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Since there are so many things to do at Knott's Scary Farm I am going to show you my strategy.
Get there early, they open the gates at 6:30 pm and then you are at the start of Knotts. Go and wait for the entrance of Calico Ghost Town. The monsters will get you worked up watching them come closer to you, greeting you in.
Once opened then head to the left, go all the way to the back. Make your choice (all great mazes but super long lines)
Dominion of the Damned - is really good. I love when you walk in and here other people screaming. Crazy jumping when some walls come to light and reveals what is inside.
Toothfairy - This still haunts me! You walk in and you see this little boy on his bed looking for his brother. Then you start hearing the sound of the dentist. There is a part where this little boy is sitting in the dentist chair half of his jaw missing and the toothfairy is taking out his teeth. All the way through it is scary.
VooDoo - I was lucky enough to see this in the day time. I was even scared then. You get different paths when you visit and I am not going to say what happens when you go out to the swamp walking on the bridges, but you will be scared! In one room there is an exorcist happening in the other a human sacrifice. As you go through the woods it is lit by fog and you don't know what is coming up! Creepy!
I would hold off Trick or Treat for the end on the way back.
Then Infected!!! Well this is a timed attraction. They give you a time to come back and either you are Alpha or Bravo. Alpha you enter through the opening of Camp Snoopy. Bravo you enter though the other side where the Fiesta Village is. Look I came out okay!
YES! Finally someone has done exactly what I wanted for Halloween! To take down some ZOMBIES! Infected is where Camp Snoopy is. You go in and wait for your instructions. They provide you with a gun that you have have to shoot the zombies in the head. If the zombie gets to close you are of the game. You go through the building and start being attacked. I was so into it, I felt my adrenaline kick in. They were coming from everywhere. You get out of the building and start making your way across the bridge through the cave. In the cave you cannot see anything. Once you make it out of the cave you come across a campground. You have to look in the tents to find survivors. Crazy! Loved every minute of it! Here is a tip to know how many zombies you got look at your gun at the end. It will have a number showing your killings. This was a great way to my night!
Then walk through the mist of Calico, which you can't see anything, not until it is right in front you. Hold tight to your friends cause you don't want to get separated..
Head over to Pinnochio - I did like this a lot! So creepy and the boy you see on the far left of the picture above man he gives the chills. Marionette's have always scared me and seeing the human flesh covering the wooden boy was creepy!
Then Forevermore - I didn't really care for this maze. It did have some cool scenes with the ravens which I am scared of birds, but other than I think they could of done more with the giant screen.
If you need a break then watch Elvira! Yes she is back, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, ELVIRA! She will be at Knott's Scary Farm every night at the Charles M. Schultz Theatre. You can also shop and meet Elvira at the Boo-tique. Each night a limited number of guests who spend at least $50 at the Elvira Boo-tique during Knott's Scary Farm will get a chance to meet Elvira!
The Hanging is a great show. Very funny! Just wished it was shorter. My feet were killing me from standing. Careful though the little piggies are out to play!
My recommendation is this if it is your first time there or haven't been there awhile invest in the Fright Lane Pass which has almost zero wait time so you can jump from each maze.
If you are a seasonal Knotts Scary Farm guest get the Fright Lane Pass with skeleton key. There is a 20 minute wait at some since they only allow 6 guests at time into the extra rooms. Then you go straight into the maze after that.
Accommodations offered at the park and our experience with the system at Knotts Berry Farm
So with any amusement park, if the concept of time, crowds or sensory overload is an issue try using the accommodations the park may offer you, at Knotts Berry Farm it is a Ride Boarding Pass that can be acquired.
Start off by visiting the parks information center and requesting a Ride Boarding Pass. There you will be asked what your needs, limitations and concerns are and there is where the determination is made as to what help can be offered. In our case, the Ride Boarding Pass was explained, issued for the 3 of us in our party and we were off. No picture, no proof of disability (it is against ADA laws) overall a very simple process.
Knotts Berry Farm's system works for the most part, only downfall I see is if you are alone (parent with child) you must go to the ride to get a return time. This can/may be stressful/difficult for child/adult to comprehend that he/she must then leave the ride and then return at a later time.
Getting a return time helps avoid being in the ride queue where child/adult can become over stimulated by being too close to people or noises.
Another down side, only having the ability to have one return time at a time for a ride, but this is par with other amusement parks. Planning your visit on off peak days or season will cut your wait times and offer less crowds.
I can say that when we were given a return time/boarding time, we were boarded at that time....No extra waiting. May not be the case always, but the 2 times we used the Ride Boarding Pass it was. The R/O's were very friendly and helpful making for our first time using the system a little less stressful, it was also our first visit to the park too. I did like the fact that we were not placed in an additional line to have to wait more time to ride, this is the case on many rides at the "other" park were the fastpast system is used and adds to the overall board time. With a person on the spectrum and their issue with not understanding the concept of time this to me is a plus here at Knotts Berry Farm!
Overall the accommodations worked with my high functioning autistic girl (who has tons of practice at the "other" big near by amusement park) there will always be that off day, that favorite ride that is broken down or delayed or the day that EVERYONE just decided to show up, for this we are thankful the park has this system in place to help out. Now how to keep people honest and not abuse the system and ruin it for those who truly need it. Sigh