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Where are the berries?

By Tara Zandra | December 11, 2007

Sunday we decided to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. They were running a promotion for free entry when you bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Since we always donate toys anyway, we decided to take advantage of the deal. I suppose it takes away from the good deed just a little bit when you get something in return, but like I said, we always donate toys so I don’t feel too bad about it.

Overall, I’d say we had both a really good time and a disappointing time. As native Southern Californians, both Chris and I have been to Knott’s Berry Farm many times over the years. However, we haven’t actually been there in the last 10 years and a lot of what we remember, and really the stuff that made Knott’s “Knott’s” is all gone. No Haunted Shack, no California Mission Dioramas, no Wedding Chapel, no bench with the painted saloon girl statues that was always a tradition to take your picture with them. I was so looking forward to having a pic of my girls first visit on that bench. But it is all no more. Lots of drastic changes ever since Cedar Fair Entertainment bought the park.

But, we did have a good time, like I said. We did a little bit of Camp Snoopy and rode the train and the stage coach. We also saw Snoopy on Ice Christmas Show. They certainly made use of their small bit of frozen ice. Obviously no triple axels, but still good stuff. We really expected it to be rather cheesy but they played Brian Setzer Christmas music that we own! There was still a little bit of pop-hokey music but overall a rather entertaining show.

Eventually it got too cold to be there comfortably so we headed out- after a stop at Snoopy Headquarters for souvenirs, of course. Tabitha chose a Ty Snoopy and Daisy picked a magic washcloth. We went to El Torito for dinner because none of us had eaten more than toast and fries all day.

All in all it was a good enough time that we think annual passes would be a good idea for our family.

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2 Responses to “Where are the berries?”

  1. Mel Says:
    December 11th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    We went to Knott’s on our last trip out there and I was rather taken aback with how run down the place seemed compared to the last time I was there probably 12 years ago or more, think it was 1993 actually, for the Scary Farm. But Brenna loved it so I felt no need to go on and on about it and trash her memories. She loved that big coaster, I forgot the name of it. Ghost Rider? Something like that.

  2. Vanessa Says:
    December 12th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    We went to Knott’s when Gillian was little, like 2 1/2, and it was fine, and then went back a couple of years after that and it had changed for the worse. Pete totally refused to go again after that. I remember him calling a friend when we got home and saying “Dude, Knott’s has gone to the dogs — it’s full of thugs and it smells like a giant bathroom.” LOL I don’t think it’s that bad, and I’ve taken Gillian once since then (at Halloween) and had a good time, but it’s definitely not the way I remember it from high school.