Knott’s Berry Bloom

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in In the Parks, Knott's Berry Farm

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Published on April 11, 2014 at 3:00 am with 13 Comments

Today, In the Parks visits Knott’s Berry Farm as they get ready to kick off the wonderful Berry Bloom event.  What is the Berry Bloom?  It’s a springtime festival of food, crafts and music that has become one of our favorite events of the year.  We will tell you all about Berry Bloom, which opens Saturday, April 12th.  We’ll also share the wonderful improvements happening all over the park.  The Calico Mine Train is under refurbishment right now and is on track to reopen this summer with impressive new animatronics. Camp Snoopy is also under refurbishment and is aiming to open this summer as well.  Around the park things look shiny and bright, with a sense of renewal in the air as springtime approaches.

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Berry Bloom

The Berry Bloom is returning to Knotts Berry Farm this year from April 12-27th. Last year was the first for this event, which was surprisingly good. Greatly expanded for 2014, Berry Bloom is a colorful, homespun berry festival that features the park’s amazing food, music and new live entertainment. We visited the park as they were setting things up for the weekend kick off.  What you see in the pics below isn’t the finished product, but a preview of things to come this weekend.

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This year, Knotts is planning on going back to their roots.  As part of Berry Bloom, Ghost Town will be the location of the Ghost Town Boysenberry Festival.  Here they will be recreating the original Knott’s Berry stand where you can buy your very own Boysenberry bush.  In fact, near Silver Bullet they have planted rows of Boysenberry vines in the remaining farmland under the attraction.

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This is just about ten shades of awesome.

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Over in Ghost Town, the Main Street is getting all spiffed up.  Booths have popped up in various spots where arts and crafts will be sold.

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Foliage is coming back to life here giving areas of the park a very lush feel.

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On Main Street, Ol’ Betsy has been overtaken by a fecund display of flowers and oversized berries.

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Peanuts Party In The Park

One of our absolute favorite entertainment offerings from last year’s Berry Bloom returns to Charleston Circle in the Boardwalk area of the park.  Peanuts Party in the Park was an infectiously fun 20 minute live stage show held in the round.  This year it has gotten much larger and more permanent.  See the progress on the stage for yourself.

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Just WOW!

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Looking at the platform we see there are some plexiglass sections.  We think these are for the nighttime show which occupies the same stage.

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There are fresh flowers in the baskets too!

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The rigging for the lights are covered in flowers.

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Nearby planters are decorated as well.

But there is a LOT more coming for Berry Bloom.  The Wilderness Dance Hall will again be home to a spectacular array of gourmet food and wine offerings from around the world.  We simply cannot wait to head to Knott’s this Saturday for the second Annual Berry Bloom.  Be sure to check back on MiceChat Sunday morning for a full review of the event along with pics and video.

Camp Snoopy

Now let’s stroll through Camp Snoopy to see how the work there is coming along.  They are currently in the process of refurbishing this special section of the park as it will soon celebrate its 30 year anniversary.

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Despite the construction, Snoopy is still there with welcoming arms!

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Below is the artist concept released by Knott’s when the renovation of the land was announced. Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer invites campers to “fly a kite” with Charlie Brown and soar above the land’s winding paths and babbling streams – but watch out for the kite-eating tree! This 32-passenger adventure allows guests to sit side-by-side on 16 swings for a spin that whisks riders up to 18 feet above the ground. As the tree rises, good ol’ Charlie Brown is revealed upside down and all tied up in kite string! Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer will replace Snoopy Bounce.

Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies lets tykes climb aboard their very own all-terrain vehicle for an adventurous ride around the High Sierras. Six four-seater ATVs will spin, bounce, and bump up to 24 guests at a time, while Pig Pen looks on from his center perch. Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies will replace Log Peeler.

Linus Launcher recreates that classic Peanut’s moment when Snoopy grabs Linus’ blanket and launches him on a wild ride. On Linus Launcher, guests lay on one of twelve “blankets” as they fly round and round. Up to 24 guests lay side-by-side while Snoopy launches them up almost 10 feet in the air. Guests will enjoy a Woodstock’s-eye view of Huff ‘n Puff, The Grizzly Creek Lodge, and all of Camp Snoopy below! Linus Launcher will replace Charlie Brown’s Speedway.

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Here we first encounter the space previously taken by GR8 SK8.  Things are all torn up here.

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Looking through the construction walls at the main thoroughfare of the land, we see plenty of path work.

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Looking down from the nearby restaurant we get a close look at the waterfalls and rock work.  Let’s hope that they will be getting the attention they deserve.  So far it doesn’t seem like much has been touched in this spot.

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Looking at the upcoming attractions we don’t see too much progress just yet.  But it’s still pretty early on.

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Linus Launcher looks to have its foundation set.

On the other end of Camp Snoopy, a few of the old rides are still open while construction walls weave a very tight path through the site.

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Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies is just beginning to start work.

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THANK GOODNESS! Huff and Puff is staying! It’s a Camp Snoopy classic and the kids love it.

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Here, at the former site of the Snoopy Bounce House, we will now have Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer.

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Fish Pond Break!

Let’s take a quick break and enjoy the fish pond.  It is great to see that Knott’s doesn’t feel the need to capitalize on every square inch on the park. Quite spots like this are what make theme parks special.

