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The last date listed for Knott's Berry Farm was Sunday February 28, 2010 / 10am - 7pm.
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The last time I had been to Knott's was about twenty years ago. Maybe it was the warm glow of youth, but I remember Knotts not being so run down. There was gum everywhere, paint sloppily applied in some places and peeling in others, many stores and restaurants closed. There was very awkward moment when we tried to redeem our Goldstar tickets: Apparently, the person at Guest Services wasn't aware of the Goldstar offer, and wasn't sure what to do with the Ticket Confirmation email I presented for about ten minutes. It was ultimately resolved, but, yes, awkward.
The food inside the park was terrible and overpriced. We tried to eat lunch at Johnny Rockets, but we were told that there was a twenty-five minute wait, even with the lunch counter sparsely occupied. When I asked about the counter, I was told that it would be closed until 12:45 p.m. This was at noon -- lunchtime for most of the modern world, right? We ultimately went to an expensive Panda Express, thematically appropriate in the middle of Knott's wild west area. The line for the chicken dinner restaurant outside of the park was insanely long, so we skipped that too. I have heard that the chicken is rather good, and I enjoy Knott's jam.
The rollercoasters, however, were mostly great. Silver Bullet and Psyclone were awesome. Boomerang was pretty fun, too. But for Pony Express, you straddle a "pony", a lever secures you on your pony from behind, and then you zoom for about twenty seconds around a little track so that everyone can admire your strange crouch atop a steed. Not so fun. Xcelerator and Jaguar were closed. Didn't do the water rides because it was chilly. Mystery Lodge would have been cool if it were 1994 and the projector wasn't skipping. I was afraid that I was going to get Legionnaires Disease in the musty, moldy and rundown Calico Mine ride.
I used to think of Knott's as a good hybrid of Disneyland and Magic Mountain. Now it's just a notch above a traveling carnival. For better atmosphere and charm, I'd say spend the extra cash and go to Disneyland. For consistently superior rollercoasters, go to Magic Mountain. For chicken dinner, jam, and awkwardness, Knott's?
Walter and Cordelia Knott – Founders of Knott’s Berry Farm
The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the then-sleepy community of Buena Park, California to farm their rented land. Today, that land is part of 160-acre Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s first theme park and the 12th most-visited amusement park in the country. Today, owner Cedar Fair, L.P., continues the Knotts’ spirit of hard work and down-home hospitality.
The Knotts’ first winter on the Farm was unseasonably cold and much of their first crop was ruined by frost. But relying on his ability to make the most of what he had, Walter initiated his practice of selling directly to grocers, thus eliminating costly middlemen, and was able to realize a small profit.
Walter’s keen eye for sound enterprise and his dogged determination to succeed were attributes which became evident early in his boyhood years and remained solid through his life and career. His father died when he was six and by the time he was nine, Walter was raising vegetables on vacant lots, selling the produce in the morning before school and delivering newspapers in the evenings to help supplement the family income.
It was not until the 1930s that Walter became associated with the “boysenberry,” which would became the family trademark. Nearby, Anaheim Parks Superintendent Rudolph Boysen had experimented with a new strain of berry but the plants kept dying on the vine. Walter took the scraggly plants, nurtured them to health and named the new berry — a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry — after its originator. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots to Knott’s Berry Farm.
As another means of staving off Depression hardships, Cordelia began selling jams and jellies made from Walter’s berries. These were soon followed by home-baked pies, hot biscuits and sandwiches. Then, on a night in June 1934, Cordelia served eight fried chicken dinners on her wedding china – for the all-inclusive price of 65 cents each – and the world’s largest chicken dinner restaurant was born. Today, the Chicken Dinner Restaurant seats more than 900 guests at a time, serves more than 1. 5 million guests each year, and is the largest full-service restaurant that serves chicken as its main course.
The success of the chicken dinners was immediate and by 1940 the restaurant was serving as many as 4,000 dinners on Sunday evenings. To give waiting customers something to do and to pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents and his love of the Old West, Walter developed Ghost Town, eventually the first of Knott’s Berry Farm’s six themed areas.