Knott’s Berry Farm Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With Grand Summer-Long Celebration

In 2020, Knott’s Berry Farm will present “A Knott’s Family Reunion,“ a summer- long event paying tribute to the Knott family’s transcendent history by celebrating the last 100 years of memories in the making.

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The Knott family’s American dream began in the berry fields of Buena Park from a curbside berry stand in 1920 and grew into the world-renowned theme park it is today. What started with a humble farm evolved into a premier destination that has come to witness 100 years of historical and timeless memories shared among friends, neighbors and families from around the world.

To commemorate Knott’s Berry Farm’s milestone anniversary, the park will present “A Knott’s FamilyReunion,” a summer-long event paying tribute to Knott’s history and legacy of family fun. Guests will be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration featuring festive park décor, themed food items, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise and special surprises along the way, all paying homage to the nostalgia that surrounds the historic theme park. Details about the exciting 100th anniversary celebration festivities will be announced in the coming months.

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Background
Nearly 100 years ago, the Knott family settled in the community of Buena Park and began farming 20 acres of land on Highway 39, now known as Beach Blvd. Around 1930, Walter and Cordelia Knott came upon what eventually Walter named the boysenberry – a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and

blackberry – a new hybrid originally developed by Rudolph Boysen, for whom the berry got its name. While Boysen had no luck bringing the berry to market, Walter did, acquired it from Boysen and today, the roots of the boysenberry can be traced back solely to Knott’s Berry Farm.

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner
To make ends meet during the Great Depression, Cordelia Knott started selling jams and jellies madefrom Walter’s boysenberries and in 1934, served her first chicken dinner meals on her very own wedding china, charging just 65 cents. Through word of mouth, locals and visitors from around the state began stopping by to enjoy the famous fried chicken dinner meals. To entertain the hundreds of customers lining up at the restaurant for a chicken dinner meal, and to pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents along with his love of the Old West, Walter built a working Ghost Town, eventually becoming the first of Knott’s Berry Farm’s four themed areas. Slowly Walter brought in relics from other deserted ghost towns and Knott’s Ghost Town as it exists today emerged, becoming the heart and soul of the park. The Knott’s vision and imagination led to the creation of the themed areas that celebrate California’s vast history and landscape. Through hard work and dedication, Walter and Cordelia, along with their four children, created a special place for families to come together to build lasting memories. The “Knott’s Family Reunion” will be the biggest celebration the park has ever hosted to date.

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“The Knott family vision and values led to the birth of Knott’s Berry Farm, and through this milestonecelebration it is our opportunity to honor the last 100 years of remarkable memories that have shaped our history,” said Jon Storbeck, General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm. “The 100th-anniversarycelebration embraces the farm’s rich history and signifies the importance of the Knott family’scommitment to building a place for generations of guests to create lifelong memories.”

The best way to enjoy all of the fun offered during the 100th anniversary celebration at Knott’s along with all of the other exciting Seasons of Fun events is with a 2020 Season Pass. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold SeasonPass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Knott’s Season passes are now available at the best offer of the year. Regular Passes are $99 or eleven easy payments of $8.00 after an initial payment and Gold Passes are $120 or

eleven easy payments of just $9.50 after an initial payment. These offers end on October 27, 2019. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

For more information about next year’s milestone celebration and Knott’s Season Passes, please visitknotts.com. Join the conversation about the newly announced event at Knott’s this year by using #Knotts100 or #AKnottsFamilyReunion.

About Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:

What began as a roadside berry stand and chicken dinner restaurant in the 1920s has evolved intoKnott’s Berry Farm, one of Southern California’s most popular theme park destinations combiningworld-class thrill rides with traditional family favorite attractions and entertainment. Knott’s is also home to Knott’s Soak City Water Park, Knott’s Marketplace, and the full-service Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. It also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Timber Mountain Log Ride Celebrates 50 th Anniversary!

