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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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

The Best Boysenberry Festival in the West

The Best Boysenberry Festival Ever it’s Boysenberry Festival time at Knott’s Berry Farm. and if you’ve been watching my social media accounts this past week, then you’ve probably seen a bunch of yummy boysenberry photos pop-up. the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is one of my favorite events held at Knott’s – it only happens once a year for two weeks, so you have to make sure not to miss it or you’ll have to wait another year before it returns. did you know that Walter Knott created the boysenberry? that’s why it’s so iconic to the Farm. during this time of year, the Farm is done-up for spring and beautiful flowers, larger than life boysenberries and Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are all dressed up for the occasion.

Boysenberry Festival in Southern California

when you go to the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, plan on coming with an empty tummy, because with over 70 boysenberry items available, you are going to want to try them all. from boysenberry pie to boysenberry short ribs…there is something fun to satisfy everyone’s boysenberry fancy. the best deal of the festival is the Boysenberry “Tasting Card” which can be purchased for $25. This gets you 6 boysenberry food tastings which you can pick up at your leisure around Ghost Town. each item can be redeemed anytime during the festival. get one per person or share it so that you can also try other fun boysenberry items throughout the day. there is so much to choose from that you will probably need to come multiples days!Boysenberry Festival Tasting CardBoysenberry Tasting standsShort Ribs at Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival
all of my boys…including the hubby, look forward to going to the boysenberry festival every year. they all have there favorite boysenberry items that they want to get. my youngest has been begging for the grilled can with boysenberry butter and a boysenberry Icee for weeks. so of course we had to get it for him. i might have even shared it with him.Boysenberry Festival in SoCalBarbecued Corn with Boysenberry Butter at Knott'sYUM!!!

Boysenberry Icee at Knott's

my oldest son loves the meat items. the short ribs and the meatballs with boysenberry sauce were his favorites. but he passed on the alligator with boysenberry aoli, even though everyone told us it was really yummy and tasted like chicken.

Boysenberry Meatballs at Knott's Berry FarmBoysenberry Meatballs at Knott's
my middle son loved making his very own boysenberry pie in the Beary Tales Pie Kitchen. for just $5.99, you can make your own mini pie and decorate it with homemade whipped cream.

Make Your Own Boysenberry Pie at Knott'sBerry Tales Kitchen at Knott's
and while you are visiting the Beary Tales Pie Kitchen, kids can play boysenberry games and check out the Beary Tales bears activities. this brings back so many memories from my childhood. i wish they would bring back the Beary Tales ride.Play in the Beary Tales KitchenBerry Tales Pie Kitchen at Knott's Fun

me, having such a big sweet tooth, i enjoy all the desserts and sweet treats at the Boysenberry Festival. Knott’s signature item is the FUN BUN!!!!!! a giant cinnamon roll dipped in funnel cake batter, fried and then topped with boysenberry cream cheese frosting. it really is amazing…and ooey gooey boysenberry delicious.

The Fun Bun at Knott's Berry Farm

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

Boysenberry Cotton Candy at Knott'sBoysenberry Trifle at Knott's Berry FarmPanna Cotta at Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry FestivalBoysenberry Flautas at Knott'sGhost Town Candy Store at Knott'sand 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

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. for $25, you can get a tasting card that includes 6 tastings and a plate of fruit and cheese to pair with those tastings.

Wine Tasting at Knott's Berrybesides the boysenberry food, there is are also lots of spring fun happening on the Farm. from flowers, to spring decorations, fun photos props, shows happening in Calico Square, Lucy’s Really Big Spring Show in Camp Snoopy, Salsa Dancing in Fiesta Village and Peanuts Party in the Park in the iconic Charleston Circle around the fountain.

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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.

Wisteria at Knott's

finally, if you can’t bare to leave the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival without you own boysenberries…don’t worry, you can take home your very own plant. within a couple of years, you will have a crop of your own boysenberries to enjoy during boysenberry season.

Buy Your Own Boysenberry Plant at Knott's

the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival was better than ever this year, and we are so happy that we were able to attend and enjoy some of the great boysenberries foods. the Boysenberry Festival only goes for tow weeks, so hurry and visit before it ends this year on April 3rd, 2016.  happy boysenberry eating!!!!

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park

 

 

 

Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure 2016

knott-for-the-curei am tickled pink to be able to share the lastest partnership happening at Knott’s Berry Farm! right now Knott’s and Susan G. Komen Orange County are bringing you Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure. a special event that help bring fund and awareness to find a cure for breast cancer. this cause is very near and dear to my heart. i have had many friends diagnosed with it, some have lost their battles, and some are survivors…including my sweet grandma and a dear blogger friend, Jaime Jenkins.

