Southern California’s original theme park opens up to passholders, giving them a first look at the centennial celebrations ahead.
On May 6, passholders were welcomed back to California’s original theme park, a couple of weeks ahead of the grand reopening on May 21. Guests got a sneak peek of the exciting new additions and surprises lined up for its 100th Anniversary Celebration. Meanwhile, Knotts Soak City Waterpark will be reopening on May 29.
Upon reopening, the park will be dolling out the nostalgia as it celebrates a century of “memories in the making” with its which will continue through September 6. Along with the taste of the old berry farm’s famous fried chicken and boysenberry pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream once again, there’ll be familiar characters, old rides and a few new attractions.
Guests will also get to experience the all-new Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, which is a 4-D interactive dark ride that’s an homage to the classic attraction from 35 years ago. For evening entertainment, live music and DJs will return to the stage with specialty food and drinks to delight palates.
Advanced tickets are required and are already on sale. Anyone with season passes bought on May 5, 2021, will be valid through May 2, 2022. Find out more here.
To supposedly get the farm through the Great Depression, Knott’s wife started serving her homemade fried chicken on her own wedding china in her tea room. That grew into serving 4,000 chicken dinners every Sunday, where lines of people would wait outside for a meal. And what better way to keep them entertained than a stretch of frights and thrills in Ghost Town, a saloon and an old steam train?
From its humble beginnings in the 1920s, when Walter Knott was cultivating the unique boysenberries to becoming America’s first theme park, it’s seen a whole lot in its lifetime. It’s survived the Great Depression, World War II, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re can’t wait to honor this incredible milestone!
Location: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
Featured image: Knotts Berry Farm