The Timber Mountain Log Ride opened at Knott’s Berry Farm on July 11th, 1969,as one of the first flume rides in the U.S. Designed and created by theme park pioneer, Bud Hurlbut. The ride’s legendary theming and finale drop were credited as the first of its kind when it debuted back in ’69 and raised the bar forthemed attractions across the country. The Log Ride has delighted guests for 50 years, with a splash worthy adventure through a 330-foot long mountain that houses a 19th-century lumber camp. In 2013 the Log Ride underwent an extensive restoration which included new audio-animatronics created by Garner Holt Productions. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the Log Ride will be debuting two new animatronics which will be installed by July 11th. To honor this impressive milestone, the park will be selling exclusive Timber Mountain Log Ride anniversary merchandise featuring limited edition t-shirts, pins and one-of- a-kind signed artwork pieces created by artist Jeff Delgado (a limited run available), from July 10th – July 14th available at a booth located next to the ride. Also, on July 11th, guests entering the park will receive a commemorative button to mark the special occasion, while supplies last.

 

Fun Facts about the Timber Mountain Log Ride:

  • Cordelia Knott Christening Log Ride
  • Opened on July 11, 1969. Christened by Cordelia Knott with a bottle of Boysenberry Juice.
  •  The first rider was screen legend and friend of Walter Knott, John Wayne
  •   The ride is 330 feet long
  •   8 stories high
  •  42 foot drop into a heart-pounding splash
  •   Reaches 30 miles an hour

Calico River Rapids Invites Adventurers to Climb Aboard Starting Friday, May 17, 2019!


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On the outskirts of Calico, a new expedition in an uncharted territory awaits eager explorers with the debut of the park’s newest attraction, Calico River Rapids. Opening on Friday, May 17th, the new white water raft ride takes explorers on a search for new land where indigenous wildlife, treacherous roaring rapids, dynamic water effects plus a variety of wild surprises will be encountered along the way. The attraction comes to life with new animatronics and special effects designed and manufactured by Garner Holt Productions, Inc.

2018 BRINGS NEW EXPERIENCES TO KNOTT’S BERRY FARM INCLUDING THE DEBUT OF THE FIRST DIVE COASTER ON THE WEST COAST, HANGTIME!

Guests can Experience all of Knott’s Seasons of Fun With a 2018 Season Pass on Sale now

for the Lowest Price of the Year

Buena Park, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm has several new additions in store for 2018 including

the debut of the first dive coaster on the West Coast, HangTime, along with the introduction of

the all new Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, an expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and a

brand new storyline for Ghost Town Alive!. A 2018 season pass offers year-round visits to the

park with no blackout dates and is the best way to experience all of Knott’s Seasons of Fun

throughout the year. Here’s what guests can expect to see at the farm starting next year.

Knott’s Berry Farm will kick off its 2018 Seasons of Fun with the addition of the all-new Knott’s

PEANUTS Celebration, uniquely dedicated to celebrating the beloved PEANUTS characters.

Guests can join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the PEANUTS Gang as the

park celebrates the world that Charles M. Schulz created. The park will be adorned with

Peanuts inspired décor, new character experiences, comic strip inspired photo opportunities,

deliciously themed-treats and new whimsical shows. The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration will

take place weekends starting January 27 through February 25, 2018, plus Presidents’ Day.

The yummiest season at the Farm keeps growing each year and in 2018 the Knott’s

Boysenberry Festival is expanding to 24 days dedicated to celebrating the historic little berry

that started it all. The event will offer countless one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes

created in-house by the Knott’s culinary team. Each year the menu ranges from deliciously

sweet desserts to zesty savory dishes, plus tasty beverages all bursting with scrumptious

boysenberry flavors. The event offers a wonderful tasting experience for everyone to indulge in

and features world-class entertainment, music, activities for the whole family, a wine and local

craft beer tasting garden, and so much more. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival begins March

16, 2018 through April 8, 2018 and is included with park admission.

