Knott’s Berry Farm is kicking off a year-long one hundredth anniversary celebration with a summer-long pageant that can deliver an enormous lineup of leisure to the Buena Park theme park after a year-long pandemic closure.
The Knott’s Summer time Nights meals and music pageant opened Friday, Might 21 and can run by means of Sept. 6.
Knott’s reopened with rides and attractions to season passholders on May 6 after a 418-day closure as a result of COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020. The park reopened to most people on Friday, Might 21. Knott’s hosted a sequence of meals festivals with out rides in the course of the pandemic closure.
Advance reservations are required for single-day guests and passholders who need to go to Knott’s due to restricted capability protocols instituted by state officers.
Dozens of specialty meals gadgets tied to the Summer time Nights pageant and the one hundredth anniversary celebration may be discovered all through the park. Foodies can pattern from cubicles alongside the halfway from Calico Sq. to Charleston Circle with a Knott’s Summer time Nights tasting card that prices $45 for six sample-size dishes.
Summer time Nights musical leisure will take over the Calico Mine Stage, Calico Park Stage and close by rooftop DJ sales space. The larger Calico Mine Stage will play host to Prime 40 and rock bands like Suffragettes, Hiatus and Tomasina. The smaller Calico Park Stage will characteristic a rotation of zydeco, rockabilly, mariachi and nation bands. DJ music will present a dance beat when the Mine Stage is empty.
Ambiance characters — dubbed the Summer time Nights Celebration Planning Committee — will dance to the bands in entrance of the levels to encourage guests to take to the dance ground whereas additionally serving as a intelligent and mandatory social distancing buffer between the group and the stage.
The “Happiness Is …” Peanuts present will take over the Mine Stage in the course of the day. A drugs present magic act will play the Calico Park Stage in the course of the day.
The “Mayfield Gang Rides Once more” present will take some storytelling cues from the park’s Ghost City Alive interactive leisure expertise and play out the live-action tales on the socially distanced balconies of the Wild West city.
Fiesta Village could have a lineup that includes a mariachi band, flamenco guitarist and puppet present. Los Angeles-based Bob Baker Marionette Theater will carry out the 20-minute “Alegre” puppet present on weekends with samba-dancing cacti, fluttering flowers and a marimba participant.
The Calico Saloon’s present will probably be carried out open air on the balcony — minus the can-can dancers — reasonably than contained in the bar.
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies — who spent 1 / 4 century at Disneyland as Billy Hill and the Hillbillies — will probably be again on the Wagon Camp Stage. The Wild West stunt present that usually calls Wagon Camp house is anticipated to return after COVID-19 well being and security tips change into much less restrictive.
Masked and armed bandits will as soon as once more rob the Denver and Rio Grande Slim Gauge practice — however from the aspect of the tracks reasonably than aboard the practice to take care of social distancing.
KNOT radio disc jockeys will broadcast from the Boardwalk, spinning rocking Fifties tunes and recreating wacky mid-century radio banter.
A bicycle pianist known as the Melody Lane Melodeon will pedal across the Charleston Circle Fountain whereas taking part in Ragtime tunes.
The Chook Cage Theater and the previous Charles M. Schultz Theater — newly renamed the Walter Knott Theater — will stay darkish till after June 15 and presumably till the Christmas season.
Character meet-and-greet alternatives will probably be stored at a protected bodily distance. Ghost City characters will probably be up within the balconies, Peanuts buddies will pose for photographs from the Camp Snoopy stage and Boysen Bear and 4 pie-thieving coyote characters will probably be discovered subsequent to the brand new Bear-y Tales dark ride.
A a lot friendlier model of Whittles the prospector makes a return to Knott’s after terrifying kids of the Nineteen Sixties and ‘70s together with his horrifying look. Whittles is a tall tales character whose tales concerning the previous days of Knott’s will unfold in the course of the one hundredth anniversary celebration.
The spotlight of the one hundredth anniversary celebration is a sequence of picture backdrops that pay homage to retired Knott’s rides like Cleaning soap Field Racers, Parachute Drop and Time Machine.
Followers can stroll into a reproduction of the Haunted Shack that debuted on the outskirts of Knott’s Ghost City in 1954. A smoke-spewing Time Machine backdrop that includes a terrifying dinosaur poking out of a tunnel pays tribute to the previous darkish journey — now house to the brand new Bear-y Tales attraction.
The Parachute Drop picture op close to the Sky Cabin features a fully-inflated orange and white cover. The 15-foot-tall Massive Ok that when stood atop the Sky Cabin tower now serves as a neon-powered backdrop for selfies close to the Xcelerator coaster. Close by, followers can snap photographs inside Cleaning soap Field Racers journey car replicas.
The refurbished Massive Ok tower would be the point of interest of a short nightly fireworks show at Knott’s in the course of the one hundredth anniversary. The brand new Massive Ok signal atop the tower now options LED lights able to 6,000 coloration combos.
Knott’s is following the now-familiar “new regular” of COVID-19 well being and security protocols with restricted capability, required masks, social distancing, enhanced sanitization and contactless funds.
Masks are required on rides, in queues and through character picture alternatives. Masks may be eliminated to eat and drink in designated out of doors eating areas.