If you are planning to head to Knott’s Berry Farm, you are going to want to consider these 5 best tips for Knott’s Berry Farm.
With 2 little kids and only one day to be at Knott’s Berry Farm recently, I researched the park, went over the rides over and over again, and made a plan for the day. We were traveling from a different state to stay in Fountain Valley, California which is about 25 minutes from Buena Park where Knott’s Berry Farm is located. Fountain Valley was a nice location and central between all the areas we were visiting for the length of our vacation.
We arrived around 10 am to Knott’s Berry Farm on the first Friday in November. There was a large group waiting to get inside as we drove past the entrance but by the time we parked and walked back to the entrance, there were only a few people standing around.
Mistake #1: We didn’t pay for tickets ahead of time because we weren’t sure if we were going to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm. If we had paid 3 days in advance, we would have received the discount. When we approached the window with a $10 off coupon we had found, we were shocked at the high prices so we ordered online.
Tip #1: Order tickets ahead of time online. Whether you are at least 3 days in advance or not, ordering tickets online is much cheaper than the window price. Luckily we had our smart phones handy and ordered right there on the spot. We input names and the entrance man scanned our phone with all of our tickets and we were into the park!
Mistake #2: From there we were somehow lost. Although I had done my research, I wasn’t sure where lines started and how to get to some of the places I wanted to be. Luckily we knew 6 of the rides we wanted to go on most and made our way to those.
Tip #2: Plan ahead. Know what the popular rides are of those you want to go on (Voyage to the Iron Reef, Xcelerator, and Timber Mountain Log Ride were the most popular while we were there) and head to those first. We also have some short kids so we had made a list prior to going of which ones they were tall enough for so we weren’t wasting time looking on our map or going to the ride only to find out they couldn’t go.
Tip #3: If possible, go to Knott’s Berry Farm on the off-season. Summers are always busy, especially weekend evenings. When we went in November, I was shocked at how few people were actually there. The longest wait time may have been 15 minutes for the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Even the Voyage to the Iron Reef, which must get an insane amount of people based on the line separators we had to walk through to get up to the top to the beginning of the line, was only a 10 minute maximum wait time both during the day and that Friday evening that we went. Also in November, the locals were bundled up tight to the 50-60 degree Fahrenheit weather while my family and I were walking around in shorts and a t-shirt which probably kept a lot of the locals who may go to the park away.
We had heard of the high prices of food at Knott’s Berry Farm so in preparation for lunch, we had taken a backpack with snacks and a little lunch cooler full of fruits and vegetables. It was all compact in the backpack and we left it at the gate of each ride. We figured if someone stole it, they would hopefully enjoy the food and water bottles as there was nothing else valuable in it. Credit cards and phones went with us on each ride in our pockets.
Tip #4: Take your own food. You don’t have to be as extreme as us and take enough to cover the entire day as there is plenty of food for purchase at the park, however, our family enjoyed the food and snacks we had that lasted us from 10 am until 6 pm when we left the park. It saved us a lot of money and the family stayed full throughout the day. We took advantage of the shows and used those times to eat. We also pulled out a snack or two as we were waiting in lines, although our wait time was never too long so we were usually eating on the go or at shows.
Mistake #3: I am the type of person who really enjoys schedules and sticking to them. Because I didn’t foresee short wait times and didn’t add in shows, we were way off with what I thought we could get through in the amount of time. However, the more I relaxed about the rides and where I wanted to be, the more enjoyable it was.
Tip #5: Relax. In the end, it’s more important that your family has a good, memorable experience than your family being able to go to every single ride during your time at Knott’s Berry Farm. As we had younger kids, we spent the last few hours at Camp Snoopy and although I would have preferred to go on some of the bigger rides, the kids had a blast and it was nice to slowly wander around Camp Snoopy and watch the kids enjoy themselves (while I ate the rest of their Cheetos).
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