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Calico Mine Train

We next check up on the progress being made at the Calico Mine Ride.  Knott’s Berry Farm is upgrading the sound and lighting, while Garner Holt Productions develops the new show scenes and installs new animatronics and show effects. (Here’s a link to Garner’s recent article about the renovation of the classic Mine Train last year)

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A tremendous amount of work is going on with the exterior of the attraction.  We can only imagine the amount of work inside

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There you have it folks.  News from the farm.  There is a lot of work happening right now that is setting the park up for a successful summer season.  By the time June rolls around, Knott’s will have renovated two of its most elaborate and celebrated dark rides, and they will have expanded the roster of real fun for the whole family attractions.  Camp Snoopy will be returned to its former glory with new rides and fresh landscaping and theme enhancement.

But you don’t have to wait until the summer to get out to the fair and have fun.  Berry Bloom starts THIS WEEKEND and runs through the 27th.  If this year is anything like last year, it is going to be a heck of a lot of fun.  See you again on Sunday for a full report and review of the festivities!

About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. Im really curious what that new opening is by the entrance to Tunnel No1. Now i used to work the ride and when you first enter tunnel no 1 there was a storage area to the right that used to hold wooden covers for the train cars i believe in case of rain if they were outside. maybe its a new entrance to inside the mountain. When i worked there you had to enter through tunnel no1 to go inside the ride.

    Im also curious because of the fall protection worries at Disneyland, if they are going to put any type of rails on the inside and outside trestles. I used to walk the tracks and it was a little freaky to walk on the outside trestles with nothing stopping ya from falling.

    I really cant wait to see what its going to be like. God please get new PA Systems for the trains.

  2. Awesome update. I had no idea so much was going on at Camp Snoopy.

    I only wish they could change the facade of Calico to block the view of Boomerang behind it. Knott’s has never really had a “berm” mentality, but still, it’d be cool, particularly on that stretch, since there’s Calico, the log ride, the train, funnel cakes….

  3. I can’t wait to visit Knott’s Berry Bloom this weekend. The park looks great!!!

  4. More Knotts coverage please!

  5. Looks gorgeous!

  6. I wish Berry Bloom ran longer than just a couple of weeks. I’d like to check it out, but, like last year, may not be able to due to the very short run time. Because of their new unfriendly short term parking policies, I’ll be cutting way back on my Knott’s visits this year since I can’t stop by to visit the Marketplace then run into the park for an hour or so. There isn’t enough to do in the park for me to justify paying $15 to park to go for an hour or two. Now, I’ll only go if there’s reason to visit the park for several hours, and that’s not very often. I wouldn’t have renewed my pass if I’d know about the changes beforehand. They need to come up with a value oriented parking option for those of us who are middle aged and not into going on the thrill rides and for whom there’s not enough to do to spend the day at the park, who just like to go and walk around and shop or eat.

    • Really? That parking lot was never, EVER there so you could go into the park for an hour or so. They actually raised the price because of people like you. And now you’re crying because you got busted? Shame on ya!

  7. What a fantastic story this week on Knott’s Berry Bloom!! I’m super excited to experience everything it has to offer. I really enjoyed what they did last year, and by the looks of the photos on this page, it seems to be even better this year! I will be arriving at the Park tomorrow when they first open at 10am…can’t wait!

    Hats off to the management team who created this wonderful Spring event! Infact, hats off to Knott’s for continuing to bring this Park back to it’s former glory days! Little by little I see so much progress, and all for the better. And I anticipate more exciting things to come!

    One thing I would LOVE for management to consider is doing a complete make-over to the Good Time Theatre (Charles M Shultz Theatre). They really need to take the entire inside of that theatre and gut it out. It’s been looking really torn apart for many years now. New seats, new carpet, new ceiling, and new paint job would all be terrific! I’m sure they’ll get to all that at some point, but hopefully sooner than later.

    And finally, it would be nice if Knott’s would announce a new dark ride entering into the old Knott’s Berry Tales attraction building. That would be epic, to say the least.

    But everything in due time, I know. I suppose patience has never been one of my strong points, LOL! See YOU in the Park tomorrow for some Bloomin’ Fun! =)

  8. You’re making me crave boysenberry pie. Great update!

  9. Knotts opens tomorrow at 9am for Season Passholders to get a preview first of Berry Bloom. That includes a 9:30am performance of Peanuts Party in the Park at the Charleston Fountain. FYI

  10. Anyone that wants to see Berry Tales come back, write them! They are considering what to do with that space. I agree about the theatre. It needs total renovation quite badly. The camp Snoopy and Mine Train work look AWESOME. And the Bloom event just looks amazing. Love the circle fountain stage.

  11. I plan to be there for the opening a 9 AM for Season Passholders. I was not able to go last year and am looking forward to seeing all they have to offer.

    And of course, let’s not forget Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. They will be playing in the Birdcage theater for the entire 2 weeks! No days off!!!! (well except for the 26th because they had a previous engagement that day). Shows start at 5:30 PM. Four shows and all are different! And almost 30 minutes long.

  12. It breaks my heart that I can’t go this weekend. I remember going to Knott’s in 1978 and the early 80′s several times a year. We enjoyed it so much.
    Thanks for the great pics. Looking forward to tomorrows review. Thanks Norman.