Knotts Berry Farm is an amusement park located in Southern California in Buena Park. It’s on the 5 freeway north of Disneyland. It’s $51.99 for an adult and $22.99 for children, 3-11. They also charge $22.99 for seniors, 62+. The rates are reasonable compared to Disneyland fees. ($69.00 for 10 and up, and $59.00 for children, 3-9) With such a price difference and tougher economic times, Knotts certainly offers a more affordable time.
Currently, Knotts is offering a promotion for police and fire personal. From November 27 to December 21, 2008, all police and fire along with a guest get in for free. Police and fire personnel can then buy up to six tickets for $15.00 each.
Knotts’s current theme is “Knotts Merry Farm,” and the park is decorated for the Christmas season. The amusement park features the Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schultz. Just recently, my family and I had the opportunity to visit. We had a great time and it was definitely a great visit for the price.
The park opened up at ten a.m. It was the day after Thanksgiving and the park filled up fast. We got in using our police discounts and didn’t have any problems. The weather was in the sixties. It was a little chilly and windy so we all wore light jackets. The kids wanted to check out the rides in Camp Snoopy so we went there first. There was a small train for the kids, Red Baron flying airplanes, Woodstock’s mailbox, and GR8 SK8, which is like a big see-saw. The rides were well marked for height and the appropriate thrill factor. The lines were a little long, not unreasonable, but too long for an impatient two-year-old.
Knotts has a great selection of roller coasters for those who love high intensity thrills. One of their new coasters is the “Sidewinder” in which the rider twists in their seat as they shoot through the ride. Knotts also has a log flume which is fun for five and up. The climb isn’t too steep and the drop will make you yell.
There was a nativity when you first enter the park next to a mural of the Peanuts gang in the snow. We stayed to watch the parade at 4:30. That also featured the Peanuts characters and Santa. In the ghost town area of the park, there were several buildings selling folksy Christmas crafts, ornaments, and gifts offered by independent vendors. Santa was available for the children. We ate lunch at the Ghost Town Grill. It was a sit down restaurant. The food was good, if not a little pricy. Knotts has a reputation for offering up a savory fried chicken meal and for selling boysenberry treats that are well received. The line for their famous chicken restaurant was over two hours long that night!
My son had an opportunity to pan for gold and everyone had a chance to ride the gold miner’s train. What I liked about Knotts was that it had a little something for everyone. There were plenty of attractions for little children and exiting rides for the bigger kids. The souvenir shops were reasonably priced.