Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure #KnottsPink

As someone who has lost friends and family members to breast cancer I love supporting Knott's Berry Farm for the Cure event.  As you walk into Knott's you are greeted with everything pink!  Stories of survivors and fighters of Breast Cancer.  When you purchase your discounted pink ticket at Knotts a portion will go to the Susan G Komen of Orange County.  The "Pink Ticket" and limited edition of "pink" t-shirt is available from now through March 18th.

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Knott's Berry Farm For the Cure of #BreastCancer #KnottsPink

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Knotts Breast Cancer

Last weekend I was invited to the second launch of Knott's For the Cure.  This was an emotional day as my best friend of 20 years had just passed away the Sunday prior because of Breast Cancer.  She was only 36 and last year after the first Knott's event she had notified me that she had diagnosed with Stage 2.  I would of loved to have had her at this event with me hearing all the stories of encouragement and living life with breast cancer.

As you walk into Knott's you are greeted with everything pink!  Stories of survivors and fighters of Breast Cancer.  When you purchase your discounted pink ticket at Knotts a portion will go to the Susan G Komen of Orange County.  Last year Knott's raised almost $100k!  Let's get them there and pass that mark this year!

You can also shop for exclusive Pink Knotts merchandise which a portion of these proceeds will also go to the Susan G Komen Orange County.

My friend Leti lost her life on January 4th.   She had found the lumps on her breast, but was scared to see the doctor.  When she did she found out it was Breast Cancer Stage 2 last March.  She did chemo and did a double mastectomy in July 2014.  

In late November 2014 she was told that the cancer had spread.

These are the statistics about Latina Women (provided by Susan G Komen):

  • Breast Cancer is most common cancer among Hispanic/Latina women
  • Breast Cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic/Latina women
  • Hispanic/Latina women tend to be diagnosed with later stage breast cancers than white women.  This means that they are less likely to get prompt follow-up after an ab-normal mammogram 

We need to get checked and most importantly we need the follow up!  My friends Leti was too young to loose her life.  She leaves behind 4 children and she was my biggest supporter.

If you would like to help by donating to Leticia's family >>> CLICK HERE

I would like to thank some of my blogging friends for their hugs throughout the event.  It really means a lot to me!

 

 

LAST TIME ON KNOTTS BERRY FARM...

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

I described the Linus Launcher to my son as the superman ride.  How cool is this?  Kids lay down and hold on as they glide 10 feet through the air.  I wish I could go on!

Charlie Brown's Kite Flyer is going to be my favorite.  I love swings and flying 18 feet above ground it will give bigger kids a thrill.  As a parent I loved that you can sit with your child.  I love that sense of security.  

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

I just know that my toddler is going to love Pig Pen's Mud Buggies.  Remember when I dressed him up as Pig Pen last year for Halloween?  The kids control the ride so they go to up and down as they wished. 

I was really excited when I saw the bench area at Knott's.  So peaceful and shady.  This is a great spot for parents/grandparents to rest while you watch the older kids bounce from ride to ride.  Or in my case the kids go from the same ride and back in line again!

So many new things and everything looks so fresh.  So glad they still have the ferris wheel and the Huff and Puff.  The Huff and Puff in case you didn't know if your little one can't do it by him/herself you can tag along and give them a push.  

I am also thankful they didn't get rid of the nursing station.  If you don't know where it is next to south of these benches, or you can just look at the map.  Anywhere you see a teddy bear is a nursing station.

Up next is Calico Mine!

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

Photo Credit:  Knott's Berry Farm

It started with a bang!  The crowd cheered as the grand re-opening of the Calico Mine Ride.  Everybody was excited to see the new changes on the ride.  The ride is a classic for our family.  I remember as a child I would bury my face in the father's shoulder cause I was scared of the dark and my imagination would just go wild and then growing up and seeing it differently.  

I liked how they didn't try to reinvent the ride, just gave it a new makeover with new Animatronics and better design.  

Next up Boom Town at Calico Square!

