Why We Love Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passes and GIVEAWAY!!!!!

knotts-season-passes-benefits if you have been a reader of Sandy Toes and Popsicles over the past ten years, then you know how much our family LOVES Knott’s Berry Farm. we love the convenience of easy parking and access to the parks, the. the main reason we are able to spend so much time at Knott’s are the Knott’s Berry Farm season passes. with them, we can go to all the events that are happen at Knott’s year round. we enjoy Knott’s so much, that i am trying to convince you that you also need to get annual passes for your family. did you know a Season Pass not only provides admission to Knott’s Berry Farm all year long, but ALSO include some cool perks? it’s true….there are even more perks to having a Season Pass beyond its great value (and no blackout dates)!!!! here are some of the reason you need a Knott’s Season Pass.

(continue reading to find an AWESOME giveaway!!!!)

Why We Love Knott’s

at Knott’s Berry Farm they call it Seasons of Fun because the offerings always change based on the season.

in spring, you can head to the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, the best time for food at Knott’s! it’s ALL THINGS BOYSENBERRY – a salute to the birthplace of the Boysenberry. it’s a month-long food festival featuring boysenberry-inspired dishes that are both sweet and savory, plus lots of fun family-friendly entertainment.

summertime means a whole lot more fun at Knott’s!

first of all, the town of Calico comes to life with Knott’s Ghost Town Alive! and if you haven’t experienced it, you need to. you can make friends with the citizens, taking part in cowboy shenanigans, solve mysteries, capture the bad guys, play games and attend the Hoe Down at sun down. my kids love it so much we went over and over.

PLUS, don’t forget about Soak City. there is more fun in the sun for Gold Season Passholders at Knott’s. this year was the debut of seven new waterslides and a great restaurant….all a big hit. so you are going to want to upgrade to enjoy this side of the park. it’s the only waterpark of this size in Orange County and is a blast!!!! 

other happenings during summer is the 4th of July celebration fireworks on the Fourth of July, and Snoopy Show at the Charles Shultz Theater….and who knows what else Knott’s has planned!

fall is the season of Knott’s Spooky Farm, the park-wide, family friendly Halloween celebration that is not-so-scary.  kids can wear costumes, and the entire family can enjoy the Halloween happenings around the park – 

PLUS, Knott’s Scary Farm….which is not part of the Knott’s Season Pass, but can be purchased

as winter approaches, Santa Snoopy and dancing lights fill the park for Knott’s Merry Farm. this is my absolute favorite time of year at Knott’s. there are nightly snow falls, festive holiday shows, Snoopy on Ice show, carolers, the Christmas Village, Santa’s Christmas Cabin and more. Christmastime at Knott’s is quite charming and special. it has become a family tradition for ours each year.
Vann with Santa at Knott'sKnott's Berry Farm CarolersKnott's Berry Farm Snow and Glow

finally, you can countdown the final moments of the year and ring in the New Year At Knott’s Berry Farm with a spectacular midnight fireworks celebration.

Knott's New Years Eve Celebration

all this plus hundreds of special memories are included with your Knott’s Berry Farm season pass!

Discounts, Add-Ons and Benefits of Knott’s Season Passes

Season Passholders receive Season Pass Benefits. that means discounts on select merchandise and food and dining throughout the park…that includes the signature Knott’s jams and preserves. you also get discounts on hotel stays and Scary farm. one of the best things about being a Season Passholder is that you will receive exclusive opportunities to attend previews of the Seasons of Fun events.

you can also add a parking pass for only $65. i highly recommend also adding the All-Day Dining pass for $99 – this allows you lunch and dinner every time you visit during the year. and for just $29.99, you can get a Season Pass Drink Plan and refresh every visit in 2018 with unlimited drink refills for one low price.knotts-pass-discounts

don’t forget about early entry. during the summer and select days throughout the year, Season Passholders receive early entry into Knott’s Berry Farm – where the park is open exclusively to Passholders. you can be one of the first in line for your favorite rides! Gold Season Passholders also receive early entry to Knott’s Soak City on select days in the summer. pony-express-at-knottsso head over to the Knott’s website and check out the Knott’s Berry Farm season pass options. if you buy now, you can visit the park once in 2017, or if you renew, you get a bring-a-friend-ticket! there are a million reasons why our family LOVES our Knott’s passes, and we hope that your family also has a chance to enjoy Knott’s Season Passes. as much as my family does. maybe you will even see us at the park one day. make sure to say “hi” if you do!

