An original theme park with more than 165 rides, shows and attractions, plus fun shops and delicious dining, Knott’s Berry Farm® is an exciting destination for all traveler types. Featuring roller coasters like Silver Bullet® and Xcelerator, thrill rides like Supreme Scream and La Revolucion, children’s attractions like Balloon Race and Flying Ace, and much more, this one-of-a-kind amusement park is great for everyone.
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My family of 5 went for vacation. We have 2 boys of 11 years and 13 years and three adults. My 13 year old is autistic. We went on a Friday in June. Parking was fine but it was a hot day. Unlike Universal Studio Knott's does not have misters placed throughout the park. We went on the Ghost Rider as the park opened. The wait was MASSIVE. Took us nearly 70 minutes. The line was also mostly in a dark crowded room that did not sit well with my eldest son. The ride itself was luckily excellent! Super fast! :) We ate afterwards. Pizza for three of us and drinks costs almost $50. It was really expensive. After lunch we did 3 more rides then the group wanted to go back to the hotel. It was only 2 PM. With the heat and massive lines it was very tiresome. Having park wide wifi was really appreciated. Knott's is really all about the rides. Teenagers are maybe the best candidates.
If you have never gone to Knotts Halloween Haunt during the month of October you are missing out on a great and unforgettable experience. The entire park and rides are done up for Halloween. Ghouls and zombies and other spirits wander around the park while you enjoy an average of 12 to 13 special Halloween mazes to wander through. It is a special price and the Halloween Haunt is from about 6:00 pm to 2:00 am after the regular visitors during the day have left and the ghouls take over. Do it once any you will come back time and time again.
This place has been on my list and so when my family planned our theme park trip we included this one and wow what a let down. Let me list everything that sucks about this place. First of all, after paying $150 dollars for us to enter they stick you with an $18 parking fee -the highest of all theme park parking. With that high of a cost you would expect it would be covered or at least close. Wrong. To get to the ride park you actually need to cross a street. Since it was hot that day we decided to go to the water park and cool off. Even though we had the pass we still needed to wait in line at will call for 30 minutes before we could even get into the entrance line. While I stood there baking in the sun I began to think how inexpensive a canopy would be and how thoughtless it was for the designers to not consider this. When we entered we went to the changing rooms which is on par with most public pool changing rooms except some benches were positioned so people passing by ould see in while you were changing. We convened over at the lockers which was a whopping $35 dollars for a large. With think no other option we paid. We decided to not wear flip flops since we were going to be constantly swimming and I thought surely a waterpark would choose appropriate flooring to mitigate burning feet. I was wrong. We needed to run from shade to shade to prevent our feet turning to ash. Once we got into the first attraction the wave pool water felt great however there were no open chairs. This isn't the park's fault but many people claim a ton of chairs so they can put their stuff there but only about 20 people were actually sitting in them. When we tried to simply hang our towels on a fence we came back to see them knocked down and wet. After the wave pool we tried to find the entrance to the lazy river. Other parks have multiple entrances but this one basically has one (2 right next to eachother) we searched (running from shade to shade) for 10 minutes to finally find the entrance in the corner on the park. As we approached we noticed there was no management of who gets the next tube. No line. Just survival of the fittest. As kids squeezed through to capture tubes we realized we needed to adopt the law of the jungle and get ours. Unfortunately the amount of tubes in the lazy river is about half as much as there should be so many people give up and just end up walking the lazy river. We persisted and after 10 minutes we finally secured 3 tubes. I tried to lay back on the tube but the tube was just a little too small and kept flipping over. I ended up just clinging to it. After the lazy river we went to the kids play area and they had some water slides. While waiting, people can have fun shooting others with water cannons - if the water cannons actually worked. When I finally went down the slide, the segments felt like they were going to rip my skin off. After that we felt it was time to visit the rides. We walked back to our car about a half mile away to 0ut our stuff away and walked another half mile to the rides. We were all so hot, thirsty and hungry that the first thing we needed to do was eat. We went into the only restaurant in the park desperately wanting cool AC only to meet an environment that was mildly cooler than outside. We asked why wasn't it cool in there (like all other restaurants we've been to). They said they just turned it on. Being the oldest theme park I was blown away by this. I'm sure this isn't the first time it's been hot there - come on. We were so irritated by how hot it was in the restaurant that we dended to bail but first we drank some water and I ordered 1 beer. They charged me $12.50 for the beer. We saw that all the rides required us to stand in uncovered lines baking in the sun again. Seeing no relief from the heat we left without riding one ride and went to Chili's where we were able to salvage our day. Knotts Berry Farm has alot of potential to be great but there appears to be thousands that are completely fine with paying a ton of money for a less than mediocre experience.
We had so much fun, I'm just upset we didn't go more than once. Their restaurant was also delicious. The lines were a bit long and I didn't know of any fast past or if they even have one. The kids section was better. Not a long wait time. Next time I'm in town maybe we'll give another try, but I'll try not to go on the weekend.
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