Celebrating 100 Years at Knott’s Berry Farm

Jenielle Berry Blogger

I couldn’t have asked for a better 2019.  It was my first year as an official Knott’s Berry Farm Berry Blogger.  Knott’s Berry Farm has been an integral part of my children’s childhood and I was honored to be able to share in the storytelling of the fun an exciting things happening at the farm!  Looking forward to 2020, this will be a legendary year for Knott’s Berry Farm as we will be celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary!  Here is what you can expect for the Centennial Celebration:

Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair

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A new 4-D interactive dark ride that will take guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes that are reminiscent of the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods,  culminating in a celebration at the County Fair. The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and will follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.  “Knott’s Bear-Y Tales: Return to the Fair” will be taking the place of “Iron Reef”.  The last day to experience “Iron Reef” is January 5, 2020.

PEANUTS Celebration:  weekends January 25-March 1

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The fan favorites return starting with Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, a unique event dedicated to the beloved PEANUTS characters, taking place weekends from January 25 – March 1, 2020.  Here is a recap of PEANUTS Celebration from 2019.

Boysenberry Festival:  March 20-April 19

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In spring, the much-anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival returns with an array of one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired food and drink items created by the Knott’s culinary team. The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will offer a month of deliciousness from March 20 – April 19, 2020.  Here is a recap of Boysenberry Festival from 2019.

A Knott’s Family Reunion:  May 15-August 30

Knott’s will be celebrating its 100th milestone anniversary by immersing guests in new and nostalgic experiences throughout the park, delighting guests of all ages.  Ghost Town Alive! will return with a new interactive storyline for guests to explore and unravel alongside the characters of Calico. And the summer fun will continue long after the sun goes down when a special 100th Anniversary edition of the popular nighttime party, Knott’s Summer Nights returns with new live music, unique summer food offerings, Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences, and family-friendly games. Both Ghost Town Alive! and Knott’s Summer Nights will be offered on select days starting May 15 – August 30, 2020.  Here is a recap of Summer Nights at Knotts and how to experience Ghost Town Alive.

Knott’s Spooky Farm:  September 26-October 31

For fall, the spooktacular family-friendly daytime Halloween event, Knott’s Spooky Farm, will invite families with little ghouls ages 3-11 to celebrate the spooky season exclusively on weekends starting September 26 – October 31, 2020.  Here is a recap of Spooky Farm from 2019.

Knott’s Merry Farm:  November 20-January 3

As winter rolls in, the feeling of Christmas will be discovered at Knott’s Merry Farm, where joy will be in season from November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021.  Here are my favorite foods from Merry Farm from 2019.

2020 Season Pass Information

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The best way to enjoy all of the fun offered during the 100th-anniversary celebration at Knott’s along with all of the other exciting Seasons of Fun events is with a 2020 Season Pass. (I wrote an article breaking down the different season passes here.)

  • A Regular Season Pass (purple) includes unlimited admission in 2020 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates.
  • A Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.
  • A Platinum Season Pass includes unlimted admission in 2020 to all Ceder Fair Parks across the country (there is Great America in Northern California) AND parking is INCLUDED.

Knott’s Season passes are now available at the lowest price of the year. Regular Passes are $99 or nine easy payments of $9.50 after an initial payment, and Gold Passes are $120 or nine easy payments of just $11.50 after an initial payment. These offers end on January 5, 2020. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Giveaway! (closed)

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To celebrate the upcoming 100th celebration, I am giving away a Family Four (4) pack of 2020 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes ($99 value each)!  You’ll will also get a surprise box of Merry Farm goodies (I’ll be revealing these on my instastories at @littlegraythread on instagram).  Here’s how to enter:

  • Make sure you are following me on instagram @littlegraythread
  • Like! our facebook page Little Gray Thread
  • Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Knott’s Berry Farm memory or what season you’re looking forward to the most in 2020 (please leave instagram @ handle in the comments so I can notify the winner through instagram).
  • Check back on Instagram and Facebook for additional ways to enter

That’s it!  Giveaway will end on December 26, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be announced through instagram on December 27, 2019.