Knott’s Season Pass Giveaway!!!!

Here is your chance to win (2) Knott’s Regular Season Passes. i will be picking two winners for this giveaway! yep, that is two winners that will be chosen at random. please enter below via rafflecopter. Contest ends November 30th at midnight. Good luck!

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{ This is not a sponsored post. Knott’s has provided season passes for the giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own. }

Our Visit to Knott’s Spooky Farm 2017

one of our favorite things about Knott’s Berry Farm is that on weekends and Halloween Day in the month of October, Knott’s Berry Farm becomes Knott’s Spooky Farm!!! this is where the kiddies and those who are too scared to go to Scary Farm can enjoy the Halloween festivities at the park. last weekend, we were finally able to get to Knott’s Spooky Farm!  this year, the whole family was able to make it, even some of our cousins…and we had a blast.

one of the best things is that the kids get to dress up in their costumes, which is always fun. there are so many Halloween decorations up at Knott’s that we got some really great photos.

we love that Knott’s Spooky Farm uses the whole park for a day of not too scary family fun. there is so much to do!

this year the trick-or-treating takes you through the streets of Ghost Town. there are different stations scattered throughout Ghost Town, and each one has a cute door and doorbell, candy, and a friendly Ghost Town character to greet you.

the Ghost Town monsters were great and super fun. they weren’t scary at all, and were happy to pose for a picture or play with the kids for a moment.

after you’re done trick-or-treating you can head to the Livery Stable and hang with these fun scarecrows…

or check out the Creepy Critters of Ghost Town. i am definitely not a fan of bugs, but the rats were actually cute!

plus, even the horses where in the Halloween spirit.

next you will want to head to Calico Park where you can visit the Pumpkin Patch and even decorate a real pumpkin for only $5.

it was then time for our favorite part of the day. a ride on the Timber Mountain Log Ride which has been transformed into a Halloween Hootenanny. Timber Mountain has some mysterious creatures that have entered the woods and caverns. there are fun surprises like the Calico Coffin Creeper Band, the town’s green witch and a labyrinth of Jack-o-lanterns at the bottom of Skull Mountain.

another annual favorite of the day was Snoopy’s Costume Contest and Dance Party. the kids were all dressed up and loved being able to show off their costumes to the crowd and dance with their favorite Peanuts characters. PLUS…the Camp Spooky Theatre not only holds the Peanut’s Costume Contest, it also has a great Halloween show called “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown!” i suggest saving seats early, as the theater was packed with excited people. it’s the perfect way to rest your feet after all the Ghost Town trick or treating.

also within Camp Snoopy, you can “take a trip to Camp Spooky” on the Grand Sierra Railroad and take an adventure with the Peanuts Gang. there are 2D and 3D themed characters and effects. it’s a train ride full of Halloween fun.

in Fiesta Village, its a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration! there is a walk through village with interactive and educational activities, photo ops and face painting.

did i mention that we got a Graveyard Funnel Cake!!!! YUM YUM

the hubby and i had a great time taking my boys and their cousins around Knott’s Spooky Farm for the day. not only did we enjoy all of the Knott’s Spooky Farm events, we also enjoyed the classics like the Steam Engine and Camp Snoopy rides. PLUS, the was Miss Dani Kat’s first time at Knott’s Spooky Farm, so it was fun getting pictures of her dressed up. it was such a fun day….not too crowded at all.

you can visit Knott’s Spooky Farm any weekend in the month of October. it’s free with admission, so it’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and not break the bank. speaking of which, why not upgrade your ticket and get an annual pass for next year. it’s such a great deal and there are no black out dates!!!!!

{This is not a sponsored post. We received complimentary tickets to Knott’s Spooky Farm to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

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The Boysenberry Festival is Coming to Knott’s!!!!

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Parkit’s almost Boysenberry Festival time at Knott’s Berry Farm, and i can’t wait! it’s one of our family’s favorite events of the year at Knott’s. and this year, it will be a three week long celebration instead of two…yay!!!!! it’s all happening April 1st through the 23rd, so you better make plans to go.

last week i attended a media preview event at Knott’s, and had a chance to try some of the new food items that will be offered at the Boysenberry Festival. there will also be some of the oldies but goodies at the festival this year. i’ve been waiting for them to come back!

especially the FUN BUN. a deep fried cinnamon roll topped with obey gooey boysenberry cream cheese icing.

