Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park
Boysenberry Jam (of Knott's Berry Farm)
Buena Park is the home of the boysenberry. It was created by combining blackberry, red raspberry and loganberry. Walter Knott, namesake of the berry farm, and Rudolph Boysen are the credited inventors. Why Boysen took all the credit namewise for the fruity idea- this I have yet to uncover! Well, I guess it was enough that Berry got the whole farm!
Favorite thing: What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of world class rides, unique family shows and one of a kind attractions. At America's favorite theme park, experience GhostRider the world's best wooden roller coaster, Supreme Scream, 30-stories up, 3 seconds down and the high-octane thrill of Xcelerator, rated the world's best launch coaster, sending riders 0-80 in 2.3 seconds. For a different type of thrill, stroll on over to Camp Snoopy, home to the beloved PEANUTS gang.
Fondest memory: An obvious ripoff from Disneyland's Haunted mansion. I guess this was the slum area for the ghost set. This would be a "warning or danger" tip if Knott's Berry Farm didn't engage in a little "urban renewal" here in 2000. The warning sign at the entrance says Due to optical illusions and special effects of this attraction, you must be able to walk on sloping surfaces and free from the effects of vertigo.
Fondest memory: It was a long box with 3 rows of seats- big enough to fit 40 or 50 people at a time. It is one of those balance rides with a counter weight. This ride remained right side up. Together with the Tampico Tumbler, the 2002 season was the last season for this ride.
Fondest memory: I got on the Tampico Tumbler on which cars would spin vertically 15 feet (5 m.) above the ground and go around simultaneously. Sadly, in the spring of 2003, they decided to close it down in order to give way to another ride.
Since this is the General section I'll give you some 'general' impressions of Knott's Berry Farm. We did not go to Soak City. We got there early in the morning when they first opened.
I heard people in California comparing Knott's and DisneyLand and talking about which one was better. That is like comparing apples and oranges. They are two different places that began in different ways. Disneyland has created a kind of fantasy world while Knott's has taken lessons from history.
Knott's started out as a berry farm. Mr. Knott's invented the boysenberry. (We got some boysenberry jam and it was great.) Then Mrs. Knott's began to sell fried chicken and opened a restaraunt during the depression. As point of interest Mr. Knott's had some old west buildings moved to the farm. Soon an entire western town was there and then a theme park.
What I did not like about Knott's was that in general it was not as clean or well run as I expected. When we pulled in the staff was still cleaning trash from the parking lot. It would have made a better impression to clean up before guests arrived. The parking lot had some bad pot holes. They could make the place more attractive with general upkeep. Some of the rides at Knott's were out of order when we were there also.
What I did like about Knott's was that there were lots of great shows. The shows were free and the shows were all extremely good. See the shows if you are there.
At Knott's there is a sense of history. If I was the father of young children I would take them there to help instill a love of history in them. Great place for children to learn about the old west, cowboys, mining, and dinosaurs.
I also liked the fact that the day we were there it was not very crowded. We did not have to stand in line for long periods of time to ride the rides and got good seats easily at the shows we saw.