For more information about next year’s milestone celebration, the new Knott’s Bear-y Tales attraction and Knott’s Season Passes, please visit knotts.com. Join the conversation about the newly announced event at Knott’s this year by using #Knotts100 or #AKnottsFamilyReunion.

 

 

What to do at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Rain during Christmastime Merry Farm

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Rain?  In California?!  Yes, it happens sometimes!  Although Knott’s Berry Farm sometimes closes in inclimate weather (check their social channel @KnottsBerryFarm the morning of to be sure), there are still plenty of things to do if it is raining off and on.  Here are some of our favorite inside activities to do in the rain during Merry Farm.

Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located behind the School House in the Wilderness Dance Hall)

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The elves have come to Knott’s Merry Farm!  You can also meet Santa and take photos with your own camera or purchase a photo package.  Warm cookies, milk and hot cocoa are available for purchase.  In the building next door, you can decorate cookies for an additional fee.

Birdcage Theater (located next to the School House)

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There are two rotating shows featuring the classic Scrooge Christmas Carol.  “Marley’s Wings” is new this year and is an upbeat musical show that is great for kids.  “A Christmas Carol” is a little darker and might be scary for young children.  “A Christmas Carol” plays at 11:30, 2:00, and 4:00 and “Marley’s Wings” plays at 12:30 and 3:00.  You might be able to meet the cast in the lobby after the show!

Saloon Show with Cameo Kate and Dakota Dan

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Our favorite saloon performers are back with a Christmas show!  Sit back with a sarsaparilla and some fresh popcorn and enjoy the show indoors.  Show times are at 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30.

Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice at the Charles M. Shultz Theater (located across the train tracks, turn left past the fountain)

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Check knotts.com for the most up to date entertainment schedule.  Merry Christmas Snoopy on Ice is usually closed on Wednesdays.

Christmas Craft Fair

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If Knott’s Berry Farm is open, so is the Craft Fair!  Visit local artisans to find the perfect Holiday gift.  Our favorite is Miss Doolittles and her slime factory!  For $8, you can create your own slime with add ins and scents of your choice.

Dining Tips

If the rain is bad, most outdoor quick service restaurants might be closed.  You can typically find all the seasonal Merry Farm foods at Sutters which is the main quick service restaurant located at the front of Ghost Town.  I was able to get the seasonal Fried Green Beans (usually at Calico Fry Co) and Mac n Cheese Lorraine (usually from Wagon Wheel Pizza) both at Sutters.

If you’re looking for a place with inside seating, head to Grizzly Creek Lodge in Camp Snoopy or Coaster Diner near Xcellerator.  Boardwalk BBQ has ample seating under cover, but it is not indoors.  Ghost Town Grill is also a sit down restaurant located in the heart of Calico.

Shows and Entertainment that is typically cancelled in the rain:

  • Peanuts Guide to Christmas (Camp Snoopy Theater)
  • Calico Carolers Bell Ringers (if it is not sprinkling, they might come out)
  • Home for the Holidays (Calico Stage)
  • Wagon Wheel Stunt Show

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There is still so much to do in the rain at Merry Farm!  As always, check back with Knotts for the latest update on closures.  For more of our adventures at Knotts, find us on Instagram @littlegraythread.

Knott’s Merry Farm Season Eats and Treats: What’s on the Meal Plan?

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It’s the Merriest–and the yummiest–time of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm!  The limited time holiday foods are some of my favorites, especially since I have a soft spot for anything that is Thanksgiving Dinner themed!  They have expanded the offerings for 2019 and many of the items are meal plan eligible!

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Upon entry, you can pick up a Merry Farm Event Guide.  Merry Farm happens daily from November 22 through January 5 with select days featuring special holiday entertainment.  Food and treats are available every day inside and outside the park at the California Marketplace.