Knott's has a new show called Boom Town.  These performers are really talented.  It is a mix of the Wild West Show and a Cirque Du Soleil.  The show is about fifteen minutes long and in Calico Square.  Can't miss it!  Plenty of space for everyone to see and great for the whole family.  Only thing missing is shade so wear a  hat.

Next Up NEW Snoopy on Ice! 

I am a HUGE fan of Snoopy and a Music Lover so what a great treat for me to see the New Snoopy on Ice show that features snoopy with great music.  Different scenes from Marching Band, Hell's Kitchen, Magic Show, and the finale which I won't spoil for you.  Get there early for good seats.  The show is about half hour long so make sure your kids go to the bathroom before heading in line.

So now it is your turn...What are you excited to see at Knott's Berry Farm?

Are you infected? Knott's Scary Farm new mazes!

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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.

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself.

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.

Beware the cursed swamps of New Orleans, where mindless zombies trudge through the murky bogs in search of bloody sacrifices and demons use Voodoo curses to possess innocent souls. Choose your path carefully children, for one wrong turn and you will be hexed forever.

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!

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

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!

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

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.. 

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

Photo Credit:  Knotts Scary Farm

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.  

Skeleton Key

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.  

Autism/Disability Accessibility at Knotts Berry Park

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 Camp Snoopy

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.

These pros & cons mainly apply to Autism, cognitive issues or over stimulation caused by Autism/ASD

             Front and back of Ride Boarding Pass at Knotts Berry Farm and the Instructions on how to use.

             Front and back of Ride Boarding Pass at Knotts Berry Farm and the Instructions on how to use.

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

Knotts Berry Farm for Knotts Summer Fun!

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Knotts is kicking off summer by celebrating the newly remodeled Camp Snoopy with new shows and rides. What are you waiting for, you gotta get to Knotts this summer!  Knotts Summer is on! Chock full of new shows, rides, a complete rehab of a classic and the remodel of Camp Snoopy for the Celebration of its 30 years!


I honestly can't remember the last time I was at Knotts Berry Farm. I have very faint memories of the train ride, Ghost Town and the log ride...that's it! So when I got word that we were invited to see all that Knotts has done to Camp Snoopy for its 30th Anniversary and new rides it had added  I was very excited for not only myself but for my whole family! This was going to be a first time experience for all of us together! 

Meeting the Peanuts gang at Camp Snoopy.

Meeting the Peanuts gang at Camp Snoopy.

Camp Snoopy got a complete makeover with the addition of 3 new and exciting rides! The Linus launcher, The Pig Pen's Mud Buggies and The Charlie Brown flyers are all kid pleasers with their own look and thrill. Our gal LOVED the Linus launcher, our daredevil rode it 2 times!

Camp Snoopy's 3 New Rides! The Linus Launcher, The Charlie Brown Kite Flyers & Pig Pens Mud Buggies.

Camp Snoopy's 3 New Rides! The Linus Launcher, The Charlie Brown Kite Flyers & Pig Pens Mud Buggies.

The camp itself feels like a real camp site, so woodsy and full of trees. A lush landscaped stream runs through to the waterfall that can been see from The Grizzly Creek Lodge, which is an excellent place to take a break and eat on one of its three levels, as we opted to do. 
 

Knotts pulled out all the stops for the makeover! Camp Snoopy at 30! Looking amazing!

Knotts pulled out all the stops for the makeover! Camp Snoopy at 30! Looking amazing!

The completely restored Calico Mine Ride was just recently relaunched for Knotts Summer and looked like I'm sure it did to those who rode it on day one, only better. It was neat to listen to parents talk to their kids about the ride, sharing their memories from their youth, as it should be! 

Restored to it's original glory with added updates, Knotts kept it fresh and current!

Restored to it's original glory with added updates, Knotts kept it fresh and current!

Whats old is new again this summer at Knotts!

Whats old is new again this summer at Knotts!

New for Knotts Summer on the show side of things is Snoopy Unleashed! On Ice. And it was off the leash for sure! Unexpected surprises at every turn, fast paced -seamless set changes, cool music and talented performers which did MORE than just skate! We all enjoyed this show, my daughter clapping between sets standing up dancing along to the music and laughing at the animation of Snoopy. A must see while at the park for sure! 


