Today we take a stroll through Knott’s Berry Farm for a quick update. Visitors are clearly enjoying the affordable admission, fun rides, amazing food and entertainment at the park. Speaking of great deals, Knott’s has unveiled a new ticket option that will get you into both parks on the same day – Ride and slide! Next up we chime in on the video monitors which are appearing in the queue at the park. Good thing or bad thing? We note some wonderful things happening in Fiesta Village too and recommend you go see the new band playing there. We close things out with a few things on our Knott’s wish list and a tour through Ghost Town during the magic hour. Time to hit the farm.
Ride and Slide Ticket
This summer, guests can enjoy all of the excitement of Knott’s Berry Farm plus all of the water park thrills at Knott’s Soak City on one day. This new single day Ride & Slide ticket allows guests unlimited back-and-forth admission to both theme parks on the same day and can be purchased online at knotts.com for just $60 (all ages) through September 14. Now that’s a great deal!
Televisions in the Queue
More flat screens have been appearing in the queues. The one below is stationed in the queue for Montezuma’s Revenge. The notion of screens entertaining guests in lines is a little too “Six Flags” for Knott’s in our opinion. It is also a rather outdated notion in this age of smart phones and other hand held entertainment options.
Stopping by Fiesta Village we see that some attention is being given to the details in this areas.
The black wrought iron surrounding the classic, Hat Dance attraction appears to have been freshly painted. Gleaming black iron, dotted with the classic incandescent lights surround the spinning hats.
The queue and fence looks great. Now it’s time for the ride vehicles to get a little love. All in good time.
It sure would be nice to see La Revolucion get similar themed fencing to match the railings on Hat Dance and the Dragon Swing, don’t you think?
If you have not been to see OPA OPA in Fiesta VIllage you are missing out. This band is wildly entertaining. With their brassy salsa sounds and latin beats, never fail to get the crowd dancing. GO SEE THEM.
Now that the Mine Ride and Log Ride have been revitalized, it would be great to see Knott’s take care of some of the other parts of the park. Things take time, we understand that. But there are places in the park in urgent need attention as well.
Think of how wonderful it would be to see a brand new ride in the spot where the ugly boardwalk barbecue is. Or at the very least a renovated eatery with a lush garden area. Place making needs to happen here in Boardwalk.
Incidentally, we saw the back door open on the old Kingdom of the Dinosaurs show building. The old show building has been cleared. It would be so amazing to see something go in up there. This park is one good dark ride away from real greatness.
Another thing on our wish list; get rid of the awful Screamin’ Swing. It is an up-charge experience that is a low attended eye sore in the heart of the park. Time to build the Haunted Shack 2.0. Just picture a beautiful old-west mansion in this location. A walk through experience open year round that could double as a maze location during Haunt. It would be the perfect accent to the square and help further restore Ghost Town to its glory days.
Sadly, the biggest offender in the park is a fantastic attraction that just ruins the space it occupies . . . say it with us . . . SILVER BULLET. As much as we love this coaster, it destroys the heart of the park, sets a poor first act to the park, looms over Ghost Town and the Indian Village and resulted in the loss of the central lake and Church of the Reflections.
It would take real nerve and vision, but we would love to see this coaster moved to a different park or sold entirely. If you are going to call yourself a theme park, you need to be conscious of the “Theme.” A big steel coaster just doesn’t belong in Ghost Town. Eventually, we hope that Cedar Fair management comes to terms with that. This is the one section of the park that management should preserve at all cost.
It’s a great coaster. . . which would be even better if it were installed elsewhere!
Ghost Town during the Magic Hour
Overall, we are absolutely loving Knott’s these days. There is so much to enjoy here. A wealth of entertainment options and great value for the money. We close this update with a few pics of Ghost Town at the magic hour. The old west at sunset is truly enchanting.
We’d like to leave you with an amazing Season Pass Podcast from the reopening of the Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy. You won’t want to miss it:
With that we leave the farm and head on to more adventures. We’ll see you soon, In The Parks.