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from now through March 18th, Knott’s Berry Farm is offering a special “Pink Ticket” and limited edition “pink” merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Orange County. you can be sure that the funds raised are going to a great cause…75% of the funds will be used to provide services in our very own community of Orange County. it will fund education on early breast cancer detection, information and support for breast cancer survivors and families, funding for free mammograms for the underprivileged or uninsured, and the other 25% will be sent for national research to discover the cure for breast cancer.

the “Pink Tickets” are available online, and the special limited edition t-shirts are available in the park. this year’s Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure t-shirts are adorable –  starting at $10.00 (plus tax) for adult sizes. and there is also other pink Knott’s for the Cure merchandise.  purchase any of these items to show your support for this worthy cause…plus, they are REALLY CUTE!

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and guess what? even the rides are PINK to celebrate!!!!!

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i hope that you can join Knott’s and Susan G. Komen in their efforts to raise money for a cure. run on over to Knott’s for a day full of pink fun! thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for helping this important cause. and don’t forget to share your “for the cure promises” during this special charitable promotion by using #KnottsPink on social media platforms

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{Disclusure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.}

 

Ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm!

Knott's Celebration Lightsmy little sister’s birthday is on New Year’s Eve, so every year our New Year’s Eve celebration is not only a celebration of the New Year, but also her birthday. last year she really wanted to celebrate at Knott’s Berry Farm, so that is what we did. we took the kiddies to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm in the early part of the day, and then took them to grandma and grandpa’s house so that us adults could go back to Knott’s and enjoy the late night Knott’s festivities. although it was super cold, we ended up having the best time we could have on New Year’s. there was music, performances, great food, and best of all, a countdown celebration that included fireworks, music and hundreds of people. the energy was amazing.

check out this video of the countdown last year. it’s a little rough…because i was too busy screaming and enjoying the fun, but i hope it gives you a glimpse of how much fun it is to celebrate the New Year at Knott’s.

this year will be just as amazing. so i hope you consider spending New Year’s Eve at Knott’s. it is definitely the place to ring in 2016 – with a night full of special family-friendly experiences that include live musical acts, exclusive stage shows, Merry Farm activities, and the evening ending with a fantastic fireworks show.

Knott's New Years Eve Celebration

as the final moments of 2015 countdown, the Knott’s Sky Cabin will rise to the top of the “K” tower with special lighting effects. at the stroke of midnight the “K” tower, the skies above Knott’s light up with a spectacular fireworks show! and the great thing is – all this is included in regular admission.

Knott's Countdown Lights2015 at Knott's

also at the Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration, there will be live entertainment everywhere you turn. adding to the line-up of can’t miss entertainment are:

Jumpin’ Joz Band and Memories Swing Dancers will invite guests to jump and jive to the sounds of Jumpin’ Joz. you can join them on the dance floor and boogie into the New Year or  learn a few moves from expert swing dancers. THE REFLEXX is the best 80’s new wave cover band around who cover songs from bands such as: Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears, New Order, A-Ha, The Cure, Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, Devo, and more. this will surely be my hubby fave. Family friendly comedian, Taylor Hughes, brings his hilarious comedy, magic and fun audience interaction to Boardwalk Ballroom. and DJ Howly’s eclectic mix of high energy music will transform Calico Square in the place to celebrate the new year. this is also the perfect place on the Farm to watch the Midnight Fireworks Spectacular.

Knott's New Year's Eve Celebration

you can enjoy all this entertainment throughout the night. and if you work up an appetite, head over to the special New Year’s Eve buffet in Spurs Restaurant. it will be served from 4pm-9pm. prices are $34.99+tax for adults and $18.99+ tax for kids (3-11).

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Merry Farm with still be happening on the Farm. so you can still enjoy all the amazing activities that Merry Farm has to offer. you can read about my family’s visit here. if you didn’t get to Merry Farm this year, there is still time!

Snow in Ghost Town

my family and i will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at Knott’s again this year. and hopefully we will see you there too. if you happen to spot me, don’t be shy. i have a special Snoopy surprise for anyone of my readers who finds me. so be on the lookout.

plus!!!!!

here’s your chance to win tickets to Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration. head over to my Facebook page and enter to win (2) tickets to Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! tickets are only good on 12/31/15 for the New Year’s Eve event, and tickets not claimed will be forfeited. good luck!!!