Photos In Wonderland – Knott’s Berry Farm After Dark

Written by Rustin Peece. Posted in Destinations, Features, Knott's Berry Farm, Photos In Wonderland, Southern California Parks

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Published on March 09, 2013 at 10:59 pm with 7 Comments

Welcome back to another of our brief digital photo ‘excursions.’ Let’s have a look where we are off to this time!

Knott’s Berry Farm was founded on the back of a ‘wonder berry’ and a renowned chicken dinner restaurant. Knott’s may not match Disneyland in the modern day for whole-park ambiance and sophistication of attractions, but it still always manages to please and entertain me. Spending an evening in the park (reduced entrance rates in the off-season after 4 p.m.!) combined with a nice dinner is a little slice of theme park magic.

A notable element of Ghost Town are the ‘peek-ins’ placed inside various buildings, such as inside the Assay Office and Laundry pictured here. Take a close look when you visit and see what’s happening!

Over by the Knife Shop and Birdcage Theater, you’ll find this false facade for the town ‘Toy Shop’.

Even small details around the Farm have a lot of character and detail, as with this ice cream shop sign designed by original park concept designer and artist Paul von Klieben.

This rather evocative and serene still life can be found over at the exit of the superb ‘Mystery Lodge’ attraction.

The Timber Mountain Log Ride practically sparkles at night, with the reflections off the water.

If browsing a collection of antique hearses elsewhere in the park, keep a wary eye open – this ‘corpse’ might just sit up suddenly to have a look back at you!

Over at Camp Snoopy, during the summer months, many glowing lights and nighttime elements are added for Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular.

As Scoutmaster Snoopy tells his charges a spooky story, projection ghosts move across this rock face.

Want a light up sword, necklace or 3D glasses to join in on all the lighttastic elements? Knott’s is glad to help you out!

How about a night-time excursion on the classic Calico Mine Ride?

The mid-point of the tour of the Calico mining operation is the lovely rainbow caves found at the top of a lift hill – I can practically hear the water dripping and the organ music now, can’t you?

Back on the streets of Ghost Town, it’s pretty empty and quiet – must have gotten later than we thought. Looks like it’s time to saddle up and head on out for a bite to eat, bid goodnight to this little Western town Walter created. But wait, what’s that in the distance…?

A strange fog has rolled in all of thed sudden, and eerie noises and shrieks can be heard in the distance, getting louder: familiar sights and sounds to any lover of Knott’s Scary Farm. But we’ll have to wait for that, the season isn’t quite right for a haunting.

Thank you for reading along with us on this installment of Photos In Wonderland, and please remain seated until the column comes to a full and complete stop! We hope to see you again soon.

About Rustin Peece

Photographer, horror enthusiast, professional cook, collector of old junk and morbid curiosities. Overly enthusiastic about area music, set-dressing and the obscure and historical as it pertains to the Disney theme park experience.

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  • Zeathos51

    I didn’t know about the discount after 4pm, I’ll have to check that out. I love Disneyland but Knott’s is at the top for me because I feel more at home there. It’s like the holesome village right outside of the large kingdom. I’ve made it a habbit to visit the geode shop at the end. My absolute favorite thing about Knotts is when I can’t afford to go in which is often the case, I can enjoy the shops, restaraunt and liberty square. As great as Downtown Disney is, it’s hard to make it an independent stop. Whenever I’m in Orange county, I stop by Knotts Berry Farm. I also love stoping by Long Beach with the Queen Mary, Seaport Village, the Aquarium and Rancho Los Alamitos.

  • Knott’s is really atmospheric after dark, especially Ghost Town. Thank you for the photos!

  • MrsMonroe

    Love it!

  • victoriaskitten

    Thank you for posting. These pictures are beautiful and make me want to go again. I haven’t been there since the 80′s before it was sold away from the family. I loved it then.

  • LoveStallion

    Knott’s often has great discounts. Go in January, when they partner with the OC Food Bank and you can get in for something like $15 if you bring a canned good of some kind. Sure, the hours are short, but the park is so incredible dead, you’ll be bored after four hours from having ridden every attraction multiple times before lunch. It’s a great deal and one of my favorite times to visit the park.

    I love the Ghost Town photos. I think the only downside to this is that “Knott’s After Dark” really pretty much only works around Ghost Town. I don’t exactly see any photos of Fiesta Village or whatever the Roaring 20s/Boardwalk/Who Knows area. But I love Ghost Town and I love its history.

    I think one of the greatest ironies of Knott’s is that when Disney tried to buy them in the early 90s for Disney’s America, Knott’s balked, assuming Disney would trash the history of the place and basically ruin it.

    And then they sold out to Cedar Fair and, well….

  • Uncle Bob

    Nice photos and essay, thanks. Knott’s still has a lot of its charm, but its definitely not as good as it used to be. Nighttime definitely masks some of the mistakes that have been made and makes the park look great. It’s a mixed bag on their current direction though. Its great that they’re doing the refurb on Timber Mountain and supposedly Calico as well and generally improving maintenance, but I don’t really get this cheap Boardwalk project.

    It’s good that they recognized the need for more family attractions and that back corner of the park really needs some new life. But the mad-mouse coaster looks ok, but it’s nothing that’s going to be a real draw to the park. And the park has a lot of flat rides, I don’t think those additional ones are all that necessary. I really wish they had instead done a themed small coaster to bring back what they lost with the Soap Box Racers. Let’s hope the coaster is better then I’m assuming. But the park really needs a new dark ride too. Somehow that loss more than anything changes the Knott’s experience for me.

  • darkamor

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures which continue to illustrate the charm of Knott’s Berry Farm (no its not Disneyland, it will never be – but it offers certain things that Disneyland does not – such as an affordable late afternoon) ….

    C J