Summertime at Knott’s will invite thrill seekers to climb aboard HangTime, the first dive coaster

on the West Coast. HangTime will send riders up a vertical lift hill into a 15-story 96-degree

drop – the steepest drop in California. The coaster’s train will come to a halt and will leave

riders suspended for several seconds before descending in a beyond-vertical drop, through

2,189 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions. HangTime will be only the second

rollercoaster in the Western Hemisphere to feature a negative-g stall loop, which gives riders

the sensation of floating. HangTime’s ride structure itself will come to life and illuminate the

Boardwalk area with colorful nighttime track chase lighting that will accompany the coaster

train, as it travels across the track. The new dive coaster is set to open at Knott’s in Summer

2018.

The park’s interactive summer story of the Wild West, Ghost Town Alive!, continues with a

brand new storyline that takes a wild turn for the townsfolks of Calico during summer 2018. At

the end of this past summer’s story, the characters of Ghost Town Alive! discovered gold inside

the Calico Mine and next summer’s story explodes as everyone in town is in the middle of a

Gold Rush. Guests are invited to become a part of the action by joining the hunt with the local

cowboys, cowgirls, shopkeepers and the rest of the townsfolk. Ghost Town Alive! will offer new

adventures, roles, characters and entertainment that will delight guests of all ages during the

wildest season at the farm.

The Seasons of Fun festivities continue through fall and winter for guests and passholders with

the two family celebrations of Knott’s Spooky Farm and Knott’s Merry Farm. Knott’s Spooky

Farm is the daytime family-friendly Halloween celebration which takes place weekends in

October. Knott’s Merry Farm provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s holiday memories

with a park transformation that surrounds you with the glorious sights, sounds and scents of

the holiday season with classic shows, seasonal treats and so much more.

A 2018 Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the new and exciting additions coming

to Knott’s. With a 2018 Season Pass you will get to enjoy all of the Seasons of Fun next year plus

you can use your pass for one free admission in 2017. Season Passes are on sale now for the

Lowest Price of the Year! A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’

s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in

2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no

blackout dates. Regular passes are just $92 or six easy payments of $15.33 and Gold Passes are

$110 or six payments of just $18.33. These offers end January 7, 2018. Applicable taxes and

fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Celebrate the Holidays at Knott’s Merry Farm from Nov. 17, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

 Joy is in Season again at Knott’s. From November 17 through January 7, Knott’s Merry Farm provides the perfect backdrop for your family’s holiday memories with a park transformation that surrounds you with the glorious sights, sounds and scents of the season. Guests of all ages can enjoy classic shows like Merry Christmas, Snoopy!, the festive ice show. Stroll through the merry streets of Calico for unique seasonal treats that can’t be found anywhere else, traditional live Christmas Carolers, a Christmas Crafts Village offering unique and personalized gift ideas, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, the enchanting Snow and Glow show with nightly falling snow set to thousands of sparkling lights and traditional Christmas music, plus so much more.  

Charming holiday shows remain at the core of the Knott’s Merry Farm experience and continue to delight. Audiences can dance and sing along to the live performance of It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown at the Calico Mine Stage. The Peanuts Gang star in this toe-tapping, merry musical sure to bring out the Christmas joy in all. Select dates, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018.  

 

The seasonal live entertainment continues with special showings of the breathtaking ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! starring the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world-class ice skaters. In this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the Christmas Ball! Showing select dates, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018 at the Charles M. Schultz Theatre.

 

Brand new this year, our culinary team is introducing the Christmas Pizza, a dish that deliciously combines the exquisite flavors of a holiday meal into one perfect bite. The Christmas Pizza, which can be found at Hollywood Hits, has soft dough covered with holiday toppings like sliced turkey, stuffing, turkey gravy and sweet cranberry sauce. Santa’s Christmas Cabin opens its doors to spread the joy of the holidays through delicious seasonal food items and a visit with the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Guests can indulge in one-of-a-kind seasonal treats like freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine, plus new offerings such as hand-made chicken and beef tamales. Knott’s world-famous holiday treats including delectable homemade holiday churros can be found throughout the park.

