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P. 630: Knott's Scary Farm 2021 mazes and shows revealed!

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Need some advice!

Coming out to Knotts for Knotts Scary Farm Oct 30-31st.  Flying into LAX and REALLY don't want to rent a car.

All of the Uber/Lyft websites I've checked quote me about $120 from LAX to Knotts.

I know the Super Shuttle is no longer running.

Any other advice on a cheaper way to get from the airport to the hotel? Even renting a car would cost about the same, and I really don't like driving in LA traffic.

Thanks for any advice!

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1 hour ago, pianojohn said:

Need some advice!

Coming out to Knotts for Knotts Scary Farm Oct 30-31st.  Flying into LAX and REALLY don't want to rent a car.

All of the Uber/Lyft websites I've checked quote me about $120 from LAX to Knotts.

I know the Super Shuttle is no longer running.

Any other advice on a cheaper way to get from the airport to the hotel? Even renting a car would cost about the same, and I really don't like driving in LA traffic.

Thanks for any advice!

https://metrolinktrains.com/

Metrolink is quite a bit cheaper but will take longer as you have to transfer from a bus to a train, and possibly a Uber from the Buena Park station.  I screen printed the sample Saturday rate, part of the schedule, and you will still be 3.7 miles from Knott's about a 1 & 1/2 hours later.

 

 

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Directions from Buena Park station to Knotts

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I was able to make it out to Knott's on Thursday the 2nd.  Hangtime and a couple of the flat rides were closed.  The longest wait was for Ghostrider at approx. 20 min.

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 I call this photo two black cherry White Claws, 3/4 pound bag of personally chosen candy, and a log ride.  True fact!, If you have White Claws with their couple of grams of carbs that you have more room on your diet for a big bag of candy!

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This is the new Boardwalk BBQ menu.

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As you can see, I was able to order two more White Claws, flank steak, and hatch mac & cheese.  It also would have come with a corn muffin but I was carbed out.  The observation tower accents the photo.

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Wipeout is a lot smaller when all taken apart.

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When did the water in the lagoon turn so green?  Is this an algae breakout?

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The bottom of the lagoon is looking pretty sad.

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The old "K" at the top of the sky cabin was on display.

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It looks like each side was lit differently.  This side has looped tubing.

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The opposite side of the "K" was lit in white single tubes.

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16 hours ago, SharkTums said:

^Yeah, I wouldn't do public transportation, it just doesn't work well in LA.  Go for that shuttle service for LAX and use Uber around the park.

Anything that requires a road doesn't work well in LA as long as the sun is shining.  We've hung out at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant for an extra three hours just so we didn't have to deal with the traffic between Knott's and Victorville.

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And I would take the traffic in LA (just drove all over for a week there) over the people in my hometown that simply Do. Not. Know. How. To. Drive. Lots of volume in LA but at least drivers know how to merge and are relatively courteous about it compared to St. Louis. In fact we kind of had fun driving all around Hollywood when we made a stop at the La Brea tar pits on our way from SFMM to Belmont Park in SD. Funny how differently we all view the same thing, lol.

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^ There's a difference between being stuck in gridlocked interstate traffic with no escape heading into the Cajon Pass, and driving around the surface streets of Hollywood with a billion different means of escape if Fairfax gets backed up.

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Couple question about Scary Farm:

Does anyone know if the mazes are gonna have plexi barriers like Universal is doing this year?

Also, Ive heard a ton of people are abusing the accessibility pass right now, does anyone know if that impacts the fat lane for rides or mazes? or are they seperate?

Thanks!

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6 hours ago, Lucas The Drummer said:

Also, Ive heard a ton of people are abusing the accessibility pass right now, does anyone know if that impacts the fat lane for rides or mazes? or are they seperate?

Can't speak as to the haunts, but for the rides, it's hit and miss. Some of the rides like Xcelerator and Silver Bullet have their own dedicated fast lane entrances, and accessibility passes enter through the exit. For others, such as Jaguar and the log flume, both groups go up the exit. And then there's Coast Rider which has its own fast pass lane but when we visited a few weeks back it was locked shut and they had us go up the exit instead.

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3 hours ago, coneyislandchris said:

And then there's Coast Rider which has its own fast pass lane but when we visited a few weeks back it was locked shut...

They were trying to send a message.  You didn't get it.

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On 9/9/2021 at 11:42 AM, KBrylczyk said:
On 9/9/2021 at 12:51 PM, SharkTums said:

^^Yeah, sounds like you got lucky. Californians knowing how to merge!?!? That's HILARIOUS!!!!

^ There's a difference between being stuck in gridlocked interstate traffic with no escape heading into the Cajon Pass, and driving around the surface streets of Hollywood with a billion different means of escape if Fairfax gets backed up.

Guess I have gotten lucky, lol! Driven all around San Francisco and multiple times around LA and never had gridlock that lasted more than 10 minutes and I've always found California drivers to be aggressive but fair and decent drivers. Where I live people speed up and purposely try to block you getting on the highway all the time. Stupid. But I actually like to drive, my husband hates driving......so to each their own. 

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On 9/10/2021 at 12:21 AM, Lucas The Drummer said:

Couple question about Scary Farm:

Does anyone know if the mazes are gonna have plexi barriers like Universal is doing this year?

Also, Ive heard a ton of people are abusing the accessibility pass right now, does anyone know if that impacts the fat lane for rides or mazes? or are they seperate?

Thanks!

No one has seen the mazes yet except for the build crew, so no word on the plexi.

