I took my first visit to Knotts Berry Farm in 2001 and was very satisfied with it. Of course, I had MUCH lower standards back then than I do now, but even to this day, I enjoy spending a day at Knotts Berry Farm. The park has some really good coasters. Xcelerator is a fantastic coaster with one of the best launches of all time, Ghostrider and Silver Bullet, while they may not be the best of their class, they are fun rides, and they do have a Schwarzkoph Shuttle Loop, which are starting to become very rare rides. Their flat ride collection is Ok, hosting a really tall S&S Drop Tower, a Windseeker, a semi-decent frisbee, a semi-decent top spin, an up charge screamin swing, and other fun rides. Now the park used to have a lot more charm and atmosphere to it, but Cedar Fair stripped most of it, which is a big complaint among coaster enthusiasts. Now I like charm and all, but I still do enjoy Knotts Berry Farm, despite the destruction of charm that happened in most of the park. And lets give credit where its due. Knotts is slowly bringing back the charm that it stripped back. They're focusing on smaller rides, revamping old structures, and giving the park a really nice atmosphere. So if you're in Southern California, definetly give Knotts a visit. You'll have fun, and thats whats most important of all.
Here are the reviews of all the Flat Rides at Knotts Berry Farm. Now Knotts used to be great in the flat ride department, as they had two awesome flat rides. Hammerhead and Tapico Tumbler, both of which are now gone. There's a clone of Tapico Tumbler at Nickelodeon Universe, and until recently, there was a Hammerhead clone as well (The world really hates that type of flat ride). It also had a Windseeker from 2011 to 2013. Yeah, that didn't last long due to an accident and then they moved it to Worlds of Fun. Ok, Onto Knotts Current Flat Rides. First up, Supreme Scream. Well first off, Supreme Scream is a decent drop tower. I like it and will almost always ride it when I go to Knotts and is by far, my favorite flat ride at Knotts. However, for it's huge size, it's actually not that intimidating. True, you've got the intimidating pop at the top, but you never really get the true feeling of falling like you do on the Intamin 2nd Generation Drop Towers. But the good news, because of it's height, you get a FANTASTIC VIEW!!!! You can see everything at Knotts from it. Not only that, but you can also see Tower of Terror at the Disneyland Resort from it. But that's not even the coolest thing you can see from Supreme Scream. If you sit in the right seat, have a sharp eye, and it's not too smoggy, you can see the L.A skyline and the Hollywood Sign from Supreme Scream. Now that is f*cking cool. Up next is Screaming Swing. I really like this ride. It's very comfortable, there's never a wait, you get good airtime, and you get a nice view of Knotts Berry Farm. Unfortunetly, Screamin Swing is an upcharge. You have to pay $5.00 to ride this ride. =( Up next is Riptide. This is a Floorless Top Spin. The program is decent, but it's nothing to go crazy over. Their Frisbee, La Revolution is pretty mediocre, though to be fair, the program is definetly better than it used to be. While its still a lame frisbee, I've been on a worse one. The Pirate Ship there is typical, The Chairswings are typical. The Tea Cups there suck since it's hard to spin them. Ok, up next is Ok, up next is Wipeout. This is a fun little ride that provides you with some nice lateral Gs. Overall, Knotts has a semi decent flat ride collection. It's not bad, but it certainly could use some improvement. But Cheer Up Knotts. You're doing better in the Flat Ride Department than Six Flags Magic Mountain is.
This is Supreme Scream. Knott's Drop Tower.
Here are the reviews of all the Water Rides at Knotts Berry Farm. While their water ride collection isn't bad, its sad cause it used to be SO MUCH BETTER!!!! Knotts used to soar with flying colors in the Water Ride Department. Why? They used have one of the greatest water rides on the face of the Earth. Perilous Plunge. Can you say ejector air? This ride was just awsome. It managed to grab the #3 spot on my Top 10 Water Rides List and you can see my raw footage of the ride here. Now there's only one ride like it left in the world. Suddenly, I want to go to Wales and visit Oakwood. But bitterness about the removal of Perilous Plunge aside, its still a good water ride collection. Timber Mtn Log Ride is a really fun log ride with some nice theming inside and a good final drop. And it doesn't get you that wet. While it's no Splash Mtn, It's still a great log ride. And be sure to raise your hands throughout the entire ride, you'll be laughing your asses off if you do. =) But the one thing they could really benifit from is a place to soak unsuspecting fools like Six Flags Magic Mountain used to have with Log Jammer (I really wish that they kept Log Jammer). =( That would be a great way to earn money Cedar Fair. And then there's Bigfoot Rapids. That is just a typical River Raft Ride. There arn't that many elements to it. So that ride sucks. But still, Knotts still has a decent Water Ride Collection with a good log flume and a crappy river rapids ride.
