhouse until 1997)that took riders back in time to the Pre-Historic Times which would be removed on December 23, 2004 due to aging parts and lack of popularity.
Knott's Lagoon?1983variousSeveral attractions – Carousel, duck pond, Cordelia K. side-wheel riverboat, rowboat rental, and miniature train ride. The connecting underpass now leads to the main parking. When Camp Snoopy expansion replaced the North parking lot, Knott's Lagoon was bulldozed and paved over for the new main parking lot.
Loop Trainer Flying Machine19761989Anton SchwarzkopfRiders spun in a 360-degree orbit. A standard Enterprise (ride) that was a bit smaller than most park models operating today. In 1989, this ride was removed to make room for the XK-1 in 1990.
Merry-Go-Round Auto Ride/Tijuana Taxi19691976Arrow Dynamics equipment, Bud Hurlbut design.Miniature Model T automobiles followed an electric center-rail track through storage tunnel, up hills, around surprising features and over bridges. The shotcrete landscape created by Bud Hurlbut was demolished in 1976 to accommodate the expansion of Fiesta Village.
Mexican Whip19691986Sellner ManufacturingA classic Tilt-A-Whirl, riders experienced intermittent bursts of sudden directional changes. Removed in 1986 along with Fiesta Wheel to make room for the Tampico Tumbler.
Motorcycle Chase/Wacky Soap Box Racers19761996Arrow DynamicsQuadruplet steel roller coaster that featured gentle dips. This steeplechase roller coaster had four tracks parallel to each other. A favorite of many park goers, it was taken out in 1996 to make room for the Windjammer Surf Racers and later, the Xcelerator.
Mott's Miniatures19561992Allegra & DeWitt MottMuseum – collection of Miniature Homes and furnishings, featuring the world's smallest working Television Set. Moved to La Palma Avenue at the exit of Knott's parking as museum and doll house furnishing store. The Museum portion closed in 1997 and was auctioned off.[19] The store moved and then closed. The Mott's Miniature mail-order business is thriving.[20]
Perilous Plunge20002012IntaminA shoot the chutes water ride featuring a steep 15-story drop.
Propeller Spin19761989Frank Hrubetz and Co.Riders spun in a 360-degree orbit. This Hrubetz Super Round Up ride operated from 1976 to 1989, until this space was vacated. Today, it is part of Perilous Plunge's track layout.
Sky Jump19761999IntaminRiders simulated a parachute free-fall to terra-firma from over 15 stories in the air. This parachute jump freefall ride was the highest ride in the park until its more modern successor, Supreme Scream, was built 25 years later. It was a reimagining of a similar ride at Coney Island in New York. The ride's companion, Sky Cabin, still stands.
Tampico Tumbler19872003ZiererRiders orbited and spun in two different directions simultaneously. A Zierer Hexentanz or Fireball ride. Two cars are mounted on each arm (eight arms total.) The entire ride lifts so that each arm can rotate both cars over each other at a rapid pace. Removed to make room for La Revolucion in 2004.
VertiGo20012002S&S WorldwideRiders were catapulted 330' up into the air. This S&S "Totally Insane" ride was removed because of an incident with an identical ride at Knott's sister park, Cedar Point, where removal of running wires during the off season resulted in one of its supports shearing off.
Walter K. Steamboat19692004Arrow DynamicsA simulated steamboat (diesel-powered) which sailed around "Reflection Lake." The lake was made smaller due to the installment of Silver Bullet, then removed completely to make room for Sierra Sidewinder.
Whirlwind/Greased Lightning/HeadAche19761999ReverchonThis standard Mack Matterhorn Himalaya ride. Riders orbited a central point while undulating repeatedly. It opened with the Roaring 20s area, renamed Greased Lighting for Knott's Airfield, renamed HeadAche for The Boardwalk, removed in 1999 – replaced with Perilous Plunge. This ride relocated to Miracle Strip Amusement Park where it opened as The Blue Thunder.
Windjammer Surf Racers19972000TOGO InternationalTwin racing steel roller coaster that featured vertical loops, spirals, tight banking turns and multiple dips. It was removed in 2000. It was known to be a mechanical nightmare[citation needed], failed to complete the circuit in even light winds, and was closed more frequently than open. Even when it was open, it was reported[where?] that many guests received headaches and injuries on the ride because it was extremely bumpy. It was removed to make room for Xcelerator.
Windseeker20112013MondialA 301 ft tower swing ride. Riders orbit a central tower at heights exceeding 25 stories. Originally slated to replace Sky Tower. The ride was closed after two incidents where riders were stranded for over three hours at the top of the tower. It will be relocated to Knott's sister park, Worlds of Fun where it will be renamed as SteelHawk.[21]
XK-119901997IntaminRiders pivoted upside-down in enclosed pods while orbiting a central tower. This rare Intamin Flight Trainer ride had a short eight-year run. After 1997, it was removed to make room for Supreme Scream

Soak City[edit]

Soak City is Knott's Berry Farm's water park. It opened in 1999 as Soak City U.S.A., it requires separate admission from Knott's Berry Farm.

Fast Lane[edit]

Fast Lane is Knott's Berry Farm's virtual queue system. For $50, visitors get a wrist band that enables them to get to the front of the line on 10 of the most popular attractions without queuing.

