Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town at 75

Two major attractions mark Knott’s Berry Farm’s diamond anniversary.

Knotts Berry Farm Ghost Town, Calico in the 1960s

Calico in the 1960s

Photo Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

Seventy-five years ago, berry farmer Walter Knott created Ghost Town, a replica of the abandoned gold- and silver-rush towns across the Southwest. He built it next to the family’s restaurant to keep his wife’s customers entertained as they waited for their fried chicken dinners. Last summer, Knott’s Berry Farm marked the diamond anniversary of Ghost Town, the amusement park’s original themed land, with two major offerings.

Ghost Town Alive!, an interactive experience that immerses guests in choose-your-own-adventures set in the restored and revitalized town of Calico, was a centerpiece of the celebration. Guests play an active role in shaping the interactive story that develops throughout the day by interacting with characters decked in Old West attire. Roving gangs of bandits, a crooked card game run by a sneaky sheriff, a Western stunt show and a working horse stable allow guests of all ages to experience the excitement of the Wild West.

Knotts Berry Farm Ghost Town, Main Street

Main Street in Ghost Town

Photo Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

The Wild West got even wilder as the GhostRider roller coaster returned from a comprehensive restoration. The classic wooden roller coaster—the longest, fastest and tallest wooden coaster on the West Coast—is better than ever, with state-of-the-art trains that gallop along 4,533 feet of new track. The midcourse brake run has been removed, allowing riders to enjoy a smooth, fast ride from the moment the train descends its opening 108-foot drop to the moment it glides back into the station.

In addition to the new and renewed Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town offerings, the legendary Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant was completely refurbished.

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