Make sure you keep your arms raised at all times on this ride. =)
Here is the review of Knotts Berry Farm's water park. Soak City. While technically not a part of Knotts Berry Farm, Soak City is just across the street and contains many different water slides. The water park is easilly noticed by its very colerful assortion of water slides. While I have visited their water park, I visited it years before I started Incrediblecoasters. So my memory is pretty rusty. But the water park isn't too special. Many of their star attractions are clones of popular water slides at other Southern California Water Parks. For instance, their biggest and best water slides is pretty much just a clone of the nearby Taboo Tower at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (part of Six Flags Magic Mountain). Hey, I don't have a problem with this as I love Taboo Tower, and these slides really do know how to pack a punch. Plus the colors make it much prettier than Taboo Tower. Since my last visit, they also have gotten a Pacific Spin clone. This is essentially a Tornado clone that are everywhere. But there's also a specific Pacific Spin clone (it has the bonus helix at the top and a water curtain). That's fun, but definetly not unique. And those are the highlights of the park. The rest of the park is pretty standard. They've got your typical mat racer Bamboo Racer clone, some standard tube slides, lazy river, kids area, and that's about it. Knotts Soak City (as far as I can remember) is a fun water park, but nothing really special. I would visit more often if it wasn't for that pesky seperate admission.
Here are the reviews of all the Resteraunts at Knotts Berry Farm. Now, the food at Knotts is really interesting. For the most part, all they've got is typical amusement park crap. Which for the most part is fine thanks to the fact that that's what most amusement parks serve nowadays. But the prices for this food is just terrible. It's bad. Really bad. I know that you're supposed to jack up the price for food at an amusement park, but jeez guys, there are limits you guys. I mean, $8.00 to UPGRADE to a combo, that is just f*cking insane!!!!! Well, I learned my lesson. Next time, walk over to the McDonalds nearby. However, There are some good things about the dining at Knotts Berry Farm. First off, this place offers you something you can't get at any other amusement park. Berry Punch!!! It's a really good drink that I order everytime I go there. The other good thing about the dining options at Knotts Berry Farm is Mrs. Knott's Famous Chicken. This Restaurant is awsome. Hell, this resteraunt is what made Knotts Berry Farm what it is today, so that says something about the food. While you wait for your food here, you get some biscuts and jam so you don't starve to death. Once your chicken and potatoes come, then you just chow down (That is, if you get chicken and potatoes). This restaurant has a nice, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere. And finally, I like ending a good meal with a slice of Boysenberry Pie. And while that's just what I order, the restaurant has a wide variety of food and I highly reccomend it to anyone going to Knotts Berry Farm. And not only that, but unlike all the other dining options at Knotts, the food at Mrs. Knotts is actually *gasp* Not overpriced!!!!! In fact, I paid the same price for my meal at Mrs. Knotts as I did for the typical amusement park crap I paid for lunch. And keep in mind that the food at Mrs. Knotts is not only 20 times better than the food in the park, but they quadruple the amount of food that you get. So yeah. That says A LOT about the price of the rest of the food at Knotts. In fact, Knotts Berry Farm actually managed to take the #10 spot on our Top 10 Theme Park Dining Options List just for Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Resteraunt. So while I'd stay away from most of the food at Knotts, go to Mrs. Knotts and drink Boysenberry Punch. It's totally worth it.
You are not seeing things. It literally costs $8.00 to upgrade to a f*cking combo.
Eat here. The food here is actually delicous, cheap, and high quality.
Theming and Other Attractions
Here are the reviews of all the other stuff at Knotts Berry Farm. Knotts does have some decent theming in Ghost Town. But there's not that much theming anywhere else. Camp Snoopy is a decent childrens area with a decent kiddy coaster. Timberline Twister. (See the Timberline Twister Review for more details.) There is still a little theming left in Ghost Town left from the days before Cedar Fair. Thats pretty cool to check out. But they're bringing back more theming to Ghost Town. They do have the Wagon Show in Ghost Town, which while its not the best show ever, is fun to watch with some very corny lines. And they just re-did the Boardwalk and that looks really nice. So that's definetly cool.
The little bit of charm left in Knotts Berry Farm.
Knotts is a very fun park to visit with some good rollercoasters, good food, and a great water ride. Yeah, there's not as much charm as there once was, but I still find Knotts to be a really fun theme park. Defiently give it a visit if you're in the L.A Area.
*Are there kiddy coaster restrictions? - Yes, There's a maximum height limit of 69 inches. Anyone below that is good. Anyone above is screwed in getting the credit.
*The back of the park is usually empty during the morning. So, If you're going on a busy day and want lots of rides on Xcelerator, get there in the morning!!! (Ghostrider and Silver Bullet have lines all day.)
*If you want to avoid crowds all together, Go during a weekday in October. Not during Knotts Scary Farm, but just there during the day. NO ONE is there. That's why I always go to Knotts during Fall "Insert Year Here" Photos.
*For Ghostrider, GET THE BACK!!!!! (Warning, Ghostrider is starting to get pretty rough.)
*If you've never done a Screaming Swing, bring $5.00 to ride Screaming Swing
*If the last time you went to Knotts was in 1997 or earlier, be prepared to see some major changes