They also added another live acrobatic show called Boom Town which is getting great reviews, we'll be looking forward to it on our next visit. 
 

Check out what Snoopy is Cooking and so much more! Surprises at every turn the whole family will love!

Check out what Snoopy is Cooking and so much more! Surprises at every turn the whole family will love!

Quick mention on GAC accommodation at the Park

This being our first visit I have to say I was a bit wary visiting the park during such a busy time of the year and with my daughter having Autism. We are not familiar with the park/rides, so I opted to get their Guest Assistance Card. Now I had heard some not so favorable reviews about their handling of this system, but I had to give it a go for myself. We had nothing but great service, very helpful RO's  and boarding right on time, I was extremely pleased! We used it towards the end of our stay when the park was more crowded. The staff was super accommodating and helpful in explaining how things worked.

I will do a full review/explanation on how this system work in a separate post soon.

Knott's Berry Farm's KidCaster, Chloe Noelle, takes you behind the scenes of three new rides in the fresh Camp Snoopy. Buy tickets online for the best deals: https://www.knotts.com/tickets/

I would like to sincerely thank the powers that be at Knotts Berry Farm for graciously having my family as a guest to experience all the improvements, additions and oldies but goodies the park has to offer, we truly had a wonderful day that we will soon not forget!

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to the park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. Your outcome may vary.

HUZZAH! Medieval Times Behind the Scenes Tour & Tournament! and GIVEAWAY!

Medieval Times

Our Behind the Scenes Tour and Evening at the Tournament

To say we were excited to be invited to tour the Medieval Times facilities in Buena Park would be an understatement!  It is a sight seen by few of the general public so we were so honored when we were given the opportunity this past week.  And of course my gal HAD to dress appropriately, she never misses an opportunity to dress up.

The King's Stallion. Standing approximately 17 Hands Tall, he is a breed from the Netherlands.  The Gentle giant with my daughter, I think they were captivated by each other.

The King's Stallion. Standing approximately 17 Hands Tall, he is a breed from the Netherlands.  The Gentle giant with my daughter, I think they were captivated by each other.

My girl having fun with the horses and their trainer.

My girl having fun with the horses and their trainer.

 Our behind the scenes tour started with the stables that house the gorgeous stallions (the show features only stallions, the foals and mares are all in Texas at the Medieval Times Ranch we learned) Here in the stables where the horses are kept, groomed, bathed as we saw, fed and prepped for the show. They were stunning up close, almost seamed unreal how still and calm they were. 

 

A little assistance from a pro at crowns the princess and the knights of the tournament during training.

A little assistance from a pro at crowns the princess and the knights of the tournament during training.

Next stops were the main hall and then the arena where the knights were in full training mode. This was awesome, they interacted with my daughter and even let her hold their sword.  Since they were playing up their battle moves she was laughing (I think it kind of confused her as to if it was real or pretend, this is a perspective taking /autism issue)  The noise level at first was also an issue for her, we left for a brief time (to seek out the princess) then returned after adjusting to the loud clashes and we could then enjoy the arena and the knights practice.

So during our brief break from the arena, we took the time to track down the princess to allow my daughter to adjust to the noises and my daughter was insistent that we find her anyway.  In the middle of preparing for the show was how we found the princess so my girl was able to try her crown and grill her as to why she was not fully dressed (nothing gets past her) I explained that her lady in waiting must have stepped out. 

 We finished our tour with taking our picture with the king and my daughter with the princess (this time fully accessorized) and then waited for the tournament to begin! Lucky Gals or what?

 

The beginning of the tournament, such a spectacle of colors amongst the talented performers and horses.

The beginning of the tournament, such a spectacle of colors amongst the talented performers and horses.

