THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF GHOST TOWN IS UNDERWAY
The return of GhostRider and new interactive entertainment bring Ghost Town to life in Buena Park, California. This past month I was invited to attend Knott’s Berry Farm 75th Ghost Town Anniversary kick-off. We had a tour of the newly refurbished Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and had a chance to try out some rides in Ghost Town. I just love Knott’s Berry Farm and appreciate all the details that have gone into celebrating Ghost Town’s 75th Anniversary.
Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town delivers an awesome experience for visitors!
Now through September 5, Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the new interactive entertainment experience, Ghost Town Alive!, where guests play a role in new stories and adventures unfolding daily in the old west town of Calico. Plus, for the first time ever, the doors to the legendary shops and buildings around Ghost Town are opening to allow guests to explore locations like the Sheriff’s Office and Barbershop.
Experience the GhostRider (if you dare):
On June 11th, the new GhostRider opened with new coaster trains galloping over 4,500 feet of new track. Since 1998, GhostRider has been giving white-knuckle rides to even the toughest cowpokes. It looms over Ghost Town as the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster on the West Coast. All 4,533 feet of track have been replaced and many of the curves and banks reprofiled to deliver a pulse pounding ride across the western sky. This is one of the best roller coasters I’ve been on! Not for the faint of heart but any thrill seeker will absolutely want to go on it again and again. Too bad my daughter’s last day of school was the day of the media event because otherwise she would have been one of those who got off the ride only to run back up to ride again. How about you and your kids? Are you all fans of fast roller coasters? Then GhostRider is your ride!
When you accelerate down the first 108 foot drop in one of three all new “ore car” coaster trains and hit speeds of over 55 miles per hour, you’ll understand why the west just got a whole lot wilder! We had so much fun riding GhostRider but I have to admit I didn’t realize it was such a fast roller coaster! My friend told me but it didn’t really sink in… until we were seated and flying through the air at over 55 miles per hour. Let me tell you it was probably the fastest roller coaster I’ve been on. But oh, it was so much fun! Can you tell we are all a little flabbergasted?!
Also opening this month is an incredible line up of all new summer entertainment, including the explosive new Wild West Stunt Show, the high kickin’ new Calico Saloon Show, and the wild and wonderful Circus of Wonders on the Calico Mine Stage.
Just outside the park, the historic Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant has reopened following an extensive restoration. But despite updates to the building’s look and dining room decor, the time-honored classic dishes and home style cooking remains unchanged. In 1941, Walter Knott set out to build a small diversion for hungry guests waiting for a table at his wife, Cordelia’s, Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
The overwhelming popularity of the restaurant and adjacent Ghost Town led to the creation of the Knott’s Berry Farm that exists today, 75 years later. But be sure you save room for a slice of the apple pie and/or boysenberry pie!
Visit a working blacksmith shop, have a custom horseshoe made, as well as receive info about the latest happenings in town.
Guests can play in an ongoing card game, help the Sheriff by drawing wanted posters for criminals on file, and participate in catching outlaws as a part of the Sheriff’s posse.
Visit with the oldest resident of Ghost Town and mention a few key words to unlock a few of the town’s secrets.
Parked near the Sheriff’s Office, this cell serves as a photo opportunity for Guests until put into use by the Lawman or Deputies.
This is a center of activity on Main Street as this is where the working telegraph is located. Guests may send and receive telegrams for Characters or for themselves. They may help the Post Master by decoding telegrams. They may pick up mail for Characters or write a letter that may be placed in a Character’s mailbox. They can also help the Pony Express Rider deliver packages and stay on time.
Guests may use press to create and etch their own copy of the town newspaper. Guests may also be sent by the Editor to gather quotes from town characters for the next addition of the “Ghost Town Gazette” that is printed and distributed several times throughout the day.
Guests may interact with stable hands and live farm animals. Guests may also listen to a musical act that performs on a small outdoor stage as a part of the Town’s Celebration Festivities.