Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sabrina's Brochure Spotlight: Knott's Berry Farm 2005

This week we visit one of Cedar Fair's many properties on the West Coast, and I'm happy to report that this one doesn't have a reason to sue its own city yet!

New at Knott's Berry Farm in 2005: Coors Light! Oh wait, my bad--that's a coaster. [Am I the only one who finds it impossible to hear the phrase "Silver Bullet" without thinking of beer? I guess the Coors marketing department did its job.]

If you want to get technical, Silver Bullet actually opened in December 2004. But to most, it was the flashy new ride of 2005. Just out of curiosity, does anyone happen to know why the last three cars of the train have yellow bottoms while the rest have red bottoms? Inquiring minds (namely, mine) want to know! How bizarre.

If a picture speaks a thousand words, enjoy these 17,000. Knott's Berry Farm and sister water park Knott's Soak City lured would-be 2005 visitors with this tantalizing (yet tiny) taste of what they had to offer. Children's area? The beagle has seen to that. Drenching fun on a hot California day? Plenty. Entertainment? You're darn tootin'. And coasters? Everything from wooden to launched. (Not to mention that new beer-themed one.) Get the picture?

In case 17,000 words weren't enough for you, here's a few thousand more. (Plus some real copy, just for good measure.) If you read the fine print, you'll discover that yet another ride made its debut at Knott's during this season (though technically, again, in late 2004). A Zamperla Rockin' Tug named Lucy's Tugboat joined the line-up in Camp Snoopy, much to little guests' amusement.

In addition to Silver Bullet, Knott's second and third newest coasters--Xcelerator and GhostRider--also enjoy name recognition here. So do all six of the park's themed areas, although a few enjoy some preferential treatment with the bold yellow text. Yet for some reason, there is no mention of the S&S Screamin' Swing which also opened in late 2004. That's a bit strange, considering that it was the first ride of its kind.

Finally, Knott's wanted to remind everyone that the famous Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant as well as the California MarketPlace (a unique shopping area) could be visited by guests and non-guests alike. Personally, I can't imagine making a trip to Knott's for the food and shopping alone. But to each his own, I guess!