 

Families visiting Camp Snoopy won’t want to miss the holiday show, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas, performing daily at the Camp Snoopy Theater. The Peanuts Gang offer their take and unique wisdom on surviving the holidays, while singing you a mashup of their favorite holiday tunes.

 

Holiday shoppers can stroll through Ghost Town’s Christmas Crafts Village featuring dozens of local artisans selling their unique crafts and gifts. Also available in Ghost Town, inside the historic Bird Cage Theatre, Knott’s melodrama company brings to life Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi. Performances available on select dates, November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018. The Birdcage Theatre is also home to the toe-tappin’, hand-clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies who continue their Knott’s Merry Farm residency this holiday season on select nights. 

 

As the night falls on Ghost Town, the town twinkles brightly to the beat of holiday songs as snow gently falls. With the nightly Snow and Glow, everyone can experience the magic of the holidays as the town is covered with snow, a sight that can’t be missed.

 

The perfect stocking stuffer is now on-sale. A 2018 Season Pass includes one free visit to enjoy Merry Farm in 2017, unlimited visits in 2018 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Now at the lowest price of the year, Regular Season Passes start at just $92.00 or six easy payments of $15.33 and Gold Season Passes are $110 or six payments of just $18.33. These offers end January 7, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm please visit knotts.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smartphone. Join the festive conversation using the holiday hashtag #MerryFarm.

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About Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:

What began as a roadside berry stand and chicken dinner restaurant in the 1920’s has evolved into Knott’s Berry Farm, one of Southern California’s most popular theme park destinations combining world-class thrill rides with traditional family favorite attractions and entertainment. Knott’s is also home to Knott’s Soak City WaterPark, Knott’s Marketplace, and the full-service Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see http://www.cedarfair.com.

Ghost Town Alive! Returns, along with New Live Entertainment, Music, and More this Summer!

image004Starting May 27th through September 4th, Ghost Town Alive! returns to Knott’s Berry Farm for another action-packed summer complete with bandits, cowboys, robberies, judges, a good ol’ western hoedown, and much more! Guests can visit the beloved town of Calico and experience an authentic western adventure by becoming a star in this summer’s story of the Wild West, where the power to unlock adventures is in the hands of every guest.

This summer, the story continues a year after the notorious Mayfield Gang escaped the custody of Sheriff Wheeler. Word around town is the Mayfield’s have been spotted back in Calico and the townsfolk are in need of some help in capturing the bandits and keeping the town safe. Ghost Town Alive! will offer guests a firsthand experience to play an important part in this unfolding story of the wild west, with specific tasks and activities and an essential role as an honorary citizen of Calico.
“Ghost Town Alive! has taken Knott’s summer entertainment and the idea of ‘playing in a theme park’ to a whole new level. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to not just interact with the citizens of Calico, but will have the ability to influence how the story takes shape,” said Jon Storbeck, General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm. “Our Entertainment team has been working all year in developing new storylines, adding new characters and activities that make up the lively town of Calico”.

Along with the return of Ghost Town Alive! The park will also debut Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue, a jaw-dropping magic show starring the World’s Most Famous Beagle, Snoopy and showcasing the mystifying and amazing magic of Magician Extraordinaire Greg Wilson! The whole PEANUTS GANG will amaze and confound with their magical exploits and lavish musical production numbers in this family friendly show! And who knows, guests might find themselves part of the act! Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue will mesmerize on select dates, staring June 10 – August 20 in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. (Dark Wednesdays)

The circus returns to town! The renowned “Traveling Circus” returns for another season of exhilarating performances. Set on the Calico Mine stage in Ghost Town, come witness a spectacle; see awe-inspiring stunts, and death defying acrobatics in “Circus of Wonders.” The astonishing 30 minute spectacular will be action packed with all-time favorite circus attractions such as the Trapeze, Tightrope, Aerial Acrobatics, Trampoline, and of course, clowns, incorporating lighting and pyrotechnics, making this nighttime show a totally unique event! Select dates, June 10 – August 20.

