Knotts Berry Farm Review
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, and I do consider Ghostrider and Silver Bullet to be 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, semi-decent frisbee, a semi-decent top spin, an up charge screamin swing, and other fun rides. And of course, they have some of the best water rides of all time. 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. They recently got rid of the music for Ghost Town and replaced it with modern music. I miss it and all, but give Knotts some credit. At least they aren't playing Ear Rape like many other parks. So if you're in Southern California, definetly give Knotts a visit. You'll have fun, and thats whats most important of all.
There is a link to a review of all the Rollercoasters at Knotts Berry Farm.
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Pony Express Review
Sierra Sidewinder Review
Silver Bullet Review
Timberline Twister Review
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). Ok, Onto Knotts Current Flat Rides. First up, La Revolution. This is a pretty mediocre frisbee, 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. They also have a Windseeker here. Its a fun flat ride, giving you a really good view of Orange County and you can even see Tower of Terror from it as well. Its fun, but its not the thrill ride they market it to be. The Pirate Ship there is typical, The Chairswings are typical. The Tea Cups there suck since it's hard to spin them. While they're not quite as bad as Disneyland's, They still pale in comparison to Six Flags Magic Mountain's teacups, and those pale in comparison to the Balloons, and those pale in comparison to the Spinning Carousel of Bloody Death at the Valencia Mall. Ok, up next is 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 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. Ok, up next is Wipeout. This is a fun little ride that provides you with some nice lateral Gs. Up next is Riptide. This is a Floorless Top Spin. The program is decent, but it's nothing to go crazy over. The Final Flat Ride I'm going to review for you today 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. =( Now at first, I think "WHY THE F*CK IS SCREAMING SWING AN UPCHARGE!!! IT SHOULD BE FREE LIKE ALL THE OTHER FLAT RIDES HERE!!!!!" And though a part of me still thinks that, it would be a nightmare if it wasn't due to Screamin Swing's horrible capacity. So the only way to prevent it from getting horribly long lines is to make it an upcharge. So it's a necessary evil. =( 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.
And this is Windseeker. Fun, but not thrilling.
Here are the reviews of all the Water Rides at Knotts Berry Farm. Unlike the Flats Department, Knotts soars with flying colors in the Water Ride Department. Not only are their Water Rides top notch, But they have one of the greatest water rides on the face of the Earth. Perilous Plunge. Can you say ejector air? This ride is just awsome. While the splash is much more intimidating than it looks, it doesn't get you that wet. Which is IMO, a good thing. I want to recover from my visit on a water ride. (I'm not the soaking type.) But once again, Ejector Air!!! But it used to have a pet peeve. After the fat lady sang and fell out of Perilous Plunge, the ride closed and got retrofitted with what are the most evil restraints in the world. A F**king Four Point Restraint!!!! Originally, Someone fell out of Peroulis Plunge for being too fat. So now you're going to make the thin and healthy people unable to ride as revenge? That just plain sucks. It took them 4 years to realize that the f**king Four Point Restraints DO NOT WORK!!!!!!! So finally, they get new boats with Rubber OTSRs. Thanks to these restraints, I finally took my first ride on Perilous Plunge in October of 2006. I've been getting crazy amazing ejector air ever since. But they also have other great water rides. Timber Mtn Log Ride. This 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 great Water Ride Collection with one of the greatest water rides around, a decent log flume and a crappy river rapids ride.
And here is the Amazing Ejector Air Peroulis Plunge!!!
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. (In fact, Knotts is the only park I'll go to without drinking soda.) 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. 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.) But another thing that was unique thing about Knotts is that it had the Peanuts Playhouse. No, this is not one of those Ball Rooms. (I wish it was though.) The Peanuts Playhouse was a place where kids can go and play. (Celeste always dragged me in there.) But in November 2008, they randomly decided to tear it down. But, There is still a little theming left in Ghost Town left from the days before Cedar Fair. Thats pretty cool to check out.
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.
*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.)
*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
Buena Park, California, USA
Last Day Visited
January 7, 2012
Here's a link to the parks website.