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Knott's Berry Farm

Buena Park, California

Knott's Berry Farm, originally home to the Boysenberry and home cooked chicken dinners, has grown into a major theme park close to Disneyland in California.

Opened19 June 1920
SeasonYear round
OwnerCedar Fair
Websitewww.knotts.com
Nearby Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (7 miles)
LA County Fair (28 miles)
Universal Studios Hollywood (32 miles)
Santa Monica Pier (37 miles)
Six Flags Magic Mountain (58 miles)
A chicken dinner and boysenberry jam, served in Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant

A chicken dinner and boysenberry jam, served in Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant

In the early 1920s, Walter Knott began growing boysenberries on his farm in Buena Park, California. Named after its original inventor Rudolph Boysen, a boysenberry is a hybrid cross between a loganberry, blackberry and raspberry. Knott's crop of boysenberries were a hit, and his family began selling boysenberry products at the roadside next to his farm. To supplement their income, Walter's wife Cordelia setup a restaurant from which she served fried chicken dinners.

Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant became so popular that lines of people several hours long could be found on busy days waiting to be seated in one of several dining rooms. To give them something to do to pass the time, Walter Knott built a Ghost Town with old buildings and other diversions for the waiting guests to explore. With the addition of a railroad, Calico Mine Train dark ride and a log flume, Walter Knott's Berry Farm started its transformation into a fully fledged major theme park, just a few miles down the road from Walt Disney's Disneyland.

The Calico Mine Train ride

The Calico Mine Train ride

The early attractions are still available today, and for a period over the summer up until Labor Day, Ghost Town becomes Ghost Town Live, as live actors fill the streets and buildings playing characters from the Old West and interacting with visitors. Guests are still welcome at Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, where they can sample boysenberry products and chicken cooked to the same recipes as in Cordelia Knott's day.

Knott's Berry Farm is now home to several major rollercoasters including GhostRider, a wooden coaster originally from Custom Coasters International (CCI). GhostRider received a major overhaul from Great Coasters International (GCI) in 2016, and gives a fantastically fun ride which includes a section that crosses over the street outside.

Other rollercoasters include Silver Bullet, a B&M inverted coaster; Pony Express, a Zamperla MotoCoaster where the typical motorbike themed trains have been replaced by ponies; Xcelerator, an Intamin launch coaster; and Jaguar, a huge version of a Zierer Tivoli.

Attractions

GhostRider

GhostRider

Wooden rollercoaster

Silver Bullet

Silver Bullet

Inverted Coaster

Supreme Scream

Supreme Scream

Drop Tower

Xcelerator

Xcelerator

Intamin launched coaster

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Recreation of an Old West town

Calico Railroad

Calico Railroad

Train ride

Calico Mine Ride

Calico Mine Ride

Mine train dark ride

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Interactive dark ride

Bigfoot Rapids

Bigfoot Rapids

Whitewater rapids ride

Pony Express

Pony Express

Pony themed rollercoaster

Coast Rider

Coast Rider

Wild Mouse

Jaguar!

Jaguar!

Huge Zierer Tivoli

Timber Mountain Log Ride

Timber Mountain Log Ride

Log flume

Sierra Sidewinder

Sierra Sidewinder

Spinning rollercoaster

Wild West Stunt Show

Wild West Stunt Show

Live action stunt show

Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant

Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant

The original restaurant serving chicken dinners and boysenberry foods