Trip Report! December 16th at Knottís Merry Farm!
The park is decked out in its Christmas finery. Inside and out, itís Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! The Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing beside the front gate. Buy or bring a toy to Knottís and receive a free admission in return. Knottís has plenty of boxed toys ready for purchase to be gifted to Toys for Tots.
Just outside the Chicken Dinner Restaurant, the ten-year-old roadside chicken has flown away. As part of Knottís recent cleanup efforts, the chicken had to go. Yet I hold my breath and cross my fingers in the hope that the much tackier spinning plastic hot dog goes as well.
Before we go inside the park to see whatís decked out for the holidays, let me post something Iíve been meaning to get off my chest for a very long time: Knottís chocolate chip cookies are incredible! No theme park in the nation has chocolate chip cookies as good as Knottís! And they only cost $1.50 per cookie! Yes, I will drive all the way to Knottís to buy a chocolate chip cookie (with my annual pass discount, too), then drive home. I just want those cookies!
Itís a damn fine bakery!
Inside the park, Ghost Town always looks good against red poinsettias.
The Calico Saloon received new decking to replace the worn-down wood at its entrance. Although I prefer the hollow, clunking sound of walking on wooden floorboards, I can see the reasoning behind the change to a longer-lasting, wood-formed concrete.
Sorry to say it as I know a few folks who will disagree with me on this. Some, just some, of Ghost Townís dťcor is just a little too shiny/plastic-y for me. Iíd be happy to see these go elsewhere in the park, but itís just too glittery for Ghost Town.
If you know what corner of Ghost Town to peek in, you might come across the parkís famously aloof Calico Kitties.
The Mine Ride recently lost a piece of its historic faÁade, the original entrance ticket booth. It tears me apart that itís gone for good yet I hate to admit that Iím not going to miss it as much as I thought I would.
As SoCal residents know, Knottís has a 20-year history of removing pieces of the parkís heart and soul ó the little details that make a theme park themed ó and replacing those wonderful aspects with either something lackluster or nothing at all. We all have our personal lists of what we miss from Knottís past, but the losses would not appear so great if that which was lost had been replaced with something outstanding.
The missing ticket booth at the entrance to the historic Mine Ride attraction is not going to be replaced with a new structure, but it will finally receive a themed logo sign with the attractionís name. Itís not the same as a building but it makes me happy to know the Mine Ride will finally get more than the ďEntranceĒ arrow treatment. Also, the landscaping and rockwork details around the now-gone ticket booth are pretty cool!
I canít believe I can say it, but I understand why the ticket booth had to go. I know youíll say Iím crazy, but I can totally see why it went.
While under wraps, the Mine Ride is getting some TLC on its upper tracks and waterfall rockwork.
Itís Christmastime on the Boardwalk!
Feliz Navidad from Fiesta Village!
Panchoís Taco is a new addition to the Fiesta Village menu. The tacos are more traditional than fast-food oriented and are really darn good!
Iím still basking in this fantastic paint job in Fiesta Village. I was thrilled to see Knottís brought back the floral trimmings too.
The old arcade has moved out. Donít know whatís coming but I would not be sad to see those pathetic video games gone for good. Another store perhaps?
Even Fiesta Village, Knottís Berry Farmís second themed land, has managed to retain some inspiring details over the years. Hereís the hand carved doors to the Arcade, the wrought-iron door handles, and an oh-so-quaint-yet-unenforceable warning sticker.
Over in Camp Snoopy, the bounce house is missing its famous pooch.
And the Hungry Bear and his vacuum hive is still broken:
Christmas swag at Camp Snoopy!
Looks better at night:
Back in Ghost Town, Santaís sleigh has landed very appropriately in the Toy Barn! Yes, the little boy on Santaís lap was picking his nose. Hilarious!
Shop from the trees!
An animated, musical, light-up nativity housed in a vintage-style television set? Somebody will buy it, surely.
Santa on a red motorcycle? Love it!