Wagon Wheel Pizza (located near Ghostrider)

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  • Mac Lorraine and Plain Mac n Cheese:  Macaroni with a white cheese sauce, bacon and chives served in a Naan bread cone.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Calico Fry Co. (located near Wagon Camp Stunt Show)

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  • Fried Green Beans served with mushroom soup dip.  Meal Plan Eligible

Sutters Pizza (located next to Calico Fry Co.)

  • Apple Pie Dessert Pizza:  topped with apple pie filling, brown sugar crumble, and a cream cheese icing  Meal Plan Eligible

Beachy Keen’s Pizza (located near Charles M. Schulz Theater, Snoopy on Ice)

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  • White Christmas Pizza:  white cheese sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, garlic, chicken and chives.  Meal Plan Eligible.
  • Apple Pie Dessert Pizza.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Coasters Diner (located near Xcellerator)

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  • Turkey Dinner Burger:  Turkey patty, cranberry mayo, apple sage stuffing on a pretzel bun.  Meal Plan Eligible.
  • Holiday Shakes:  Peppermint or Eggnog (around $6)

Boardwalk BBQ

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  • Turkey Dinner Sandwich:  Carved turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce ona  french roll.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Fiesta Dogs (located in Fiesta Village)

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  • Christmas Chicago Dog:  Vienna hot dog, dill pickle, tomato slices, relish, mustard, sport peppers on a green bun.  Meal Plan Eligible.

Papa Loca (located in Fiesta Village)

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  • Holiday Poutine:  sweet potato fries, cheese curds, cranberries, turkey and gravy.  Meal Plan Eligible

Grizzly Creek Lodge (located in Camp Snoopy)

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  • Stromboli:  Ham, cheese and marinara sauce in pizza dough.  Meal Plan Eligible

Ghost Town Grill (sit down restaurant in Ghost Town)

  • Turkey Pasty:  turkey breast, wild mushrooms, cream, potatoes, cranberries, and spinach served in a pie crust pocket
  • Classic Turkey Dinner:  Turkey breast, apple sage stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce

Ghost Town Bakery (located near Ghostrider and First Aid)

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  • Mini Christmas Ornament Chocolate Candy Apples
  • Christmas Bark:  Milk chocolate English Toffee, peppermint white chocolate, and pistachio cranberry dark chocolate

Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located in the Wilderness Dance Hall behind the School House in Ghost Town.  You can also meet Santa!)

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  • Holiday Turkey Balls
  • Holiday Turkey Eggrolls
  • Cookie Shots:  chocolate chip and red velvet
  • Cranberry-Apricot Wild Boar Sausage:  with caramelized onions, spicy mustard on a hoagie bun
  • Belgium Waffles
  • Warm chocolate chip cookies and milk

Seasonal Funnel Cakes:  All funnel cakes can be found outside the park at Cable Car Kitchen (S’mores, Maple Pecan, Horchata and Peppermint).  They can be served with scooped ice cream at Cable Car Kitchen whereas they only have vanilla soft serve inside the park.

  • S’mores Funnel Cake:  at Sutter’s Funnel Cake near Sutter’s quick service restaurant
  • Maple Pecan Funnel Cake:  at Ghost Town Grub (in Ghost Town near Firemen’s).  They also have the fried Christmas Cookie Dough Bites here
  • Horchata Funnel Cake:  at Log Ride Funnel Cake

California Marketplace:  shops and restaurants outside the park before you go through security

  • Cable Car Kitchen:  variety of funnel cake, churro sundaes, cookie sundaes, and a $15 holiday milkshake served with a donut
  • DoughKnotts:  Holiday stuffed donuts

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  • The Farm Bakery:  Winter Mint Macaron Snowmen, baklava, eggnog Christmas Tree Cheesecake on a Stick
  • Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant:  holiday menu includes chicken parmasan, meat pie popovers, and more

