Knott’s Berry Farm Fireworks Knott’s Berry Farm started as a berries stand next to a family farm in Orange County CA. Soon, the Knott family added preserves and pies, then the very popular Mrs. Knott’s chicken restaurant. The Knott's added some shops and attractions to keep customers waiting to be seated entertained and then built a ghost town.

Now, the property is owned by a major entertainment company and has grown into a major theme park with several themed towns and many rides to satisfy every taste.

On our recent visit to Knott’s, the kids and I had a blast. We went on a Friday, and we were lucky that the park was not crowded. We went on many rides, and we were able to ride more than once on some of the popular ones.

The high summer temperatures did not discourage us. Whenever we started to feel overheated, we would go on a water ride (Bigfoot Rapids, Perilous Plunge, or Timber Mountain Log Ride).

The park has several sections of attractions and shops. It is very large, and it is almost impossible to see and try all the rides and shows in one day. One way to try and accomplish this impossible feat is to buy Fast Lane tickets. Fast lane ticket holders have a separate queue, and it is usually empty. Another way is to go during the week, but crowds and queues on any day are unpredictable.

Ghost Town

Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town Step back in time and experience life as it used to be in the old West. The ghost town has many shops and relics from a long-gone era. You can find craftsmen working on their crafts, a one-room schoolhouse, a museum, a jailhouse, shops, food stands, and a stagecoach that takes you around the park.

Within the boundaries of Ghost Town, you will also find Wild Water Wilderness with several rides.

Bigfoot Rapids

Knott’s Berry Farm Bigfoot RapidsThis is a typical water ride in which you ride a circular raft and go through a river with twists, turns, and plunges.

The ride is easy, with no sudden movements or deep plunges, but you expect to get wet. That is the whole idea of a water ride.

If you want to enjoy it without getting wet, buy or bring a poncho. Remember to keep your cameras and other water-sensitive items in the compartment provided in the middle of the raft.

Pony Express

Knott’s Berry Farm Pony ExpressPony Express is a fast rollercoaster ride with a quick launch. The seats are designed to simulate a galloping horse, but to me, they felt more like motorcycles. You straddle the seat and sit leaning forward, which adds to the excitement of the ride.

Like any rollercoaster, it goes through several twists, turns, and drops. This one is considered easy and appropriate for young children. It was fun to ride but ended too quickly.

Ghost Rider

Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost RiderGhost Rider is one of the world's longest and tallest wooden rollercoasters. It is a long and thrilling ride (about 2 minutes).

The lines are usually exceedingly long, but the wait is entertaining. You will start by going through a mining tunnel, then you will go through a mine-themed structure. Once your wait is over, you will board gold, silver, and copper-colored trains and start your climb to your first big drop. The whole experience feels like a runaway mining cart.

Silver Bullet

Knott’s Berry Farm Silver Bullet This is another fast and thrilling rollercoaster ride with a twist. The ride lasts 2 minutes and 9 seconds, full of vertical, sideways, and corkscrew loops. Expect to be tossed around and flipped upside down six times during this ride.

Many people are afraid of upside-down loops, but I noticed that when you are in the loop, you really don’t feel you are upside down. You just feel that you are smashed into your seat – which is one reason they warn pregnant women and people with back problems to avoid those types of rides.

If you want to see Silver Bullet in action, watch the movie “Knocked Up.” It is prominent in the opening credits.

Timber Mountain Log Ride

Knott’s Berry Farm Log Ride One of the classic water rides at Knott’s. You will ride a boat shaped like a log and a tunnel through a darkened mountain waterway. The highlight of the ride is the big plunge through a rushing water flume at the end.

Dining at Ghost Town

If you are very hungry, go to Spurs, where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ. Other options include Sutter’s Ghost Town Bakery.

Also, in Ghost Town, you can have a delicious BBQ at Fireman's Brigade, where they serve barbecued chicken, ribs, flank steak sandwiches, giant turkey legs, and baked potatoes. You can also enjoy the jumbo hotdog and corn on the cub.

Fiesta Village

Fiesta Village is a Mexican pop-culture area with several Mexican-themed rides and restaurants.

Here, you find heart-stopping rides like La Revolución, Jaguar, and Montezooma's Revenge, along with more relaxed rides like Dragon Swing, Hat Dance, and Merry-Go-Round.

