Check Out What’s #NewAtKnotts This Summer

Headed to check out the new Voyage to the Iron Reef 4-D ride at Knott’s Berry Farm? You’ll enjoy that ride and a whole lot more that’s new at Knott’s this summer.

Knotts Iron Reef

On the Voyage to the Iron Reef, guests become deep sea navigators by climbing aboard submarine-inspired ride vehicles and embarking on a four-minute gaming adventure into the Iron Reef. Equipped with an interactive freeze ray, riders defend Knott’s from the Kraken Queen and her aquatic army, blasting iron-clad 3-D sea creatures as they attempt to save the park from a watery doom. Through underwater forests, ocean current tunnels, and mechanical wreckage, high definition 3-D animation surrounds riders at every turn. Along the way, the submarines navigate 600 feet of track and 11 scenes featuring hundreds of media-based creatures and live action special effects.


Fun facts about Voyage to the Iron Reef: 1) The network cable that powers the screens is long enough to wrap around the Hollywood sign 85 times; 2) Riders can blast hidden medallions throughout the ride to score higher points; and 3) Easter eggs of various iconic treasures from Knott’s past are hidden throughout the ride and interact with the blast of a freeze ray (Hint: Look for the famous Roaring 20s sign!).

You’re also going to have to make plenty of time for everything else that’s new this summer:

Blockbuster Beagle!…on Ice at the Charles M. Schulz Theatre: Snoopy and his Peanuts buddies “go Hollywood” bringing Walk of Fame glamour, dazzling movie lot escapades and California excitement to a brand new ice show adventure. Performing June 13 through August 23, with no shows on Wednesdays.

Vertical Impact & Vertical Impact Geared Up Show: Vertical Impact, and the nighttime show, Vertical Impact Geared Up, is the ultimate blend of extreme stunts with high-flying acrobats. This high-energy show is set to the most popular songs of today, combining trampoline stunts, BMX bikes, skaters, dancers, and aerialists. “DJ Nytemadness” will keep the party going after each show while the cast joins the guests of all ages for a dance party. Performing June 13 – August 23, with no shows on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers at Camp Snoopy Theatre: Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody! Performing June 14 through September 1.

Peanuts Characters in Camp Snoopy

Big Band Swingin’ Sundays: Jump, jive, and swing to the sounds of Orange County’s best local big bands. Performing Sunday evenings from June 14 through August 30.

Boardwalk Dance Party at the Boardwalk Circle Stage: Dance ‘til you drop and wave your hands in the air until you just don’t care with DJ Howly, one of Orange County’s most requested “mixers & spinners.” Appearing Monday and Tuesday evenings from June 15 through August 25, plus September 7.

Ghost Town Streetmosphere: Ghost Town will be alive with townsfolk who will put you smack-dab in the middle of the Wild West. New residents who have put down stakes include Clem Culpepper, the ever hopeful gold miner; Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners; and Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent. Performing daily from June 13 through September 7.

Ghost Town Marshall

Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies at Birdcage Theatre: Things get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies perform their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, side splittin’ country comedy show. Performing Fridays through Mondays, June 13 through August 23. (No performances June 19, August 6, and August 29.)

Salsa Bands at the Fiesta Plaza Stage: Nothing says a party at the Fiesta Plaza stage better than the energy created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands. Performing Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings, June 13 through August 23. Additional performances August 29, 30 and September 5, 6, & 7

 The Ghost Town Miners at Spurs Stage: For a “Yeehaw” of a good time you won’t want to miss the Ghost Town Miners sing and play some of the best bluegrass this side of the Rio Grande! Performing Tuesdays through Thursdays, June 16 through August 20.

The Marshal Purdy Show at Birdcage Theatre: Come on in for some old fashioned, homespun fun that’s sure to tickle your fancy and bust your gut. Performing Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 17 through August 21.

The Big Fat Steve Band at Boardwalk Circle Stage:  Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band-The Kings of Kool is a fun, exciting dance band with rockabilly, swing and classic sounds. Peforming Wednesdays through Saturdays, June 13 through August 29. (Additional performances September 5 and 6.)

