*I’d like to disclose that Knott’s gave me two tickets to the park and early admission. The opinions and fun times are all mine. It’s ok to be jealous.
Last weekend I was invited by Knott’s Berry Farm to come and see their expanded Boardwalk area and the newly refurbished Log Ride. While I usually bring my family to these events, this time I decided to change it up a bit. I barely get to see my best friend with all our kids (7 between us!), activities, family obligations, etc. So I thought that she and I could use a day of fun at an amusement park. No kids. Just us. How rad is that?!
The Log Ride opened in 1969 and helped to cement Knott’s as America’s first theme park. The multi million dollar refurbishment kept all the old charm but just freshened it up. It looks brand new while looking pretty much the same as before. Does that make sense to anyone but me? This has always been one of my favorite rides.
We decided that we would try to ride as many of the 5 rated attractions (5= an aggressive thrill ride) as we could before we had to get back to real life. I was pretty devastated when Knott’s took out the Soap Box Racers and replaced it with the Xcelerator. But I decided to give it a ride anyway. While the Log Ride is certainly a thrill ride, this was our first legit roller coaster of the day. This thing was FAST! And tall and it goes upside down. It was crazy awesome. I had tears running out of my eyes (I wasn’t crying it was just cold I swear!) and was a little afraid that one of my contacts was going to blow out of my eyes. It was THAT fast. And so fun! We both screamed like little girls. I totally want to go on this again. Sooner rather than later.
Next we checked out the Boardwalk area. We rode the new Coast Rider. After the Xcelerator we pretty much scoffed at this ride. We were really snide and made comments like, “how cute.” But it showed us. It starts out all nice and then whips you around the first turn high above Western Ave. T and I both may have let out a very loud “SH*T!” at the exact same time. It was a pretty fun little ride and perfect for those who are tall enough to ride but are not very experienced roller coaster riders. Then we headed over to Riptide, another level 5er. The Boardwalk area is a great place for kids who are too big for Camp Snoopy or need a bigger thrill. There are still height requirements (like 44″ to ride alone or 36″ plus an accompanying responsible person for the Surfside Gliders) but older kids would LOVE this area I think!
Growing up I don’t remember seeing all these warning signs before riding each ride. You look at things a little differently as a grown up. I guarantee you that all of these rules were followed. We held on all right. There was no chance we were going to raise our hands in the air like we just didn’t care. Once the park opened to the public it got a little crowded and we had to wait in some lines. This was the perfect opportunity for T and I to chat and catch up. There were no distraction, except some ill-chosen fashions and we were able to really enjoy each other’s company. I had missed that!
After riding the Silver Bullet (OMG! LOVE THIS ONE TOO! Except I irrationally felt like my feet were going to get chopped off because they just kind of dangle as you fly through the park) and Ghost Rider (which I hated. It should be called Brain Dislodger.) we decided to grab some food. There are tons of choices throughout the park. And as two girlfriends do when out to lunch without their children we contemplated having some day wine. But Spurs Chop house wasn’t open so we settled on some cowboy fries. Totally going to make these at home. So delicious!
We wrapped lunch up with a funnel cake. Duh. After those amazing fries we really weren’t able to get through much of the funnel cake. A fella that looked like he was in high school saw that we were about to throw a large portion of funnel cake away and asked if he could have it. Even though I had already put our paper trash on top of it. T and I were so close to mom-ing him, but we caught ourselves. That is some other mother’s problem.
After lunch we headed to Fiesta Village because I had seen La Revolucion from our ride on the Supreme Scream (I have never heard myself scream that loud before). T was nervous since we had just stuffed ourselves but I was pretty confident that we wouldn’t barf. I was right. And it was awesome!
In the early afternoon we had to call it a day and head back to our families. I know that there are tons of family attractions at Knott’s but I have to say that being there with a grown up friend was so fun. I’ve also talked to my husband about heading back at the end of summer with some other adult friends for a fun afternoon of coaster riding. Who’s with me?
Sorry for the iphone photos. I decided it was unwise to take my legit camera on roller coasters.
*I received two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. Now is the perfect time to head to Knott’s to check out the new Log Ride and the expanded Boardwalk area. All opinions are my own.