Knott's Berry Farm: how much time to alot?

Knott's Berry Farm: How much vacation time should we allot for Knott's Berry Farm?

From Beth Olliges
Posted September 11, 2009 at 6:12 PM
My boyfriend and I are planning a visit to Disneyland the week after Christmas, and we're thinking of adding a visit to Knott's Berry Farm. For those of you who have been there, how much time will we need at KBF? On the day we arrive, we'd have about six hours of park time available. Would that be enough, or should we plan to return a second day? (We're both huge coaster fans, and several of the "family rides" appeal to us, too.) Thanks for your help! (P.S. Has anyone stayed at the KBF hotel, and if so, would you recommend it?)

From Beth Olliges
Posted September 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM
Ack! I can't believe I typo'd "allot" in the title!

From Nick Markham
Posted September 11, 2009 at 9:54 PM
You can do it in one day. Here is exactly what to do to get everything in.

First, arrive 15 minutes early. The Ghost Town section of the park opens 10 minutes early. Head directly for GFhost Rider for the first train of the day.

Then, go straight for Silver Bullet, which will be just about the time the rest of the park opens up. You will be able to get on this in less than 5 minutes. then, pass Timber Mountain Log ride which will not be open yet, and head for a ride on Supreme Scream.

While riding Supreme, you will see Xcelerator making test runs. After Supremem, go for Xcelerator, where you will most likely be one of, if not the first person on Xcelerator! Now, Perilous Plunge would be good to hit, as it will start to get lines soon after you ride it.

Then, head directly for Timber Mountain, which most likely opened a few minutes before but, people have not realized yet. Then finish off the water rides with Big Foot Rapids, which will get long lines after your ride.

Make sure to get Pony Express to wrap up the area before taking the pathway under the Pony Express tunnel, to ride Boomerang. Then head for La Revolucion in the Fiesta Village section. Then you can round up Jaguar! and Montezooma's Revenge to finish up the area as well. Finally, get a ride on Sierra Sidewinder followed by a Calico Mine Ride adventure, and a showing of both Everyone Loves Snoopy and Mystery Lodge.

Now, as the big surprise, you can do this all in 3 hours! And it works! I used it in July on a Saturday with large crowds! Please tell me how this works for you as I would be glad to hear about another great experience!

From Brandon S
Posted September 11, 2009 at 10:09 PM
If you're huge coaster fans you might want to check out Six Flags Magic Mountain too.

From Beth Olliges
Posted September 11, 2009 at 10:36 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions! We won't be able to visit SFMM this visit, as we're not renting a car. We'll definitely keep it in mind for a future trip, though! :-) (We were going to check it out on our first trip to L.A., but *somebody* left his Six Flags season pass at home!)

Thanks, Nick, for the very detailed ride plan! Unfortunately, we can't enact it exactly as you've laid it out with the early arrival, because our flight doesn't even land until about 1 p.m. (I guess I should've been more specific in my question; I figure by the time we get to the hotel, check in and have lunch, we'll get to the park around 4 p.m., and the KBF web site's calendar says the park is open until 10:00 that night. That's where I got my estimate that we'll have about six hours of park time.) So with the mid-afternoon crowds (and being Christmas week, too), can we still cover everything in six hours?

From Nick Markham
Posted September 12, 2009 at 8:03 AM
Hmmmm... Well, it is hard to not open a park christmas week. I think you still might be able to, but you would need to follow a completly different tour plan. This along with the fact Ghost Rider breaks down periodically throughout the day will not make it easy. Let me think about it, see if I can remember how we did it on a half day, as we got to go to Knotts 4 days in a row and basically figured out everything!

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