Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Knotts Berry Farm

When I took the kids to Disneyland last spring, even though a lot had changed since my last visit 12 years prior, the essence of the park was the same. It was nostalgia at its finest for me. So many of the attractions were exactly as I remembered them. Unfortunately, I did have the same experience when we went as a family to Knotts Berry Farm theme park last week, taking advantage of their Veterans promotion. What I always loved about Knotts was the rich history, especially since I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie. I loved the Calico Mine Ride, the Log Ride, panning for gold and especially all the artifacts from the late 19th century, particularly the miniature replicas of the California missions. So imagine my dismay when we went looking for the missions, only to find out they had been removed to accommodate some massive new roller coaster. The Calico Mine ride was still there, but it was closed for repairs. You could still pan for gold, but it cost $7 a person.

The one thing they did still have that the kids absolutely loved was the log ride. It's kind of like Splash Mountain at Disney. We went on it twice.

The rest of our time was spent in Camp Snoopy where their was plenty of attractions that the kids were able to enjoy.


Crossing the bridge:

The kids on their first solo roller coaster ride:

Snoopy Bus:

The truck ride (note Jake driving below:

The log pedaler, which I thought for sure they would think was too much work, but they loved it:

And of course NASCARs:

And here is Jadyn and I with Snoopy. Jake had no interest in meeting any of the characters:

And the kids very first ferris wheel ride:

Maybe it wasn't the same theme park from my childhood, but we still managed to have a great time.


Joanna said...

I'm sorry that it wasn't the same, but glad you still had a good time. I like all the Snoopy stuff.

Steph said...

Great pictures, hopefully they had a fun experience even though it wasn't what you were hoping for. Jake looks right at home in that race car!