Calico Saloon Cancan Show at Calico Saloon: The Calico Saloon Show offers good old-fashioned bar room fun with dancin’ girls and plenty of sarsparilla. Performances daily, June 13 through September 30. (Additional performances September 5 – 7.)

Got all that? Basically, any day you go there will be something special going on… So don’t miss your chance this summer to defeat the Kraken and then party the day away!

Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620. Click for the full schedule of park hours.

Blogger disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.


Thrills and Chills on Knott’s “Voyage to the Iron Reef”

Ready to defend the Knott’s Berry Farm boardwalk from a horde of mysterious under-water dwellers? Better get crackin’…er…Kraken! At Knott’s spectacular new 4-D attraction, Voyage to the Iron Reef™, ride-goers become deep sea navigators who have to defeat the Queen Kraken and her army of iron-clad underwater creatures.

Voyage to the Iron Reef On-Ride 1The ride, set to open to the general public on Friday, May 15, puts riders on submarine-like cars and gives everyone a freeze-blaster, allowing riders to compete against each other for high score bragging rights. Through the four-minute ride, more than 40 high definition projectors on screens up to 69 feet long bring the steampunk-inspired world of the Iron Reef to life.

Voyage to the Iron Reef On-Ride 2

We had a chance to preview the ride this week with our young tween and it was genuinely a thrill a minute. Each time we went through (five, but who’s counting?) we had a slightly different experience with just as much fun. The ride is not scary in the sense of roller-coaster thrills, but the animation is dramatic and feels very realistic.


As you progress through the ride, you’ll find enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage. All told, your submarine will navigate 600 feet of track and 11 scenes featuring hundreds of 3-D animation-based creatures and live action special effects.


Voyage to the Iron Reef™ is a creative partnership between Knott’s and Triotech, the Montreal-based multisensory interactive attraction company that recently won two top industry awards for their work on Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland. It promises to be a major attraction for Knott’s as it heads into the busy summer months.


Also new this summer is an all-new retail shop, Nautilus (formerly Ride Warriors) adjacent to Voyage to the Iron Reef™, with a wide selection of steampunk- and underwater-themed merchandise; and the all-new Boardwalk Arcade, located directly beneath Voyage to the Iron Reef, with a fresh selection of popular video, redemption, and merchandise games, and a new reloadable game card system. Additionally, the laser tag compound inside Boardwalk Arcade will return later this summer with all-new twists, turns and new architectural features inspired by Voyage to the Iron Reef.

Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620. Click for the full schedule of park hours.

Blogger disclosure: I was given the opportunity to do an early preview of the ride. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Knott’s Merry Farm Offers Fun for the Whole Family

KBF Santa snoopyOn the first day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me…A Snoopy in a Christmas tree!
On the second day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me…Two chicken dinners and a Snoopy in a Christmas tree!

…On the 12th day of Christmas, Knott’s Merry Farm gave to me… 12 skaters skating, 11 artisans crafting, ten carolers caroling, nine storytellers spinning, eight miners mining, seven rides a-spinning, six kids a-laughing… five boysenberry piiiiiiiies…four maple lollipops, three jolly snowmen, two chicken dinners and a Snoopy in a Christmas tree!

Knott's Merry Farm LogoAre you ready for Knott’s Merry Farm? Because we’re so ready we’ve even started singing about it! Now in its 29th year, Knott’s Merry Farm is a seasonal celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm that brings all the warmth of old-time holiday traditions into a fun adventure for the family. The event, which runs from Nov. 22 through Jan. 4, includes park-wide lavish decorations, live entertainment, festive food, and a shopping wonderland filled with local artisans. Visiting Knott’s Merry Farm always gets our family in the holiday spirit – and in fact it’s is one of our family’s favorite days of the year!