Dining Tips and Tricks

  • With the Knott’s Berry Farm meal plan, you are allowed 2 meals per visit, 4 hours apart.  Regular year-round options are also available during this time.
  • If you don’t have a meal plan on your pass, you can buy a single day All Day Dining wristband for $32.99.  This way, you can try any meal plan eligible item every 90 minutes.
  • The fastest place to grab Meal Plan Food is Boardwalk BBQ
  • Don’t have a park admission ticket?  No problem!  Enjoy seasonal eats outside the park at the California Marketplace at The Farm Bakery, Doughknotts, and Cable Car Kitchen.  Don’t forget about the world’s famous Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
  • If you run into a situation where an employee says that a food item is not on the meal plan, you can politely ask them to try to see if it will go through.  It’s not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot!

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For more of our family adventures, find us on Instagram @littlegraythread.

 

 

How to Enjoy Knott’s Merry Farm for FREE–the Christmas Crafts Village

That’s right.  You you read it.  You can get into Knott’s Berry Farm for FREE on select days to experience the Christmas Crafts Village in Ghost Town.  This is one of the best kept secrets and it’s actually how I first started visiting Knott’s 5 years ago before I had a pass.  The dates for FREE Ghost Town Admission for 2019 are December 2-5 and December 9-12.

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The Christmas Crafts Village is a shopping wonderland where local artisans sell their unique gifts in pop up kiosks in the Ghost Town section of Knott’s Berry Farm.  Many of these artist have been part of the Christmas Crafts Village for years and it has become part of our family traditions to peruse their shops.  The girls love the handmade beaded necklaces and sand dragons, and we always make a point to stop to say hi to Miss Doolittle and “Mama” (they are set up right outside of the saloon, so be sure to stop by!).

Admission is FREE to visit the Ghost Town area, which also means you have free access to everything within Calico.  This also encompasses Santa’s cottage where you can meet Santa, take your own photos with him or purchase a photo package, and indulge in some of the Holiday food offerings.

Here are some of my favorite attractions in Calico (show times are subject to change):

  • Calico Carolers Bell Ringers (sets are 12:30, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00)
  • Calico Saloon Show (11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 4:30)
  • Wild West Stunt Show (12:30, 2, 4)
  • Snow and Glow (6:30, 7:30, 8:30)
  • Tree Lighting (5:15)–this happens just beyond the gates of Calico, but you can still see it!
  • Visit the School House
  • Cookie Decorating near Santa’s Cabin (extra fee)
  • Paint and Take Pottery (extra fee)

Foods and Restaurants:  Definitely take advantage of the Holiday food offerings right outside of Santa’s Cabin (I wrote an entire article just about food)–the turkey dinner bites are my favorite and are a steal at 2 for $5.99.  When you visit Santa, you’ll be greeted by the smell of a freshly baked cookie, which is served with milk for $3.50.  Other seasonal food items are the fried green beans from Calico Fry Company (by the Stunt Show), Mac n Cheese Lorraine from Wagon Wheel Pizza (by Ghostrider exit) and the Holiday White Pizza and Apple Dessert Pizza Beachy Keen’s and Wagon Wheel Pizza.

Outside the park, you can pick up a gourmet Dough-Knott from the bakery right before the security clearance.  Right next door at Cable Car Kitchen, you can get all FOUR seasonal funnel cakes with scooped ice cream (side note:  this is the only place you can get scooped ice cream–all the other vendors inside the park are soft serve).  You can also take home Mrs. Knott’s famous fried chicken at Chicken to Go, or make reservations at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant for a sit-down experience.

Christmas Craft Village free entry days are Monday through Thursday, December 2-5 and December 9-12.  Admission is required for all other days.  To enter, go to the side of the entrance near the Starbucks.  On-site parking is available for $20, or short term MarketPlace parking is complimentary for up to 1 hour.  Each additional half hour or portion is $10 each with a maximum daily charge of $30. All lost tickets will be charged $30. An additional 2 hours of free parking is available with a validated ticket and receipt showing a $19 or more minimum purchase from any California MarketPlace restaurant or shop.  In sum, you can enjoy 3 hours of free MarketPlace parking if you spend $19 at one of the shops or restaurantsMore information about the Christmas Craft Village can be found here.  You can also view a highlight reel of our Knotts adventures on Instagram @littlegraythread.

