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If you're planning a vacation to California, you've probably already planned a visit to Disneyland. Don't forget to add Knott's Berry Farm to your list of sights and things to do. Knott's is an affordable theme park adventure and your little ones will love Camp Snoopy.
Here is a little bit of information about Knott's Berry Farm to help you plan your visit:
TICKETS: Knott's Berry Farm single day adult admission price is $67 for an all-day unlimited ride ticket. Those 3-11 year old and Seniors 62+ are only $37 all day every day. It's only $37 after 4 p.m. any day that Knott's Berry Farm closes after 6:00 p.m. (except during Halloween Haunt)
Admission Discounts: Throughout the year different admission ticket discounts are offered by fast food restaurants and grocery stores in Southern California. You can check out the current discount offers at www.knotts.com/hot/index.asp
Hungry? Purchase the All-Day-Dining-Meal which is $34.55. You eat every 90 minutes at particpating location and selective menus.
Arriving after 4pm? Everybody is $37 after 4. However it starts at 3:45 pm the twilight promotion. No additional discount can be added for this special price since it's low as its gonna go.
Seasonal Passes - Seasonal Passes are priced at $99, passes are good every day that the park is open except for special events such as Knott's Halloween Hunt (there are No Black Out Days.) There close only on Christmas Day.You can add a parking pass for an additional $60. You may do monthly payments for your season pass but it has to be done online. These are seasonal pass not annual so they start Janurary till December. No matter when you purchase your season pass they ALL EXPIRE DECEMBER 31.
Fast Lane - If you don't like to wait in lines Knott's has the perfect solution for you but it comes at a hefty price. The Fast Lane is extremely shortened time wait for 13 of the most popular rides. Fast Lane are NOT admission tickets. You still need to buy the admission ticket on top of fast lane if you wish.
PARKING : Parking is $17 per car for the day and buses and RV's are $20 per car. Lots are a short walk to the main entrance. One lot is located across the street with access via a tunnel, the other lot is located to the left of the park near the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel.
KNOTTS VS DISNEY; If you are coming from out of town/state, the question invariably comes up "Disney vs Knotts". As someone who literally grew up going to both, here is an honest answer. If you can only do ONE, do Disney. Although overall prices are double at Disney, the experience is more family friendly. Having said that, if you have done Disney (both California Adventure and Disneyland) absolutely do Knotts. Pro's of Knotts: - for the little ones there is Camp Snoopy. If you are over 8, this probably wont be that appealing, but the little ones will love seeing a real live Snoopy. There is also a fabulous gift shop for all ages. For teens there are great rides and they tend to be faster and steeper than Disney. NOTE many are summer type rides in that you will get really wet. There are also a lot of carnival games that the teen/dating set will like. NOTE at night you get a HEAVY influx of local teens and tweens. If you have very young kids, suggest going early and leaving early.
KNOTTS BERRY FARM RESORT HOTEL : This hotel is a former Radisson, it is located adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm. In the summer months standard room rates are $99 - $189 (may vary) and Snoopy Themed rooms are $189-$249 a night and include a nightly "tuck in" service by Snoopy himself, treats, and 1 take-home Snoopy toy per room. Spring and Fall rate are much less. I've seen the rooms as low as $79 a night for a standard room. Packages are available that include theme park admission, breakfast, parking and more. Knott's Resort Hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to Disneyland!!!
PARK HOURS : Knotts opens at 10 am and closes at varying hours depending on the season. Summer, holidays, and school breaks the park will be open as late as 11pm. Weekdays, and non-holiday weeks the park closes as early as 5:30 PM. The crowds here are nowhere near the crowds you get at Disneyland. On weekdays in the fall and spring it can be virtually deserted. This is the best time to come for riding the rides. There are times when there is no one in line and you can ride as many times as you'd like. The park may only be open until 5:30 PM on these less busy times but you can do so much because there are no lines. The only drawback to the slower season is that they cut back on their entertainment. Shows are scheduled for only certain days a week and many food locations will be closed.
Knotts is divided into 6 different areas:
Things you can do to have an authentic Knott's Berry Farm experience :
You will enjoy Knott's Berry Farm, it's not as expensive or as crowded as other theme parks. Camp Snoopy is great for children, and all of the roller coasters really appeal to teens and adults. There are some great dining choices here too that won't break the bank, and you'll get some quality food.