The Fun Bun at Knott's Berry Farm

did you know that Walter Knott created the boysenberry? that’s why it’s so iconic to the Farm. the year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park, California to farm 20 acres of rented land. here they harvested, and sold the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry. today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. and BOYSENBERRIES ARE YUMMY!!!!!

this year there will be over 80 unique boysenberry inspired food and beverage options available for guests to try throughout Ghost Town! like meatballs with boysenberry barbecue sauce….

Boysenberry Meatballs at Knott's

boysenberry crepes…
boysenberry pizza…

boysenberry treats including….boysenberry cotton candy, boysenberry trifle, boysenberry panna cotta, boysenberry flautas and even boysenberry candy.

Boysenberry Cotton Candy at Knott's

and don’t forget about the FUN STICK!!!! a pice of cheesecake dipped in funnel cake batter, fried and drizzled with boysenberry cream. this was one of my favorites.

The Fun Stick at Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

here are some of the items in the 2017 line-up!

Savory Foods
• Marinated Boysenberry Meatball on a Stick with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
• Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli
• Boysenberry Short Ribs over Rice
• Boysenberry Ravioli *New For 2017*
• Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combos
• Corn on the Cobb with Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayonnaise
• Boysenberry Pizza made with arugula and goat cheese
• Boysenberry BBQ Wings
• Boysenberry Salad

Desserts
• Boysenberry Churro Sundaes with Boysenberry Ice Cream
• Boysenberry Stuffed Churros
• Boysenberry Fry Bread *New For 2017*
• Build-Your-Own Mini Boysenberry Pies
• Boysenberry Pie, Tarts & Turnovers
• Boysenberry Cheesecake
• Boysenberry Panna Cotta with Almond Crumble
• Boysenberry Triffle
• Boysenberry Ice Cream & Ice Cream Cones
• Fun Bun: Fried Cinamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping
• Fun Stick: Fried Cheesecake on a Stick with Boysenberry Sauce
• Boysenberry Flautas
• Boysenberry Cookiewich Sandwich
• Boysenberry Cotton Candy
• Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a stick *New For 2017*
• Boysenberry Nutella Crepes *New For 2017*

Drinks
• The “Walter Knott” (Ice Tea & Boysenberry Punch)
• Boysenberry ICEEs & ICEE Floats
• Boysenberry Latte
• Boysenberry Beer & Wine
• Boysenberry Cream Soda *New for 2017*
• Boysenberry Milkshake

The Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card

the main thing you are going to want to get is the Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card. for only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats: Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza, Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse, Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel, Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico, Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory, and Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery. this is probably the best way to experience the Boysenberry Festival.

and for those who love wine and beer, you can visit the Wilderness Lodge and enjoys some Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Wine & Craft Beer Tasting. guests can try 4 craft brews and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine.

Wine Tasting at Knott's Berry

you’re also going to want to come to Knott’s during the Boysenberry Festival, not only for the  boysenberry food, but also for lots of spring fun happenings on the Farm. from flowers, to spring decorations, fun photos props, shows happening in Calico Square, the Easter Beagle Meet & Greet in Camp Snoopy, 80’s Dance Party on the Boardwalk, DJ Cruz in Fiesta Village and the live stage show, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree.

Spring Fountain at Knott's Berry Farm

and before you leave the park, stop and check out the blooming wisteria, the oldest living thing at Knott’s Berry Farm. they are super beautiful and located right next to the Geode Shop near the entrance to Ghost Town.

admission to the Boysenberry Festival is included with park admission, however, there is an additional charge for all food and beverage. the Boysenberry Festival only goes for three weeks, so hurry and visit before it ends this year on April 23rd, 2017.

in the meantime, i’ll be whipping up some boysenberry foods with some special boysenberry ingredients i got from Knott’s. you can get some too when you visit.

happy boysenberry eating!!!!

Our Visit to Knott’s Ghost Town Alive

Knott's Ghost Town Celebration 75th Anniversaryit’s been a fun summer so far, but i have to say that our summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our favorite places, Knott’s Berry Farm. right now, Knott’s Ghost Town Alive is going on, a new interactive entertainment experience. hopefully you read our first experience visiting Knott’s 75th Anniversary of Ghost Town, but if you haven’t, let me tell you that is is pretty awesome! throughout all the years that i’ve been taking my boys to Knott’s, this is the most fun that we have ever had in Ghost Town. this one-of-a-kind experience brings the Old West to life as guests of all ages—including the littlest of kids—become part of the action. the residents of Ghost Town involve everyone in the magic of Calico.