Rare Characters You can Meet at Knott’s Spooky Farm

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Knott’s Spooky Farm (not to be confused with Haunt Knott’s SCARY Farm) is the daytime family friendly Halloween layover in Ghost Town and Camp Snoopy.  You do not need a special ticket for Knott’s Spooky Farm since it is included with your theme park admission.  The activities in Ghost Town are only available on weekends and on October 31 while Halloween activities occur daily in Camp Snoopy.

Daily Activities in Camp Snoopy (During the week and weekends)

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  • “The Monsters are Coming Charlie Brown” show in Camp Snoopy Theater
  • Meet the Peanuts Gang in their Halloween Costumes (more on that later)
  • Grand Sierra Railroad Halloween Overlay
  • Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny (this may be scary for young kids)

Weekend only Activities in Ghost Town (in addition to activities above)

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  • FREE Trick or Treating for kids 11 and under.  Get your complementary purple bag when you first come in through the maingates.  There are 6 Trick or Treat locations located throughout Calico.  Look for the orange barrels.
  • Meet the Ghouls of Ghost Town.  Don’t worry–they’re all friendly ghosts!
  • Ghoulash–about every hour, the ghouls gather in front of the school house to tell jokes
  • Creepy Critters of Calico in the Livery Barn
  • Linus’ Pumpkin Patch and activities in Calico Square
  • “Calling all the Monsters” Costume Contest at Camp Snoopy Theater at 3:15
  • Spooky Story Time show in the Birdcage Theater–comedic retelling of the Tale of the Headless Horseman

Halloween Peanuts Characters in Camp Snoopy

Most of the Peanuts Gang is dressed up in their Halloween costumes for Spooky Farm!  Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and JT meet in the gazebo directly following “The Monsters are Coming Charlie Brown” show in Camp Snoopy Theater.  Linus is the only character that is not wearing a Halloween costume since he is waiting for the Great Pumpkin in Calico Square.  The other Peanuts Characters meet on various days all around Camp Snoopy.  If you are looking for a specific character, you can ask an escort in a purple Spooky Farm tee shirt.

  • JT in her 50’s outfit
  • Snoopy as the Masked Beagle
  • Frankenstein Charlie Brown
  • Witch Lucy
  • Skeleton Pig Pen (NEW!)
  • Pumpkin Flower Sally
  • Phantom of the Opera Schroeder
  • Mummy Peppermint Patty
  • Vampire Franklin
  • Pirate Woodstock
  • Linus in the Pumpkin Patch in Calico Square (no costume)

Ghouls in Ghost Town

My favorite part of Knotts Spooky Farm is playing with the friendly ghouls in Calico!  Every ghoul has a unique storyline–ask them how they died!  New ghoul Miss Issippi told me that the reason why she died is because she wore white after labor day.  Nosy Posy is another new ghoul in town that is also known as the town gossip.  Ollie Board is a railroad driver and my daughters love chasing him through Ghost Town.  About every hour, the ghouls will congregate around the School House for “Ghoulash”, a time for jokes and puns.

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Knott’s Spooky Farm runs weekends and on October 31.  For more information, visit the Knott’s website here.

Everything You Need to Know about Knott’s Scary Farm

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Get ready for the fog!  Knott’s Scary Farm is coming to Knott’s Berry Farm on select nights September 19 through November 2.  Last year was my first time at Haunt and I had no idea what to expect!  Here is everything you need to know about this high thrill Halloween event!