KBF singersThis year’s celebration includes live entertainment such as the live ice spectacular “Merry Christmas, Snoopy,” along with Snoopy’s Merriest Tree Lighting, Engine 41 storytellers, local artisans and crafters in Christmas Craft Village, the Calico Carolers, and the Ghost Town Miners bluegrass quartet.

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa Claus, which is why the Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town is transformed into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season. Guests can take photos with Santa as well as enjoy Santa’s homemade cookies, a hot fudge sundae bar, hot chocolate topped with hand carved chocolate shavings, and winter wine and craft beer tastings paired with fresh fruit and cheese.

KBF craft fairOther seasonal treats around the park include fresh made-to-order Maple Lollipops, churros from the Churro Factory, cakes, cookies, muffins and gingerbread men in the Farm Bakery, as well as the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

All in all, it’s a great way to spend a day with the family. For admissions information, park hours, and directions, visit

Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes

2014 is still young, and there are still plenty of days (and special celebrations) to enjoy at Knott’s Berry Farm. Why not consider buying a season pass?

season passRegular season passes include unlimited admission for 2014, exclusive ride times on select rides during the summer, discounts to Knott’s Scary Farm, discounts on select food and merchandise, and more…and the season passes start at just 6 payments of $14 each. To upgrade to a gold pass, it’s just 6 payments of $17 each, and you get all of those benefits plus unlimited visits at Knott’s Soak City OC. Upgrade to the platinum pass (6 payments of $32 each) and you get all that plus free parking AND free admission to all of the Cedar Fair Parks.

Our family loves going to Knott’s Berry Farm at just about any time of year, whether it’s in the long lazy days of summer, or during the festive nights of winter. To show how much fun we have there all year long, we’ve compiled a list of our top five family fun moments at Knott’s Berry Farm. Counting down from Number 5:

5) Eating pie. We just can’t get enough of Mrs. Knotts’ famous chicken and biscuits, but it wouldn’t be a visit to Knott’s without some of her classic boysenberry pie. In fact, we could stop right here at #5 and just head out to Knott’s for that reason alone, but there’s more…

Knott's Berry Farm's boysenberry pie

Knott’s Berry Farm’s boysenberry pie

4) Coast Rider. There are roller coasters, and there are roller coasters. We love the new Coast Rider because it gives you a real sense of place. It’s like a giant thrill ride down the California coast – an experience you won’t have anywhere else. There’s a lot of adventure packed into 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and once it’s over you’ll keep lining up for more.

Riding high above the world on the Coastrider

Riding high above the world on the Coast Rider

3) Camp Spooky. We’ve enjoyed the super-scary thrills of Knott’s Scary Farm, but we’ve had just as much fun if not more at Camp Spooky, the kid-friendly thrill zone at Knott’s during Halloween season. This year our kids loved decorating Halloween cookies, getting creeped out by real-life creepy critters, and walking through the house of mirrors in Camp Spooky at Halloween. It’s a low-scare, high-fun adventure that sets just the right tone for the younger set.

House of Mirrors at Camp Spooky during Halloween

House of Mirrors at Camp Spooky during Halloween

2) Rides at Christmas. We love going to Knott’s during the Christmas season to enjoy the decorations and all of the special holiday features. But one hidden advantage to going to Knott’s in the colder months is getting in on all of the fun water rides while the crowds are smaller. This year we all donned raincoats on one cloudy morning and we rode the Log Ride over and over and over again (when everyone else thought it was “too cold”). Who says you can’t have some good water fun in the winter?

Timber Mountain Log Ride at Christmas

Timber Mountain Log Ride at Christmas

5) Family time at Wilderness Dance Hall. After a long day of rides and fun, there’s nothing we love more than hunkering down for a tasty snack, a warm drink, or a good show at Wilderness Dance Hall. Lots of happy memories here.

wilderness dance hall

Convinced yet? Now here’s a chance to win a four-pack of season passes to Knott’s Berry Farm. All the details are here on this Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass Contest page (must be 18 or older to win). Good luck and see you at Knott’s!