La Revolución

Whatever you do, don’t go on this ride after a big meal. You may lose it. This is a fast-spinning ride – and while you are spinning, one side is lifted up to 120 degrees. So you are going up and down and spinning at the same time.

Jaguar

Knott’s Berry Farm JaguarJaguar is one of the oldest rollercoaster rides at Knott’s. It is easier than most of the other rollercoasters, but it is still a lot of fun.

Your fun starts when you get in the queue by entering an ancient Aztec temple shaped like a pyramid. You will see drawings and paintings from the Aztec empire throughout the temple. You will see skeletons of long-dead prisoners on one side of the bottom floor. While on the other side, you can see a giant Aztec idol. To add to the eerie atmosphere, you will hear the beat of drums and other sound effects.

Once you complete your journey through the temple, you will ride on one of two trains and start your first ascent. After that, you go through several typical twists and turns, a few bunny hills, and a second hill. The ride goes through or close to several other rides and rollercoasters, adding to the excitement.

The ride takes about 2 minutes. 

Montezooma's Revenge (Closed)

Knott’s Berry Farm Montezoomas RevengeThis rollercoaster has also been around at Knott's for a long time but is still very popular. The ride lasts only 35 seconds but will feel much longer.

You first launch from 0 to 55 miles per hour in 3 seconds. Then you go through a giant 7-story vertical loop and keep going, almost straight up, until you run out of tracks. The train then starts falling backward, going through the loop in reverse, passing the boarding station, and going up to the other end of the track. Finally, you will be sent forward to disembark. A very thrilling 35 seconds.

The ride is currently closed for renovations and will open in 2023.

Dragon Swing

Knott’s Berry Farm Dragon Swing by METRO96 - Wikimedia Riding on a dragon swing is always fun – if you can handle the feeling of being weightless for a few seconds.

The ride is shaped like a giant pirate ship. The ship will start swinging once everyone is seated and properly secured with the lap restraint. The angle of swinging will keep getting sharper until you are almost vertical to the ground. You will feel weightless for a few seconds while the wing is switching from up to down motion.

I am unsure if this is a myth or truth, but people say the middle seats are easier than the last seats on either side. Maybe you can try both and let us know. I picked the middle seats, but my kids chose the side ones.

Hat Dance

Hat dance is remarkably similar to the mad hatter at Disneyland. You pick your sombrero and start spinning to your heart’s content. The ride usually turns into a contest between kids or kids and their parents to see who will say uncle first.

Merry-Go-Round

This is one of the oldest running merry-go-rounds. It has been running for more than a century. While riding the large assortment of animals, you can enjoy the music of the old organ.

Wind Seeker

Knott’s Berry Farm Wind SeekerThis is one of the newest rides at Knott’s. The ride is a very tall Tower 301 with long swings attached to it. The ride starts while the swings are close to the ground. Once you are safely sitting in your assigned seat and the restraint bar is in place, the swings start rising to the top of the tower.

The whole swing assembly starts spinning with increasing speed. By the time you reach the highest point, the swings will be spinning at 30 miles an hour.

Along with the thrill of being so high up and quickly spinning, you will have the added advantage of a great view of Orange County.

The ride feels different when the specially designed lighting effects are let up at night.

The ride is about 3 minutes long.

Dining options

Fiesta Village has only two main dining venues: La Victoria Cantina and Pancho's Tacos. Both offer Mexican food. La Victoria has a better selection and a nice, shaded area to enjoy your food.
If you don’t like Mexican food, you can get a Fries snack at Papa Loca.

The Boardwalk

This is where you can find most thrill rides and many arcade games. This includes physical challenges like rock climbing, basketball, and rope ladder crawling.

Boomerang

Knott’s Berry Farm Sky CabinIf you didn’t get enough of being tossed around forwards and backward in Montezooma's Revenge, then jump into this Boomerang.

On this rollercoaster, you will start your trip by going back through some loops, then reverse directions to go back through the station for another set of loops. You will then be sent backward yet again to come to rest at the station.

Your ride will last about 1.5 minutes, and you feel like a boomerang at the end of the ride.

Perilous Plunge (Closed)

Have you ever fantasized about running Niagara Falls in a barrel? Probably not, but if you go on this ride, you will come remarkably close to doing so.

It starts as a typical water ride, riding a log through a stream of water, but the final plunge is nothing but typical. Your log boat will be plunging from a height of 115 feet at a very sharp 75-degree angle. This is thirty-four feet shy of Niagara Falls's height.