Annual park events[edit]

View of Sky Cabin and Boomerang

The park's annual Knott's Scary Farm has drawn crowds since 1973. The idea for this event was presented at one of the regularly scheduled round table meetings for managers by Patricia Pawson. The actual event was created by Bill Hollingshead, Gary Salisbury, Martha Boyd and Gene Witham, along with other members of the Knott's Berry Farm Entertainment Department as documented in the DVD Season of Screams. During this special ticketed event, the entire park (or major portions of it) re-themes itself into a "haunted house" style attraction in the form of mazes and "scare zones" in the evening. Over a thousand specially employed monsters are also scattered – often hidden out of view – throughout the park at this time. Some of the characters have become well-known, such as the green witch, which has been portrayed by Charlene Parker since 1983, the longest of any performer. Several attractions are decorated for the event including the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train and there are 13 mazes of various themes. Elvira (actress Cassandra Peterson) was introduced into the Halloween Event in 1982 and was prominently featured in many Halloween Haunt events until 2001. According to postings on her My Space page, Cassandra was released from her contract by the park's new owners due to their wanting a more family friendly appeal.,[22] although she returned for one night in 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the event.[23] During the month of October, Knott's Scary Farm generates half the revenue for Knott's Berry Farm's fiscal year.[citation needed]

Season of Screams is a DVD produced by an independent company which traces the beginnings of Halloween Haunt and the story behind how it all got started back in 1973. Season of Screams also highlights recent Halloween Haunts.

Winter Coaster Solace is an event that takes place in the first or second weekend of March every year when roller coaster enthusiasts can come before the park opens and stay after the park closes to ride the rides and eat at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. It is intended to provide "solace" to visitors from other parts of the country where theme parks and roller coasters are seasonal, not year-round operations like the Southern California parks. Knott's Berry Farm also used to give attendees behind the scenes tours of the rides.

Every year since 1991, Knott's has offered free admission to veterans and their families during the month of November. Originally started as a tribute to returning Gulf War veterans, they subsequently expanded it to include all Veterans and have run it every year since.

A Christmas event known as "Knott's Merry Farm" also happens annually. Previous Merry Farm events have included manufactured snow, handcrafts exhibits, and a visit with Santa Claus. This event was originally created by Gary Salisbury in the Fall of 1985.

Praise (festival) has been a Christian themed celebration presented many years as a mix-in special event of music and comedy on New Year's Eve.

Attraction/capital timeline[edit]

Calico Mine Ride opened in 1960.
Xceletator opened in 2002, featuring a 201 ft height and drop.
Pony Express opened in 2008.
Coast Rider and Surfside Gilders opened in May 2013 as part of the boardwalk expansion.

Food products[edit]

Knotts Berry Farm is served by Los Angeles Metro Express Line 460 which runs between Downtown Los Angeles, Norwalk & Disneyland.

The J.M. Smucker Company ceased selling jellies, jams, and preserves under the Knott's Berry Farms brand name in 2013, rebranding the produces under the Smucker's name.[25]

In November of 2013, Knott's Berry Farm began selling their "Berry Market" brand of preserves at the park. The Berry Market brand is all natural and uses the Knott family's original recipe. They are unable to use "Knott's" on the label, since Smucker's owns the rights to the name.

Public Transportation[edit]

There are a couple of public transportation buses which serve Knotts Berry Farm. OCTA bus lines: 29 &38 both stop at the front entrance of Knotts Berry Farm at Beach Blvd & La Palma Ave. Los Angeles Metro Express line: 460 operates between express service between Downtown LA, Knott's Berry Farm, and Disneyland. Service on Metro Express line 460 operates daily. It stops in front of Knotts Berry Farm at La Palma Ave. & Beach Blvd.

In popular culture[edit]

Photo Gallery[edit]

Main gallery: Knott's Berry Farm at WikiCommons

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "2012 Global Attractions Attendance Report". Themed Entertainment Association. 
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  4. ^ Kooiman, Helen, Walter Knott: Keeper of the Flame, pp. 171–84, Plycon Press, Fullerton, CA, 1973.
  5. ^ Salts, Christiane Victoria, Cordelia Knott: Pioneering Business Woman, pp. 75–78, The Literature Connection Books, Buena Park, CA, 2009.
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  7. ^ a b "Motorcycle Chase, Knott's Berry Farm, 1976" photograph of steeplechase-style roller coaster lift hill
  8. ^ "Motorcycle Chase, Knott's Berry Farm, 1976" photograph of steeplechase-style roller coaster with car ride combination.
  9. ^ "Knott's Mystery Lodge". BRC Imagination Arts. 
  10. ^ "Knott’s Berry Farm: Mystery Lodge". BRC Imagination Arts. 
  11. ^ a b "New For 2014: KNOTT'S ANNOUNCES MAJOR PLANS FOR 2014". Knott's Berry Farm. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Ratings assigned per Knott's Berry Farm, where "1" is the least intense and "5" is the most. See their "ride listing". Knott's Berry Farm.  for more specific details.
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  16. ^ a b "Cable Cars at Knott's Berry Farm" section of Cable Car Lines in Other California Cities by Joe Thompson.
  17. ^ "San Francisco California Street Cable Car Rosters." California Street Cable Cars.
  18. ^ Murray, Kathy (September 12, 1989). Metro. "Knott's Berry Farm pulling Corkscrew from its ride lineup // Prototype coaster is sold to Idaho amusement park". The Orange County Register (Evening ed.). p. B03. 
  19. ^ Morgan, Lily (February 22, 2010). "The Fascinating Story Of Mott’s Miniatures Museum". Articles Base. 
  20. ^ "Shop Page – Mott's Miniatures & Doll House Shop, Inc". Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Knott's Berry Farm's shuttered Windseeker ride to move to Missouri park". Southern California Public Radio. September 2, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ Cassandra Peterson's MySpace page Archived 24 July 2007 at WebCite
  23. ^ Fadroski, Kelli Skye (September 27, 2012). "Elvira returns to Knott's Halloween Haunt". The Orange County Register. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Knott's Berry Farm Announces New Additions". Cision Wire. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  25. ^ It's still jam, but it's no longer called Knott's
  26. ^ "Cartoon Network Gets Real." Turner Newsroom. Press release. May 21, 2009.

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