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^I see where you are coming from. I just look at it as supporting the parks during a very difficult time. I am very glad Knott's is running this event and will gladly pay that price (plus purchasing stuff during the event) to support them as much as I can.

I definitely plan on visiting in November and/or December.

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Here's some random night shots from Taste of Merry Farm.   Camp Snoopy looked the best at night, imo.  I guess I like the lights up the trees thing the best.      The Bear-Y Tales

The rumor was they also wanted the county to be in the "yellow category"  OC is still far away. Source for below: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Rumor is there are some high up California government peeps out in Florida, checking out the parks, and putting something together for your terrible governor who hates parks!

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I just wish there were something more than food and retail.  If there were shows or some other form of entertainment I might be enticed to make a trip from Vegas but as it stands that's not worth the 4-hour drive.

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The Halloween version did have some minor "Ghost Town Alive" interactions.  Plenty of characters in Ghost Town.  Peanuts characters on the trail.  Sad Eye Joe is available.  There's a DJ near Hangtime, and the stage nearby alternates between screenings of Krazy Kirk and a live magician.  as well as a few more live performers in the Boardwalk.  That's not enough?  Essentially can't do any more than that in these times.

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Yeah, this event (and the other ones this year) are almost certainly for the locals. My family lives less than an hour from the park and usually go dozens of times per year, so it was a no brainer for us to visit Taste of Knott's because we miss the park and wanted to support them.

With that being said, I completely understand why somebody would not want to travel a significant distance for this. I most definitely wouldn't.

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On 10/27/2020 at 1:33 PM, KBrylczyk said:

I just wish there were something more than food and retail.  If there were shows or some other form of entertainment I might be enticed to make a trip from Vegas but as it stands that's not worth the 4-hour drive.

they've had some video of an old guys band on the big screen at the stage.  does that count? LOL

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With GCI's introduction of their Titan Track (steel track introduced at IAAPA last year), I wonder if Knott's is interested.

I know Knott's wants to keep GhostRider a true wooden coaster. However I can't help but wonder if putting that steel track at high stress areas (like the bottom of the first drop, or various places in the second half) is attractive for the park. I know they dump so much money into maintaining that ride each year. And don't get me wrong, the ride is currently running great (well, when it was open... sigh). But when it comes to something long-term for the coaster, I could see Knott's jumping on it.

Thoughts?

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I believe the highest stress areas on Ghostrider were retracked with Ipe wood instead of the Yellow Pine traditionally used. It's significantly stronger and denser which may be why the ride has held up so well now five years after the retrack. If the Ipe is doing its job for now I doubt they'd see reason to replace it with Titan Track any time soon. 

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2 hours ago, thrillseeker4552 said:

With GCI's introduction of their Titan Track (steel track introduced at IAAPA last year), I wonder if Knott's is interested.

I know Knott's wants to keep GhostRider a true wooden coaster. However I can't help but wonder if putting that steel track at high stress areas (like the bottom of the first drop, or various places in the second half) is attractive for the park. I know they dump so much money into maintaining that ride each year. And don't get me wrong, the ride is currently running great (well, when it was open... sigh). But when it comes to something long-term for the coaster, I could see Knott's jumping on it.

Thoughts?

Maybe in the long-term, but I hope they start with the GCIs at Kings Island, Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair and leave Knott's alone until they know how well it works.   I see myself being really selfish here but Ghostrider is one of the best things in the park and doesn't need to be messed with unless necessary.

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23 minutes ago, SoCalJasonland said:

Maybe in the long-term, but I hope they start with the GCIs at Kings Island, Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair and leave Knott's alone until they know how well it works.   I see myself being really selfish here but Ghostrider is one of the best things in the park and doesn't need to be messed with unless necessary.

Kings Island? You mean the one that has been open for 3 years?

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Oh, I could definitely see Cedar Fair installing this track on other GCIs in the chain as well. I just brought up GhostRider because it operates 365-year-round and probably cycles way more than any of the others, and a solution like this may be more long-term and viable for a park that doesn't have a proper off-season. Just something interesting to think about given how much the park treasures the ride (and rightftully so).

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4 hours ago, jonskinny12 said:

Kings Island? You mean the one that has been open for 3 years?

Sorry, should probably have read RCDB better if I wanted to make a list of GCIs that I have never ridden but I am willing to possibly sacrifice before Ghostrider.

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15 hours ago, SoCalJasonland said:

Sorry, should probably have read RCDB better if I wanted to make a list of GCIs that I have never ridden but I am willing to possibly sacrifice before Ghostrider.

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Gold Striker would be a good candidate. It has a fun layout, but jackhammered when I rode it last summer.