Knott's Cowboys

the boys ran all over the town, delivering notes, helping the citizens of Calico find the bad guys, handing out newspapers, participating in an elections, enjoying a hoedown celebration and more. we spent a good three hours+ playing make believe in all the Ghost Town Alive adventures.

Ghost Town Alive in the Old School HouseGhost Town Alive CelebrationMen in Ghost TownKnott's Stream Train Driver

they even got to do things live wash laundry at Wing Lees Laundry Mat….

Washing Clothes in Knott's Ghost Town

visit Sad Eye Joe in Jail…

Knott's Sad Eye Joe

and who else’s kids insist on pumping the old water pump!

Knott's Water Pump

you just have to get down to Knott’s Ghost Town Alive this summer, as the celebration will end on September 5th. but good news, there is a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to Knott’s!!!! so read to the end of this post and then enter to win the GIVEAWAY. Good luck!!!!!

top twelve activities at Ghost Town Alive

below, i have assembled a list of the top twelve activities families should experience while visiting the beloved town of Calico. these are some of our favorite….but of course, we love everything!

Livery Stable – Meet Calico’s friendly equestrian team along with Betty and Brutus, the resident donkeys that enjoy taking an occasional stroll through town. Learn more about each horse while petting them and chatting with their handlers.

Knott's StablesPlaying in the Knott's StablesKnott's Berry Farm DonkeyRead More…

Knott’s Berry Farm’s 75th Anniversary of Ghost Town

Ghost Town Alive at Knotts

there’s a whole lot of new things happening at Knott’s Berry Farm right now! i am so excited to share that Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town is celebrating its 75th anniversary!!!!! in 1941, Walter Knott set out to build a small diversion for hungry guests waiting for a table at his wife, Cordelia’s, Chicken Dinner Restaurant, so Ghost Town was created. the overwhelming popularity of the restaurant and adjacent Ghost Town led to the creation of the Knott’s Berry Farm that exists today, 75 years later.

Ghost Town has been spruced up to celebrate this special anniversary, and is celebrating in a big way this summer with the new interactive entertainment experience, Ghost Town Alive! now through September 5, guests at the Farm get to play a role in new stories and adventures unfolding daily in the old west town of Calico. plus, for the first time ever, the doors to the legendary shops and buildings around Ghost Town are opening to allow guests to explore locations like the Sheriff’s Office and Barbershop.

this summer during the celebration, an incredible line-up of all new summer entertainment is happening, including the explosive new Wild West Stunt Show, the high kickin’ new Calico Saloon Show, and the wild and wonderful Circus of Wonders on the Calico Mine Stage. there will be Hoe Downs in Calico Square, lessons taught in the old school house, and lots of interactive activities.

Ghost Town at Knott's

my son Kyle and i had a special date to visit the Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town 75th anniversary celebration, and when we entered the town, we were greeted by all the folks of Ghost Town.Ghost Town FunKnott's Characters

parked near the Sheriff’s Office, this cell serves as a photo opportunity for Guests until put into use by the Lawman or Deputies. we also visited with the oldest resident of Ghost Town and mentioned a few key words to unlock a few of the town’s secrets.

 

Ghost Town SherrifCharacters at Knotts Ghost Town AliveMiners Outfitting DeptKnitter at Knotts Ghost Town Alive
the folks of Ghost Town kept giving us notes and tasks to do, such as visiting the sheriff or guarding the jail.
Fun in Knott's Ghost Town

the post office is a center of activity on Main Street. this is where the working telegraph is located. guests may send and receive telegrams for Characters or for themselves, and may help the Post Master by decoding telegrams. pick up mail for Characters or write a letter that may be placed in a Character’s mailbox….and be sure to help the Pony Express Rider deliver packages and stay on time.

Ghost Town 75th Anniversary Fun

other fun activities include heading to the Newspaper Shop where you can press to create and etch your own copy of the town newspaper. guests may also be sent by the Editor to gather quotes from town characters for the next addition of the “Ghost Town Gazette” that is printed and distributed several times throughout the day. or interact with stable hands and live farm animals at The Barn, listen to a musical act that performs on a small outdoor stage as a part of the Town’s Celebration Festivities, volunteer at the Fire Department, or head to the Dress Shop where you can use tin templates to create and color dress designs, use fabric swatches to add to pre-printed dress designs mounted on the wall, or help operate an actual loom. plus help the stores spinner, and help the owner design a dress for her famous sister to wear at the town’s celebration party. how fun does this sound!

