Cordelia Knott opened her chicken dinner restaurant in 1934, next to her and her husband Walter's berry farm. Over the years, Walter added a Ghost Town and other attractions to entertain diners while they awaited tables. That evolved into the Cedar Fair-owned theme park that welcomes more than four million visitors a year.
Knott's invented the after-hours theme park Halloween event with Knott's Scary Farm in 1973, which now runs select evenings in September and October. Knott's also puts on several food and entertainment festivals throughout the year, including the Boysenberry Festival (celebrating the fruit hybrid first cultivated on Knott's farm) in the spring, the Peanuts Celebration in late winter, and Knott's Merry Farm for Christmas.
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New for 2023
MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress
The park's former Montezooma's Revenge, a 800-foot-long Schwarzkopf shuttle loop with a 55-mph launch and one inversion, is getting a new name and a rebuild for 2023. The new ride will feature a randomized launch sequence and its queue will get story upgrades about doomed treasure hunters searching for Montezooma's gold.
What to Do
A 4,533-foot Custom Coasters International wooden coaster, retracked by Great Coasters International in 2016, with a 108-foot drop and top speed of 56 mph. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 3,125-foot Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster with a 109-foot drop, top speed of 55 mph and six inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
A 2,198-foot Gerstlauer infinity coaster with a 150-foot beyond-vertical drop, top speed of 57 mph and five inversions. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 2,202-foot Intamin accelerator coaster with an 82-mph launch onto a 205-foot Top Hat. Height requirement: 52 inches
A 1,250-foot Zamperla Moto coaster, styled to look like you are riding on the back of a horse, with a 38-mph launch up a 44-foot hill. Height requirement: 48 inches
A 1,411-foot Mack Rides spinning coaster with a 39-foot drop and top speed of 37 mph. Height requirement: 42 inches