Knott’s Camp Spooky 2013

Camp Spooky logo with KnottsIt’s that time of year again…time to dress up, collect some sweets, and have a spooky (or not-so-spooky) good time. Knott’s Berry Farm is once again hosting Camp Spooky, a daytime, non-scare Halloween celebration at its Camp Snoopy kids’ activity zone during weekends in October.

Included in the theme park admission fee, a day at Camp Spooky includes:

  • “Snoopy’s Costume Contest,” where kids show off their costumes as they join a fun group of monsters and the PEANUTS characters in a parade through Camp Spooky.
  • “Charlie Brown’s Spooktacular Show”, in the Camp Spooky theater, which will have you singing and dancing to all your favorite Halloween tunes.
  • The Monster Factory, an interactive maze where the little ones create the things that go bump in the night.
  • Five trick-or-treating locations where kids can fill their complimentary goodie bags with sweet treats.
  • A “Creepy Crawly Critter Cave,” where Knott’s park naturalists will amaze with slithery, slimy, creepy, crawly critters.
  • “Scary Stories at the Lodge,” where master story tellers will spin the craziest, creepiest, silliest tales this side of the “Great Pumpkin Patch”.
  • “Kooky Cookie Painting” where you can decorate a cookie (for a small fee) with fun Halloween colors.

RT KBF Camp Spooky 12-6748Camp Spooky runs weekends October 5-27 and is included with regular park admission.  Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park, located at 8039 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, is open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.  For more information, call (714) 220-5200 or visit

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Knott’s Berry Farm Summer

One of our all-time favorite family amusement parks, Knott’s Berry Farm, has a lot more fun to offer this summer. The Knott’s Boardwalk now features three new rides that are guaranteed to please just about everyone in the family: the Coast Rider roller coaster, the Surfside Gliders aircraft ride, and the Pacific Scrambler spinning attraction.

knotts roller coasterOur new favorite is the Coast Rider, a ride that gives guests the sense of riding along the California coast, with a 52-foot ascent and 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin twists and turns. Scary? Maybe a little, but our six-year-old demanded to ride it again and again.

knotts log rideAlso new this summer is a multi-million dollar refurbishment of one of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, one of the country’s oldest and most popular log rides. The Timber Mountain Log Ride, first opened in 1969, is still one of the most elaborate in the country. The ride takes guests through an 85-foot-high by 330-foot-long mountain range themed to a nineteenth-century lumber camp. Housed in an eight-story building, it includes 24,000 gallons of water that circulates free floating logs past a variety of mechanical figures and  animals… all culminating in a wet and wild forty-two-foot free fall. It continues to be the most popular attraction in the park, carrying over 2.7 million guests every year.

Of course that’s just the start of it… The Knott’s Berry Farm property includes the Knott’s Berry Farm 160-acre theme park with dozens of rides, shows and attractions; the 321-room Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel; the Knott’s Marketplace shopping and dining area; and the 13-acre Knott’s Soak City Water Park. In other words, you can have just about all of your summer amusement park, dining, and soaking fun all in one place.

Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park CA 90620. (714) 220-5200. View the summer hours here.

Blogger disclosure: We were invited to attend a special morning at the park; however, we did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own.

Snoopy’s Costume Party

When most people think of Knott’s Berry Farm at Halloween they think about the super-scary Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt. But kids ages 3 to 11 can enjoy their own special Halloween fun at  Snoopy’s Costume Party in Camp Snoopy (known throughout Halloween as “Camp Spooky”).  

Snoopy’s Costume Party, which runs on weekends in October, offers loads of special non-scary treats for the littlest one in your family (don’t forget to bring them in costume!). As soon as kids arrive, they can get special trick-or-treat bags and a series of clues to lead them through the “Spookie Ookie Scavenger Hunt” for Halloween treats. (Your reading-aged kids will enjoy following the clues and trying to think them through; your littlest ones might just make a beeline for the trick-or-treat stops because they aren’t hard to find.)