Ghost Town General StoreOld Fashion Candy Store at Knott'sKnott's Ghost Town Decor

on June 11th, the new GhostRider opened with new coaster trains galloping over 4,500 feet of new track. since 1998, GhostRider has been giving white-knuckle rides to even the toughest cowpokes. it looms over Ghost Town as the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast. all 4,533 feet of track have been replaced and many of the curves and banks re-profiled to deliver a pulse pounding ride across the western sky. when riders accelerate down the first 108 foot drop in one of three all new “ore car” coaster trains and hit speeds of over 55 miles per hour, they’ll understand why the west just got a whole lot wilder!Ghost Rider at Knott'ssince i can’t ride roller coaster…boo hoo, i sent Kyle on Ghost Rider. he normal doesn’t love roller coasters, but he said he loved the ride. it’s now smoother, super fast and extra fun…according to his description!
Newly REfurbished Ghost Rider

we also became genuine citizens of Calico Ghost Town. the Calico Town Hall is the gathering spot for elections and other politically based functions at Knott’s. guests can participate in Town politics by voting, campaigning, drawing a campaign poster, and even registering as a Citizen of Calico.

Calico Ghost Town Town HallHaving Fun at Ghost Town Alive at Knott'sBecoming a Citizen at Knott's Berry Farm then we headed of to the bank. we met the banker there and he asked if we could help him solve a problem he had. he lost the code to his safe and couldn’t get any money out. he gave up a card with clues, and then we ran around Ghost Town trying to solve the code. i have to say…it way a lot of fun, and Kyle really got into the game.

Knott's Miners BankMeeting the Banker At Knott'sKnott's Bankerthe clues took us all around Ghost Town – including the old cemetery, Boothill Hideout, the museum and Calico Saloon. it was quite exciting.Knott's Scavenger HuntKnott's CampCalico SaloonSaloon Girls at Knott'sGhost Town SaloonGhost Town Vaultyou will also notice something new near the entrance to Ghost Rider. the area where you pan for gold has now moved to the front of Ghost Town. this has always been a favorite of my boys and we love panning for gold at least once every year. you actually get to take home the gold you pan for…and it is real! you can bring your bottle of gold each time that you pan and add to it, or get a new bottle each time. i know this will always be something my boys remember from their visits to Knott’s.New Panning For Gold Area at Knott'sGold at Knott'sHow to Pan for Gold at Knott'sPanning for Gold in Orange CountyKnott's Panning for Goldthe Shooting Gallery is also a new attraction in Ghost Town. guests may participate in duels to settle feuds and disagreements between citizens of Calico. you can choose from a bunch of different guns and shoot bottles and fun decoys around the saloon. it is the perfect addition to the town.

Knott's Shooting Gallery

our time at Ghost Town was coming to an end, but before we left, we stopped at the Calico Candy Shop. it smelled so heavenly and we almost couldn’t resist the homemade fudge and salt water taffy.

Knott's Candy StoreKnott's Fudgethere was just one last thing we had to do before we headed out for the day. just outside the park, the historic Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant has reopened following an extensive restoration. i am so impressed with how it came out. it really is beautiful and i am sure that you will love it just as much as i do.

Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant ReviewNewly Remodled Chicken Dinner RestaurantNew Knott's Chicken Dinner RestaurantKnott's Chicken Dinner Dining Roomthe new Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant now has a bar area where you not only order a drink, but food too.Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant BarKnott's Succulentsyou can also request to eat outside. for the first time ever, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant offers outdoor dining.Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant Outdoor Seatingand despite updates to the building’s look and dining room decor, the time-honored classic dishes and home style cooking remains unchanged. it’s still as delicious as ever!

Knott's Chicken Dinner MealKnott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant DessertsKnott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant Remodeli am so happy to be able share these newest updates and all about the Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town 75th Anniversary with you. as you know, i’m a huge Knott’s fan and its always exciting when awesome improvements are made. the newly remodeled Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, the shooting gallery, Panning for Gold area, Ghost Rider and all the improvements will all remain at Knott’s for guests to enjoy, but the Ghost Town Alive celebration will only continue thru the end of summer. so make sure to get out to Knott’s Berry Farm soon before it is gone.
Ghost Town