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Knott's Berry Farm - 9/19/2021

Today Shawn and I will be on two completely different paths.  One to Pittsburgh and the other to Knott's Berry Farm.

Shawn and I said our farewells at the hotel.  He headed out to the Burbank Airport for his flight home to Pittsburgh.  And I walked to the Metro Rail station to get to Knott's Berry Farm.  And with MetroLink I was able to go as far as the Buena Park Station.  And finally, from there I took a rideshare to the amusement park arriving just as the park opened at 10:00am.

Knott's Berry Farm

As I entered the main gate I found myself surrounded with the vibe of Knott’s Berry Farm, unlike any other in the Cedar Fair family.  Once I was past the main entry plaza I found the meandering paths filled with shops, restaurants and attractions.  The pathways are a little bit more narrow than at most amusement parks, giving it a more cozy feel.

Knott's Berry Farm

My first ride was on the famous Calico Mine Ride.  This legendary attraction opened in 1960 and was quickly recognized as one of the world's most immersive dark rides.  Riders board unique ore cars and journey through the caverns and tunnels of the mountain.  At several points, riders find themselves along the rim of a sixty-five foot deep and ninety-foot wide scene filled with dozens of animated miners trying to strike it rich.  The winding track takes passengers past underground lakes, waterfalls, caverns filled with thousands of mysterious formations, chambers filled with steaming, bubbling pots and geysers.

Knott's Berry Farm

I continued my day searching out the park's great collection of well themed coasters.  By early afternoon I was ready for a good meal.  And not just any random amusement park meal, but a real dinner at the world famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

Just outside the park's front gate, in the California Marketplace, the restaurant predates the amusement park by six years, as the Tea Room was the first dining room to open in 1934.  The restaurant has grown over the years into one of the largest in California, but the classic fried chicken dinner is still made the same way today using Mrs. Knott's recipes.  Of course, I had to order the Mrs. Knott’s Famous Fried Chicken Dinner.  This included Cherry Rhubarb, Farm Fresh mixed Green Salad, Sweet Kernel Corn, Buttermilk Biscuits, Homemade Boysenberry Butter and Apple Pie.  The checken was quite possibly the best fried chicken I have ever had.  The rhubarb and boysenberry butter were both a first in my life experience.  The entire meal was perfect.  An absolute delight.

With my stomach full, I returned to the park to keep up my quest for more rides.  Through the day I was able to get rides on seven roller coasters, Coast Rider, GhostRider, Jaguar, Montezooma's Revenge, Pony Express, Silver Bullet and Xcelerator.  With these, my coaster count now totals 243.

Knott's Berry Farm

It was now 8:00 and the park was closing. Instead of taking the train back, I got a rideshare to the hotel. Once I was back in my room, I relaxed and gathered up my things for tomorrow’s flight home.

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