The live entertainment continues with the explosive Wild West Stunt Show and the high kickin’ Calico Saloon Show, all in Ghost Town. At the Wagon Camp Stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more! In the evening a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos!

Knott’s also invites guests to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend and Labor Day weekend at the park for a special nighttime firework display. The Buena Park skyline will glow with a brilliant fireworks show on May 28th, July 1-2 & 4, and September 3rd, exclusively at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Guests can experience Ghost Town Alive! and much more with a 2017 season pass. A Knott’s Regular Season Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited 2017 admission to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark with six thrilling new slides and an all new family raft ride.

VR Showdown in Ghost Town

 

Get ready to enter a time machine and go back in time to defend the town of Calico from an army of robots! This new attraction is not only action packed and so much fun, but it is also brining the innovation of Virtual Reality to a theme park setting. When Tim and I tried this attraction this past Tuesday evening, our minds were blown away!

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There is so much love and care for the park that went into this attraction. When you are in the queue, there are easter eggs for Knotts fans to discover and there you can watch the pre-show and learn the backstory of the adventure you will embark on. The details are so amazing! For those of you worried about a theming clash by having a Ghost Town attraction in Boardwalk, Don’t You Fear! The facade, queue and attraction falls in theming continuity with Iron Reef with steam punk elements. It honestly feels like an extension of the Iron Reef world, so it fits in PERFECTLY inside the Boardwalk Arcade.IMG_4013wtmkIMG_4010wtmk

Then you are escorted to your time traveling pod by scientists who are experts in the field of time travel and the space time continuum. They prepare you for what is to come by equipping you with your VR headset, headphones and your weapon. I am not going to spoil the actual experience for you but all I can say is it is fully immersive, thrilling, and so much fun! When Tim and I were screaming at the surprises, yelling at the things coming right at us, and I even went “pew pew” mimicking the laser gun in my hand. LOL. We REALLY got into it.

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The technology will leave you astounded and in awe. In this attraction, you are free to move around freely to battle the robots. It honestly feels like you are transported into the wild west of Calico, any way you turn there are enemies all around you. No worries about running into your friends or into anything while you are playing, you can clearly tell within the experience where your friends and where the boundaries are. You can stand, crouch, back away, dodge, and move around the space as you want and need to. Tim and I were on the floor at times, LOL. This is a one of a kind VR system and as it is stated in Knotts’ press release, “No consumer VR platform allows multiple users to move around this large of a play space, and WITHOUT the limitation of cables connecting users to the PCs, players are free to move around each other and the space to take advantage of the full-motion nature of the system.”

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Here are a couple of tips from us that we learned and hope that it will assist you on your mission to save our beloved Calico! The glowing power ups that appear, to access them you must swipe your weapon through it, don’t shoot it. Follow the objectives you are assigned while you are on your mission, it will help you succeed. And above all, don’t get hit by the enemies or debris created by the chaos, you WILL lose points. Also, don’t move past the grids, when you play it, you will understand.

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This is truly a unique experience that you can only can only experience at Knott’s Berry Farm! This is the VERY FIRST Free Roaming VR Experience and it is so mind blowing. Wow, how far technology has come. We HIGHLY recommend you experience this New attraction, it is so Worth the upcharge! Have fun with it, Tim and I were all over the place and having a blast. It is a blast to the past, hehhehehhehehehhehe. Fans of Knott’s Berry Farm, thrill seekers, video game lovers, theme park lovers, and so many people will love this. We are definitely going to go through this attraction again and again! And here is the great part about playing it multiple times, the experience will change every time… and hey, you can even try to beat that high score.