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4 hours ago, KIEnthusiast said:

People already want Mystic Timbers retracked? What is wrong with the world?????????

Yeah, Mystic Timbers is running just as good as the day it opened.  Maybe he was referring to the Racer or the Beast?  However, I don't consider either of those rides overly rough or unrideable.  In fact, I'm pretty sure they have both had some re-tracking done in the past few years.   

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On Sunday, November 22, Theme Park Review was invited to experience the Knott's Taste of Merry Farm event, the next in a wonderfully endless string of events at Knott’s Berry Farm!

The tasting card has raised $5 in price compared from the last event to now be $40 for adults with 5 food tastings. Junior tasting cards remain at $20 for 3 food tastings. The value of this additional bump can be seen in the plentiful park decorations, and wonderfully creative entertainment spread throughout the entire park!

 

A few tips if you are going to attend the event:

-We recommend arriving at noon for the start of the event, as the crowd level picks up throughout the day.

-Many food items can be found at multiple food locations, so check to see if one of your desired items can be found at a location off the beaten path.

-The food lanyard is handed to you with the hole punch at the top of the card, causing you to have to awkwardly turn the car to read it. However, there is now a secondary hole punch on the bottom of the lanyard so you can flip the card around and easily read it from your perspective. 

We love these continual Knott's food festivals, giving us a reason to come back again, and again. Thank you so much to Miranda and the Knott’s team for your hospitality!

Plan your visit quickly if you are interested, as only a few days are still available! Visit this link for more details:

https://www.knotts.com/play/events/taste-of-merry-farm

 

We are so excited to be back on the farm!

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We started with Cupid's Corn Chowder Soup. Rich and hearty, with great flavor.

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Prancer's Pesto Chicken Pizza: The pesto flavor was loud and proud, making for a great slice of pizza.

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Tater Tots topped with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Once I mixed all the toppings in with the tots, I found myself smiling when I would compose a "perfect bite"!

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Gyro with butternut squash slaw, tzatziki, and pickled red onions in naan bread. Loved this Indian/Middle Eastern dish. The slaw and tzatziki helped classify this as a "lighter" dish compared to many of the others, which helps you pace yourself instead of quickly giving you a feeling of "I'm entirely too full and I'm only on my second food item!"

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Cold Salmon Winter Salad. Another "lighter" dish, packed with a ton of flavor. Featuring a decent portion of salmon, I consider it to be the most premium ingredient at this festival.

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Back to Thanksgiving! Vixen's Turkey Burger with cheese, cranberry mayo, and stuffing on a pretzel bun with fries. This is it! This is the winner! Ding, ding, ding! Better than the tater tots from earlier, all these Thanksgiving ingredients just work so well on a pretzel bun. 

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Rudolph's Winter Pear Lemonade. Totally refreshing, and the right option as the thought of having another food item after everything else at this point was too much!

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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bar. Everything about this is perfection!

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Ending with Comet's cinnamon bun with a maple glaze and candied pecans. This was the closest thing to the famous Knott's Fun Bun, for this festival, and was a pure sweet delight! A perfected ending to the foodie feast bestowed on me by the Chefs of Knott's Berry Farm.

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Here is a look at the non-food highlights of the event. 

First, we loved dining on the bumper car platform!

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Up the ramp to the Charles M. Schultz theater, you can meet a few Peanuts members.

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This was a live 50s/60s radio broadcast that was amplified across the entire Boardwalk area of the park. So much punny holiday humor!

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Our absolute favorite entertainer was hanging out underneath the Hangtime coaster. Douglas Fir was trying to sell a tree with "a lot of character" to the passers-by. He had us laughing for quite some time as we sat nearby enjoying our food. 

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We ended the day with a stroll through Camp Snoopy to enjoy the wide array of holiday decorations. This continues to be such a nice touch, as everyone seems to enjoy the playful scenic elements in this area.

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This looks even better at night!

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Snoopy hopes to see you all soon this season!

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Here's some random night shots from Taste of Merry Farm.   Camp Snoopy looked the best at night, imo.  I guess I like the lights up the trees thing the best. 

 

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The Bear-Y Tales sign looks great lit up. 

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Baby Yoda being carved out.

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Required Catawampus picture. 

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The big tree.


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Happy 60th Birthday to the Calico Mine Train!

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The stage looked great!  They had live entertainment this time around. 

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This was soft serve on top of a chocolate chip cookie.  The warm cookie made quick work of the soft serve. 

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Is this the equivalent of kids jumping into the fountain?

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This is the shirt and pin combo that you can buy for $16.99.

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