What is Knott’s Scary Farm

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Knott’s Scary Farm, or “Haunt” for short, is a separate ticketed event on select Halloween season nights.  It is a high thrill scary Halloween event with monsters, mazes, scare zones, and themed shows.  Even though there is no enforced age limit, it is recommended for guests age 13 and up.  Knott’s Scary Farm should not be confused with Knott’s Spooky Farm which is the family friendly Halloween event that happens during daytime hours on weekends at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Things to do at Scary Farm

Be prepared to get scared!  Scare Zones are locations in the parks where monsters roam free.  They can stalk, jump, slide, yell, shake cans of beans, but never touch you (and you should never touch them!).  Mazes are huge sets that you walk through where monsters can jump out.  These are the main attraction of Scary Farm and lines for these can get very long.  If you need a break from frights, catch a show for some comedic relief.

Scare Zones

  • Ghost Town Streets:  monsters and sliders (scare actors who skid on their knees) in the Ghost Town Calico area
  • Carnevil:  clowns in the Boardwalk area from Johnny Rockets to Xcellerator (by Hangtime)
  • The Hollows:  monsters in the Camp Snoopy area with occasional show stops by the waterfall
  • Forsaken Lake:  calvacade that happens just past the railroad tracks near the Log Ride entrance (pathway to Fiesta).  NEW this year is a bigger and better parade.

Shows

  • Awaken the Dead Fiesta:  Dia de los muertos dancers with a live dj (not scary), located on the stage in Fiesta Village
  • The Conjuring:  Improv show now located in the Birdcage Theater in Ghost Town (not scary)
  • The Hanging:  big nightly show on the outdoor Calico Stage featuring current pop culture trends (not scary)
  • NEW! Brian Henson’s Puppet Up:  part improv, part puppet show, completely unscripted and uncensored.  Located in the Charles M Schulz Theater (not scary but likely very raunchy)

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Mazes

  • NEW Wax Works:  Former Plastic Surgeon turned Wax Collector enjoys turning people into his demented works of art

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  • NEW Origins: the Curse of Calico:  Finally a maze that links together a scare zone, the Hanging, and a maze.  Origins: The Curse of Calico tells the story of how a witch cursed the land of Calico before her attempted hanging.  The fog that covers the Ghost Town Streets scare zone represents the witch’s curse.  This brand new maze will take place near the Ghost Town cemetery.  Keep your eyes out for some familiar Ghost Town Alive faces!

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  • FINAL YEAR Shadowlands
  • FINAL YEAR Special Ops Infected:  (zombie maze with laser gun).  New this year is a split track to make each walk through spontaneous and unique
  • Dark Entities:  improved lighting and enhanced scares
  • The Depths:  new elevator scene
  • Dark Ride:  Gift shop added at the end
  • Pumpkin Eater
  • Paranormal Inc

NEW Exclusive Merchandise

The Iron Reef gift shop located near the Charles M Schulz Theater has been rethemed for Hallowen and is now called the “Bizarre Bazaar”.  Yes, there is a Knott’s Scary Farm spirit jersey.  Is it even a theme park if there wasn’t a coordinating spirit jersey?

Also new this year are commemorative pins.  There are 4 for 2019 celebrating the new mazes (Origins and Wax Works) and the two mazes in its finale year (Shadowlands and Ops).  Each pin is priced at $9.95 before tax.  Also be on the look out for exclusive desserts and dining options only available during Haunt!

Admission Dates and Prices

Thursdays through Sundays from September 19 through November 2.  If you have a single day ticket or Season Pass to Knott’s Berry Farm, you will need a separate ticket for Scary Farm.  Hours are Thursdays and Sundays 7pm-1am, and Fridays and Saturday 7pm-2am.  Note that regular Knott’s Berry Farm daily hours end a little bit earlier on Scary Farm days (weekends close at 5:00!).  Even if you are staying for Haunt, you will have to exit the park since they completely clear out the park before letting people in for the after hours event.