At Grizzly Peak Lodge, they can enjoy silly stories in front of the “fire” and they can take part in special Halloween cookie decorating. There’s also plenty of fun waiting for them in the Great Pumpkin Hay Bale Maze, a maze that’s not too tricky or scary, and at the Creepy Crawly Critter Cave, where a naturalist will show them all sorts of slithery little critters.

In the afternoon, they can take part in Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Parade as they march through Camp Spooky and compete for special prizes. All of this is included in regular admission prices – and don’t forget that they can enjoy the rest of the park while they’re there too.

Snoopy’s Costume Party at Camp Spooky at Knott’s Berry Farm, weekends in October from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park 90620

Blogger disclosure: Knott’s treated us to a morning at Camp Spooky to enjoy Snoopy’s Costume Party with our kids.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Do you love spooky, creepy, and spine-tingling thrills? Have we got a scare for you! This year Knott’s Berry Farm is celebrating their 40th annual Halloween Haunt, in which the whole park is transformed at nighttime into “Knott’s Scary Farm.”

What’s so scary about an amusement park? As soon as you head in, your eyes start trying to focus in the dark amid all sorts of creepy fog effects and lighting. Inside you have a choice of 13 different terrifying mazes and 9 scary shows, plus some of the regular rides that are tricked out with extra-ghoulish features. Then, just when you think you’re safe, there are a whole bunch of creepy characters who pop out at you from every corner throughout the park. At one point walking down the pathway we thought we were looking at a ghostly statue, until she suddenly sprang to live and started chasing people down the path. Yikes!

The Halloween Haunt is a special ticket event not covered by regular Knott’s Berry Farm admission or a Knott’s Season Pass. Ticket prices are $36 – $52 pre-sale online and $60 on the day of event. For “Trapped,” Knott’s reservation-only, interactive maze , the cost is $60 per reservations with up to 6 guests per party. If you want to get a jump on the evening, you can sign up for the pre-haunt “Boo-fet” (prices starting at $21.95) before the Haunt opens for the night.

So what’s inside the scary attractions? We had a chance to sample a few:

Trick or Treat – This is a classic haunted house, in which each room of the “house” has something ready to jump out and terrify you. Try not to be the person who is asked to sit at the dining room table (like I did…and nearly jumped six feet in the air!).

Dominion of the Dead – Is is possible to have a soothing haunted house? This one is eerie in a dreamlike way, with the ethereally haunting music to match. To give you an extra shiver up your spine, some of the costumed actors reach out and tickle you lightly with a feather.

Delirium – All of your creepiest and grossest nightmares come to life in this haunted house. Cockroaches, slimy bugs, walking over dead bodies, squeezing through tight spaces…this one’s got it all.

Dia de los Muertos – This “Day of the Dead”-themed attraction is eerie in a fun house sort of way. Brightly colored creatures pop out at you from every corner and at one point you have to feel your way through a room filled with hanging skeletons. Don’t forget those 3-D glasses for an added effect!

End Games – Do you like your haunted houses sick, twisted, and bloody? Great! This one’s for you! Think chainsaws, grinders, torture…Plus, if you’re too scared to visit, you can also get your thrills watching other people get scared out of their minds. Check out Endgames Live! on Livestream during Haunt hours.

The Haunt is open from now through Halloween on Friday/Saturday nights from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Thursday/Sunday nights from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am. Regular park admissions close after 5:30 pm on Haunt days. Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park CA 90620.

Knott’s Berry Farm treated us to an evening at Knott’s Scary Farm; we did not receive compensation. All photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Knott’s Berry Farm Food

Have you been to Knott’s Berry Farm lately? Sure, you may go for the rides and expect to eat some fried chicken, but you’d be surprised at the food variety that awaits you. There’s a new menu featuring meatball sandwiches, ribs, bruschetta, black bean burgers, Hawaiian ahi poke on wonton crisps… In fact, we dare you to leave hungry!

To read more about all of the new food options at Knott’s, (and to learn a little Knott’s history) please check out our story on Jolly Tomato. (And yes, that’s a piece of boysenberry pie in the photo, and no matter what you enjoy for dinner, there’s always room for some of that pie.)