Okay so this was not our first time to Medieval Times for the Dinner and Tournament, third to be exact counting this time.  We have had mixed experiences each time, mainly sensory issues (loud noises basically) but overall, great thus the reason we keep coming back.  My girl asked for the black and white knight on our last visit and did so again on this visit!  Autism and things always having to be the same.

So much food, can't finish it all, take it home!

So much food, can't finish it all, take it home!

Dinner is served!  My daughter had the baby dragon, I mean chicken, rib, potato with bread and tomato bisque soup and I played the part of a vegetarian for the evening.  My dinner consisted of a hummus plate with veggies and a stew made with potatoes, rice and beans along with other veggies.  Both were very filling and very Delicious. 

The Falcon returning from his majestic flight around the arena.

The Falcon returning from his majestic flight around the arena.

Black and Whitle knight for the win! and the flower that made her "Knight" 

Black and Whitle knight for the win! and the flower that made her "Knight" 

As the tournament got underway my daughter seemed a bit uneasy at first with the noise level but once things got going she was all cheers and rooting the tournament on, whew! "Bring on the castle bread" and "Go black and white Knight!"( She's 6 mind you) and as the evening progressed she REALLY wanted a flower, I feared with us being so high up she wouldn't get one, so I stood her up, waved a napkin and PLOP! right on her chair landed a red flower! MADE her night. Oh and I knew then he would win....and he did.  Perfect ending to a perfect day with my gal, the kind memories are made of!

I would sincerely like to thank everyone at Medieval Times for their generosity and their time in taking us on the tour of their beautiful facilities, just a great group of people I have to say.  We had met a few of them at a previous Autism events and can only hope we see each other again to spread awareness again soon. 

Autism/Special Needs Pros and Cons: 

If waiting in the Main Hall for the tournament to begin is too much stimulation, noise or the crowds are overwhelming you can ask to use the handicap entrance and be seated a few minuets before the rest of the public at a separate entrance.  Just explain your situation and they will be more than happy to accommodate your party.  We used this option and it was a HUGE help.

Be aware that the tournament has loud noises and flashing lights.  Seating your party to the end of your row allows you to leave for breaks if needed(this is where the early seating option comes in handy), The show runs approximately 2 hours.

If eating with hands is a concern (tactile/sensory issues) I would say bring your own utensils (plastic if that is acceptable for your family member) or your normal flatware. I would advise your server of your situation as well.

Have any other concerns/needs just give them a call!

General note: The arena is a bit on the cool side, so bring a light sweater.

Last but not least enjoy the show!

LET THE TOURNAMENT BEGIN AT MEDIEVAL TIMES!

Medieval Times

We went to Medieval Times this past Sunday.  We had such an awesome time. I love these kind of shows.  I was nervous for Dominic (1 year old), he doesn't do well during dinner times, but I was very surprised at how entertained he was and most importantly how he sat through the whole show!

We are from Glendora and it only took us half an hour to get there.  We just to the carpool lane all the way there.

When you get there they provide you with a Knight to cheer for along with a crown.  Our knight was Black and White Knight!  You then get to take a picture with a knight, king, or princess.

They have a patio and a lobby where you wait for the show to start.  As they start calling the colors the crowd gets excited ready for the show!

 

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The meal consists of garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, spare rib, herb-roasted potato, pastry and drinks.  Note, there are also Vegetarian meals.  As you know there are no utensils.  You eat with your hands.  I loved watching Vincent eat the spare rib.  My hubby separated  the chicken for him. We told him the soup was ketchup soup so that he would try it.  Also If you or your kids don't finish there meal they have take out boxes!  I made enchiladas with the leftover chicken I had!
 

As you see your knight and knight teammates you cheer for them loudly to win the competitions.  When your knight wins they receive flowers from the princess.  The knight then goes over to his area and throws the flowers to a fair lady in the crowd.
 

Then after your meal and as you enjoy your pastry dessert you watch the knights battle it out.  I loved cheering for our knight and had to watch out for my son.  He was going crazy with the flag and I almost got hit!

I loved this show, the food, and most of all watching my kids faces as they enjoyed it!

Disclosure:  I received tickets to see the show, opinions and experience is my own!