Did you know that Walter Knott invented the boysenberry? Well, he did. He spliced together raspberry, blackberry, dewberry, and loganberry plants, and came up with boysenberries. He’s also said to have invented the American Theme Park, although another Walter might disagree. Today, all the berry products I found were made by another berry-related company founded by one Jerome Smucker. The true sweetness at Knott’s Berry Farm today springs from steel and wood coasters.
Lyle and I officially began the CoasterDad Project SoCal Park Tour today. Lyle made sure we were first in line, and had the whole park map committed to memory. We didn’t waste a minute. By lunchtime, we had ridden just about every coaster in the park. Then, to be sure, we rode them all again.
Here are Lyles Ride Rankings for Knott’s Berry Farm, starting with his faves:
2. Silver Bullet
3. Pony Express
4. Ghost Rider
5. Screaming Swing
6. Sierra Sidewinder
7. Coast Rider
We also rode Timber Mountain Log Ride, and Bigfoot Rapids. But, Lyle is purist. Those are not coasters or, in his view, thrill rides. They are wonderful good fun, though. Montezooma’s Revenge was closed, although Lyle felt sure it would have made the top five.
Knott’s Berry Farm is beautifully themed and impressively clean. The staff are friendly, approachable, and dressed in costumes to match the whole vibe. All told, I’d say Walter Knott made the right call leaving the berry business to Smuckers.
See you tomorrow, when we bring you our Magic Mountain Review!