  • Single Night Admission:  $84 at the gates
  • Save money and buy tickets online:  Single night admission starting at $43 at http://www.knottsscaryfarm.com
  • Scary Farm Season Pass:  $100 for non passholders, $90 for passholders
  • Fright and Fast Lane Pass:  starting at $90 add on to bypass the line of all mazes and Fast Lane eligible roller coasters (HIGHLY recommended)

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  • Knott’s Scary Farm Boo-fet and early entry:  Dine with the monsters before Scary Farm at this dinner buffet.  $37.99 (Scary Farm admission required and not included).  Includes refillable souvenir cup ($14.99 value), one digital download photo with a monster at the dinner, and early entry so you can beat the popular maze lines
  • Visit www.knottsscaryfarm.com for exclusive bundle discounts and additional discounts for Season Passholders

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This is a separate ticketed event from daytime Knott’s Berry Farm.  You will need to buy a ticket even if you have an Annual Pass.
  • Meal plans are NOT valid during Haunt, but souvenir drink refills ARE VALID.
  • Parking passes ARE VALID (and police are extra vigilant about ticketing in illegal parking areas in neighborhoods).  A parking pass can be bought ahead of time for $22.
  • There is no age limit enforced, but this event is recommended for guests age 13 and up.
  • DON’T TOUCH THE SCARE ACTORS.  They are people too.

What ticket should I get?

If there’s the slightest chance that you would want to go more than once, definitely get the Knott’s Scary Farm Season pass ($90-$100).  It pays for itself in under 2 visits and you won’t feel pressured to do all the mazes in one evening.  If you only have one day to visit, I would highly consider the Fright and Fast Lane wristband (starting at $90 add on or $125 bundled with admission).  Lines for mazes can easily be over an hour long and the only way to see everything is with the front of the line pass.  If you don’t want to spend quite that much, I would book a Boo-fet dinner which allows you early entry ($37.99 add on or $77.99 with admission).  Since this includes the souvenir cup valued at $14.99, you’re basically paying $23 for a great meal and access to mazes with a short wait time.

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Get ready for Haunt and see you in the fog!  For more of our adventures at Knott’s Berry Farm, follow us on instagram @littlegraythread.  Photos courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Everything You Need to Know about Knott’s Berry Farm 2020 Season Passes (and how you can get in for FREE in 2019)

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Knott’s Berry Farm 2020 season is going to be the BEST YET because they are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of California’s First Theme Park!  2020 Season Passes have just be released for sale on the Knott’s Berry Farm Website.  Did you know that passes are only valid per calendar year, and they get MORE EXPENSIVE as the year goes on?  But did you also know that if you buy a 2020 pass, you can still get in to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2019 for CHEAPER than if you were to buy a pass for this year?  Since I am an official Knott’s Berry Farm Berry Blogger, my family received complementary passes for the 2019 season.  Here’s everything you need to know:  

Knott’s Berry Farm 2020 Season Pass Information for NEW Passholders

This information is if you currently DO NOT have a 2019 Knott’s Berry Farm Pass

  • Passes are valid January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.  If you buy a pass in April, it still will expire December 31 of 2020.
  • When you buy a NEW 2020 Season Pass, you get one free entry in 2019
    • If you buy a Gold Pass (which includes Soak City), you can use your free 2019 for Soak City for this year!
  • If you’d like to visit additional times in 2019, you can buy UNLIMITED additional entries for yourself for $14.99.   (Knott’s Scary Farm is not included)
    • This means you can come back for Knott’s Spooky Farm (family friendly Halloween celebration weekends during the day) and Knott’s Merry Farm as many times as you want for just $14.99 a visit.

Renewal Information for Existing Knott’s Berry Farm Passholders

If you currently have a 2019 pass and are interesting in renewing for 2020, this information is for you.

  • You can renew your pass online at knotts.com and enjoy a $10 discount 
  • You get a free Bring-A-Friend ticket valid any fall daytime from September 7, 2019-December 13, 2019.
    • This means your friends can enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm or Knott’s Merry Farm.  Tickets are redeemable at the ticket booths.
  • Payment plans are available for as low as $7 a month ($12 down for a purple pass)

What are the Different Types of Passes?