Fast Lane at Knott's lets you bypass a LOT of line for most rides, so the impact of accessibility passes would be negligible.  Some rides have a dedicated FL line, some go to the exit.  Mazes generally don't accept accessibility passes because the queues are designed to be ADA compliant, negating the need for an separate accommodation.

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On 9/6/2021 at 5:47 PM, SoCalJasonland said:

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It looks like each side was lit differently.  This side has looped tubing.

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The opposite side of the "K" was lit in white single tubes.

Looks like one side is the original lights (which probably don't work anymore) and the other side is new lights that were installed for this photo op.

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There should be no plexiglass dividers in the mazes per the ride ops I spoke to today who attended the employee preview Haunt event.  

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They have a sugar free Berry Punch that is pretty good and is in a couple of locations in the park.  The drink stands in front of the arcade near the bumper cars and the one in Camp Snoopy near the kiddie coaster both have it.

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This is one of the drink stands with the diet Berry Punch.

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Meet and greet

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Looks like the pizza place near the bumper cars is about to be re-skinned into something new.  

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Pumpkins everywhere

 

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Theme Park Review was invited back into the fog at Knott's Scary Farm for 2021! Although down to 8 mazes this year, the event still brings the screams with returning maze favorites and one new maze. What was most appreciated it the amount of Scare Zone monsters that were out in the street! This was most likely a reallocating of monsters that would have been in the mazes to now be in outdoor area, which was a great option. 

 

Mazes were enjoyable, several show options were scattered throughout the park to enjoy when you found maze wait times to be on the longer side or just wanted to sit for a bit. Note that the last hour of the event sees very low wait time for mazes, so to maximize the event, don't be afraid to enjoy the shows between 9-11:45pm, and then enjoy the shorter maze waits when other patrons have departed for the night. 

 

Thank you to the Knott's team for inviting us, and congratulations on the return of Knott's Scary Farm!

 

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Staring with Pumpkin Eater:

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Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. Had a wife...

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...but couldn't keep her!

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Our 2nd favorite maze of the night, is this carney catastrophe! 

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Origins: The Curse of Calico, featuring Ghost Town friends!

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Catawampus!!!

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Wax Works has returned. 

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Wax Works, The Depths, Dark Entities and Paranormal Inc., are all conveniently located near each other near Ghostrider! 

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Time to travel into....

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Spooky sea!

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Almost Laval Monster!

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Celebrating the final year of Paranormal Inc.

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"What do you mean this is the last year for Paranormal Inc.?!?!??!?"

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Now let's blast off into space with Dark Entities:

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And now, the newest maze, Mesmer! A great play on sideshow acts like hypnosis and more!

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The Timber Mountain Log Ride has been transformed to Halloween Hootenanny, with a fun Halloween jug band music track throughout the ride.

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Spooky mountain!

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A look at a few shows around the park.

This was a drum and witch show in Camp Snoopy:

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An 80's show about saving the planet from "Global Cooling", and has Jeff Tucker written all over it!

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When you find an ancient book, of course you open it and read the incantations! What else would you do with it?!

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A rock band is found at the Calico Stage in the heart of the park. 

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Scare Zones can be found in Camp Snoopy:

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CarnEVIL is on the Boardwalk: 

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And Gore-ing 20's is a brand new area in Charleston Square in the back of the park! "Step back into the dark decadence of a by-gone era as the newest scare zone, The Gore-ing 20's, terrorizes even the bravest and most brutal souls. Here gangsters run illicit hooch for the ghostly revelers as the otherworldly musicians play the music of the damned. Tell the Bouncer the secret password, and you'll have the time of your life…for as long as it lasts."

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We loved the playfulness of this bygone era and the fun around prohibition!

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Outside the Walter Knott Theater was a flapper ground and swing band! Inside the theater is Puppet Up!, an adult improv puppet show, which we highly recommend!

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Ghost Town Streets of course come to live with plenty of fog:

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Knott's Scary Farm runs select nights through October 31st.  https://www.knotts.com/events/scary-farm/tickets to plan your visit!

 

Thank you again to the Knott's Berry Farm team!

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I was just at Knotts and Xcelerator appears to be down indefinitely, the ride looks abandoned  just like Hangtime.

Its also been added on the websites closed rides list

Closed Rides:

HangTime

Pig Pen's Mud Buggies

Wipeout

Xcelerator The Ride®

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7 minutes ago, Rusty Nail said:

I was just at Knotts and Xcelerator appears to be down indefinitely, the ride looks abandoned  just like Hangtime.

Not a good look to have two of the most popular rides in the park down for haunt.  Hopefully they can get them back up and running soon.

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5 hours ago, VegasBaby said:

Not a good look to have two of the most popular rides in the park down for haunt.  Hopefully they can get them back up and running soon.

Especially after being closed for over a year.

I am surprised about HangTime. When did it go down, June? Over 3 months now? Must be a pretty serious issue because obviously they'd open it if they could given the crowds the park is seeing this time of year.

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7 hours ago, Rusty Nail said:

I was just at Knotts and Xcelerator appears to be down indefinitely, the ride looks abandoned  just like Hangtime.

Its also been added on the websites closed rides list

Closed Rides:

HangTime

Pig Pen's Mud Buggies

Wipeout

Xcelerator The Ride®

it just closed Monday.  it's fine.  it's either going thru some rehab or it's staffing.  

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HangTime is waiting for a part from Europe.  It could be stuck on one of the 62 container ships stuck outside of LA. Or still stuck overseas.

Regardless, I cannot WAIT for my trip to KSF Oct 30-31st!!

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