Note: Perilous Plunge was closed for good on Sept 3, 2012, to make way for a new ride.

Sky Cabin

If you would like to experience the great views of Orange County without the adrenaline rush of Wind Seeker, this is the ride for you. Just sit down and relax while the rotating cabin climbs the high tower to the top. Enjoy the view from the top for a while before descending slowly to the ground.

Supreme Scream

If you are not a thrill-seeker or if you are afraid of heights, then avoid this ride. Otherwise, enjoy the thrill of being propelled at high speed to a height of 254 feet and then being rendered weightless while you are dropping back to the ground level. You will bounce a few times until you settle back down.

Xcelerator

Knott’s Berry Farm XceleratorThis is probably the best and most thrilling rollercoaster at Knott’s to date. You start with an extremely fast launch that takes you from 0 to 82 mph in 2.3 seconds.

The train then quickly ascends a 205 ft loop (about 20 stories) – at a 90-degree angle. After this epic climb, you will still have to navigate several large loops before returning to the station.

The ride is about 62 seconds.

Note: There are two different lines for this ride. If you want additional thrills, go to the line that takes you to the first seats on the train. This line takes longer, but it is worth the wait.

Dining options

Johnny Rockets is my favorite dining place on the boardwalk. It is a well-known chain that resembles 50’s diners and offers great American food. Hollywood Hits and Boardwalk Barbeque are other good options.

Camp Snoopy

Knott’s Berry Farm Camp SnoopyIf you have young kids, you are probably starting your day at Camp Snoopy. This is themed around the "Peanuts" comic strip characters. It has many rides suited for young children and their parents.

Some of the children's rides are Ca Bus, High Sierra Ferris Wheel, Snoopy Bounce, Joe Cool's Gr8 Sk8, and Charlie Brown's Speedway.

It also has a new rollercoaster that would be fun for all ages. It is the Sierra Sidewinder.

Sierra Sidewinder

The Sierra Sidewinder is a rollercoaster with a split personality. It has trains that run on winding tracks, but each car is freely spinning. This makes the ride more interesting because you can never predict which way you will be facing after each turn or climb.

The ride is about 2 minutes long.

Dining options

The only diner here is Grizzly Creek Lodge. You enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fresh salads, or Snoopy's Kids Meals. They have indoor and outdoor dining areas.

For a quick snack, grab some dipping dots at Cave Inn.

New Year's Eve Celebration

Knott’s Berry Farm New Year's EveKnott's Berry Farm puts on its festive decorations, rock bands, and special shows to celebrate the new year. Everywhere you go, you are greeted with bright colors and happy music. At 7 PM the cast starts distributing free party favors to all (while supplies last). If you are lucky, you will get a hat and a noisemaker.

If you are in the mood, you can dance to great music at Calico Square. Every year, Knott's presents different acts.

In 2015/2016, they had DJ Howly, who played an eclectic mix of high-energy music, and the cover band The Reflexx, who played 80's songs like "Send Me An Angel."

At the stroke of midnight, a spectacular fireworks show starts in western skies above Knott's. It was an exciting way to welcome the new year.

Knott's Scary Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm Scary FarmFrom mid-September to the end of October, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into a scary farm at night - with tons of mazes, haunted houses, and all kinds of spooky creatures roaming around.

The amusement park was the first in the world to introduce Halloween-related activities in 1973. 

Since then, they have added more scares to get you in the right mood for Halloween. In 2021, I noticed more spooky characters, mazes, and haunted houses than ever.

As you walk the streets, you get the feeling you are in a bizarre zombie movie. Dark allies and fog set the mood for some ghoul to jump in your face to scare the daylight out of you.

The best way to enjoy this scary night is to get the Fright Lane pass. This allows you to zip through the mazes and shows ahead of everyone else. You can also use the pass to get on the most popular rides.

My favorite mazes were the Wax Works and the Depths. 

“Wax Works” was very creepy, with mutilated wax figures everywhere. Beware of the horribly disfigured wax artists looking for their next victim. 

At the depths, you will be transported to an abandoned port village to walk through a swamp filled with every conceivable creature. The swap is simulated with fog and laser beams. I really felt like I was wading through the terrifying swamp. 

For even more fun and scares, book your Boo-Fet buffet dinner. Fill up on all-you-can-eat Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, carving station, boysenberry pie, and more. After your delicious meal, you get an early entry to the park to witness the unleashing of the monsters.
 

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park CA 90620