Knott's Merry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm is a former Berry Farm. Walter Knott helped perfect the boysenberry. Knott's Berry Farm has an interesting and rich history.
Knott sold berry preserves and pies roadside and later started a little restaurant. The fried chicken became such a prominent draw people waited hours to get the chicken. Water built the ghost town in 1940 to give keep visitors busy while waiting for their chicken.
Knotts Berry Farm is older than Disneyland. If you research Walter Knott and Walt Disney the men were friendly. Walt Disney used to come to Knotts to ride the train. Walt Disney loved trains as did Walter Knott.
Knotts Berry Farm thrives because Disneyland is expensive. Knott's becomes swamped when Disneyland has blackout dates. Before we go onto why I love Knott's Merry Farm, I must warn you of something.
To be honest, Knott's has subpar restrooms. Cedar Fair has not invested money into rejuvenating this crucial aspect of the park. The bathrooms are disgusting. Knott's bathrooms often run out of toilet paper, soap, towels, and seat covers.
Knott's lacks clean and welcoming facilities for babies who need feeding and changing. The baby care center is two stainless steel changing tables. A curtain with a chair behind the curtain is the nursing or pumping area. Anyone can walk in, and reminds me of using the facilities at a rest stop, and the same can be said for the bathrooms. I dry heave when I use the women's room near Bigfoot Rapids.
It disappointed me when they renovated the Ghost Town. Knott's put a lot of money into making that more appealing to visitors. I also expected them to upgrade the bathrooms.
That is my primary criticism. Some parts of Knott are gorgeous. If Knott's updated the landscaping in other areas of the park, that would enhance its appearance. If the landscaping matched Camp Snoopy's Knott's could give Disney a run for their money.
I contemplated leaving the issue with the bathrooms out of this post. I however felt I had to be honest. The bathrooms are bad. I would give Knott's a glowing recommendation if they would remodel the bathrooms.
On to what is excellent about Knott's Merry Farm.
The Peanuts Guide to Christmas show in Camp Snoopy is adorable. Overall the Peanuts Guide to Christmas is cute family friendly show. The characters are singing and dancing. It’s easy to get a seat and Knott's offers plenty of performances during the day.
They also offer a show at the Calico Saloon. Which is fun and differs from typical Christmas entertainment. It's a little kitschy but fun.
A Christmas Carol and Gift of the Magi are live at the BirdCage theatre. I have yet to watch either show. I have heard they are outstanding shows and the Bird Cage theater is impressive.
The Christmas Crafts Village is one of my favorites. I love the Glass Blowers, and people who carve wood with chainsaws. They sell great handmade items you can spend an hour or two perusing the booths.
I love when they convert the Wilderness Dancehall to Santa's Christmas Cabin. Typical treats are for sale like cookies. Chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick and pastries are what I recommend you try. Craft beers and spiced holiday wine is available for the adults. You also can buy gift packages of preserves and syrups. You can also warm up with hot chocolate with marshmallows. The kids can meet Santa and have pictures taken.
It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown is fun and a great family show. This show is standing room and if you want a spot close to the stage arrive early.
I’ve never seen the Snoopy on Ice, and the reason is stupid. The line is long you must arrive early. I wish they would offer a fast lane for some shows because I don’t want to stand in line for two hours.
The Calico Tree lighting Ceremony is wonderful. Performance by Calico Bell Choir and the Citizens of Calico are wonderful. I love watching the tree lighting. The tree lighting is one of the best things Knott's offers.
What I love the most though is when it snows in Ghost Town’s Main Street and School House Road! They play music, and it snows while the lights twinkle. Disneyland does this at the castle but people are shoulder to shoulder. It's hard to enjoy yourself when you can't see anything.
The Ghost Town experience is terrific and the Calico Carolers are the highlight. You cannot miss them.
I love Knott's Merry Farm which is a great alternative to Disneyland. The atmosphere will put you in the Christmas Spirit. With low admission prices and such affordable dining packages, Knott's is budget friendly. I recommend visiting this holiday season.