There are three levels of passes:  Regular (purple), Gold (gold, obviously), and Platinum (gray).

Regular Purple Pass:  $99 ($89 for renewals)

Knotts purple Pass

  • Unlimited visits to Knott’s Berry Farm with no black out dates
  • Admission to Peanuts Celebration, Boysenberry Festival, Knott’s Spooky Farm, Knott’s Merry Farm, and the 100th Anniversary celebration
  • Early Entry and Bring-a-friend Discount Days
  • 10% Discounts on select food and merchandise
  • Parking is not included but can be added for $75

Gold Pass (includes Soak City):  $120 ($110 for renewals)

Knotts Gold Pass

  • All the benefits of the Regular Purple pass, but includes unlimited admission to the 2020 Soak City Season
  • 10% Discounts on select food and merchandise in both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City
  • Early Entry to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City on select days (this is very valuable especial for Soak City days–this will allow you the best opportunity to secure a lounge chair spot in the shade)
  • Parking is not included but can be added for $75

Platinum Pass (includes all Ceder Fair Parks and parking):  $197 ($191 for renewals)

Knotts Platinum Pass

  • Unlimited visits to Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City 2020 Season
  • Includes unlimited admission to all Ceder Fair Parks across the country (there is Great America in Northern California)
  • 20% Discounts on select food and merchandise
  • Parking is INCLUDED! ($75 value)
  • Important note:  the optional dining plan is $15 more with this option ($130 vs $115 for Regular and Gold).

Additional Pass Add-ons

  • Parking:  $75 add on to Regular Purple and Gold passes
  • 2020 All Season Dining:  $115 for Regular Purple and Gold or $130 for Platinum
    • Enjoy 2 meals (spaced 4 hours apart) every single day, all season long
  • 2020 All Season Drink Refills:  $31.99
    • Unlimited Drink Refills all season long! (15 minute cool down time between refills)
    • Choose between the reusable Souvenir Bottle or the paper cup plan
  • 2020 All Season Unlimited Digital Photos:  $49.99
    • Add FunPix to your pass to get unlimited digital photos from select rides, Peanuts Meet and Greets, or anytime a Knott’s Photographer snaps your photo
  • 2020 Season Pass Locker Rentals:  $150
    • Don’t like to hold stuff and don’t like paying $15 each time?  Get a year long pass for $150 (also valid at Soak City)

So What Pass Should I Get?

I definitely recommend getting at least the Gold Pass because by the time summer comes next year, you’re going to want to go to Soak City at least once (and by then, the Gold Pass will be $150 so might as well just buy it now for $21 more).  The price difference between a Gold Pass plus Parking ($120 + $75) and the Platinum Pass ($197) is literally just TWO DOLLARS.  The only downside is that the Meal Plan is $15 more, but with the higher discount on food and merchandise, I bet you could make that up throughout the year.  I HIGHLY recommend getting the Meal Plan at least for some of your family passes.  It pays for itself in less than 4 visits and it’s so nice not having to worry about buying food in the park.

In a nutshell, I would have one person in your family get the Platinum Pass, which includes parking.  You can opt to add the meal plan on to your Gold Passes at a smaller rate.  Here’s what I would do to buy season tickets for my two daughters and myself.  I would get the Platinum pass for me (in case I have a random no-kid Knott’s Day, the parking would be on my pass), I would get the Gold Pass for my daughters and add the Meal Plan on to their Gold passes (since it is $15 cheaper).  We are usually good with 2 souvenir drink refill bottles since the kids don’t drink as much as I do.

As always, season pass prices don’t go anywhere but UP, so run and secure this introductory pricing while you can!  Take advantage of the 2019 entry offers and save yourself some money!  2020 is going to be the best year, especially with the 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Keep your eyes out for all new entertainment and offerings!  Follow along using the hashtags #Knotts100 and #AKnottsFamilyReunion.

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