Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel Offers Snoopy Bedtime Tuck-In!


Snoopy Tuck-In & More At The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel!

We were recently invited to experience a fun overnight stay at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, in Buena Park, California. We knew that Knott’s had a hotel, and had seen it from a distance on many occasions, but had never stepped foot into it prior to our visit.

Snoopy At Knott's Hotel ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Convenient Location To Bounce Between Parks!


The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel is located next door to Knott’s Berry Farm, and across the street from Knott’s Soak City OC. It’s very convenient to go to and from the hotel to the Parks. The walk to the entrance of Knott’s Berry Farm is about 5 minutes, and it’s just a bit farther to the entrance of their Water Park. It’s super convenient bounce to and from the hotel to the Parks, or even the Knott’s Berry Farm California MarketPlace, without having to drive anywhere.

Knott's Hotel ~ www.socalwithkids.com


321 Guest Rooms At The Knott’s Hotel


The full-service hotel has 321 guest rooms, offers room service, and has an on-site restaurant, Amber Waves, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snoopy makes special daily appearances at Amber Waves; check with the restaurant for details.

Amber Waves at Knott's Hlotel.


Recent Hotel Renovations


The hotel recently received many renovations, including updates to the lobby, front desk, meeting and event rooms, and more. I really liked the neutral colors, and beautiful chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the lobby. The lobby’s carpet had just been replaced the day before we arrived, and new, contemporary furniture had just arrived as well. It was really pretty, and super comfortable!

Knott's Berry Farm Hotel Lobby ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Pool, Spa, Children’s Water Play Area and More!


The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel has a pool, spa, fitness center, sports courts, and more. Our kids loved splashing in the pool, and playing the special children’s water play area, which is located right next to the pool. They also enjoyed going in the heated pool after dark, and swimming under the stars.

Knott's Berry Farm Pool Play Area


Snoopy Bedtime Tuck-In Rocks!


The Knott’s Hotel offers a super sweet Snoopy Bedtime Tuck-In, which my husband and I enjoyed just as much as the kids! Snoopy came to our room with another hotel employee just after 8pm, made sure we were ready for him, and tucked the kids in bed for the night. We took some cute pictures, and I even got a little snuggle from Joe Cool as well. The service is only available in 18 select rooms, located in the Snoopy-themed wing. We brought our own plush Snoopy and Woodstock, but guests can receive up to 2 plush Snoopy dolls when staying in one of the special Snoopy-themed rooms. Contact the hotel for details.

Snoopy Tuck-In At The Knott's Berry Farm Hotel ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Portable Cribs and Rollaways Available


Since we were traveling with our baby, I requested a portable crib. They promptly had it delivered to our room, which already had two comfortable Queen size beds. The Pack ‘N Play was clean, and our baby slept well in it. I’m not sure if anyone else in my family noticed, but I thought it was super cute that it matched the decor perfectly! Rollaway beds are also available up request and availability. I think it’s about $15 extra for a rollaway, and I know they’re only available in certain rooms.

Knott's Hotel Room ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Hotel Specials and Packages Available


More information about the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, including the fun Snoopy Bedtime Tuck-In service, plus specials they may be offering can be found on their official website. We really enjoyed the stay, and would love visiting the hotel again when we visit for a seasonal event such as Camp Spooky, or future Park visit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure: We were invited to experience an overnight stay at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. We do not work for, or with any brand mentioned in this article. We were not specifically asked to do a review, but know it fits our reader’s interests, and wanted to share our experience. Our invite was through GigaSavvy, for whom we create original content.

Using FASTPASS At Disneyland and Disney California Adventure


How To Use A Disney FASTPASS

A girlfriend of mine was recently planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and questioned me about FASTPASS. She’d never used one, and was wondering how to obtain and use a FASTPASS at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
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Best Ways To Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure


Beat The Heat At Disney California Adventure

We’re super lucky to have really great weather almost 365 days a year in Southern California. It makes for pretty easy planning when visiting local theme parks. Certain days can be warmer than others, and some summer days are down right HOT. Sometimes we even have odd heat waves at unexpected times of the year. When visiting the Disneyland Resort, we love going to California Adventure. Our favorite ways to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure are below.

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The Disney Animation Building

Our absolute favorite place to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure is the The Disney Animation Building. It’s air conditioned throughout, and you can sit in the lobby and be entertained by illustrations and short videos set to music and recharge. There have been times we’ve spent an hour or more here with one of our little ones sleeping in the jogger, and the rest of us enjoying the atmosphere.

Inside this building you can attend the Animation Academy’s interactive drawing sessions known as The Secrets of Drawing. Each participant receives a pencil and paper, and you have the opportunity to follow along with a Disney artist as they teach you how to draw familiar character. It’s fun, and gives you the opportunity to give yourself a shot at drawing. The session is free, and is short enough for most children to enjoy as well. Even really young ones!

Also within the Animation Building is Turtle Talk with Crush, The Sorcerer’s Workshop, and Character Close-Up. We’ve always enjoyed Turtle Talk with Crush, which is an interactive show with the turtle, Crush. The Sorcerer’s Workshop is fun to walk through, and has some neat hands-on, interactive features. It’s neat to take a few minutes to check out the Character Close-Up while waiting for a Secrets of Drawing session, or before you leave the building.

Disney Junior Live On Stage

Disney Junior Live On Stage is indoors, and lasts about 20 minutes or so. It’s great for younger children, especially those that love the characters from Disney Junior!

Princess Dot Puddle Park

Don’t let the name fool you, boys will love this area too! Located in Bugs Land, the Princess Dot Puddle Park is a great little water park for little kids to get wet! Bring your child’s bathing suit, water proof shoes, and a towel to dry off. We’ve spend hours here playing.

Muppet Vision*3D

Muppet Vision 3D is an indoor show featuring the beloved Muppets! Sometimes there’s a bit of a wait for the show, but once inside, you get to sit in a large waiting area with great air conditioning! I think the performance itself is about 20 minutes, so even if you walk straight into the show you’ll get a nice amount of time to sit in cool air.

It’s Tough to be a Bug

It’s Tough to be a Bug is an interactive show in an air conditioned building within Bug’s Land. Like Muppet Vision*3D, this show may have a little wait in an cool, indoor waiting area. Be forewarned, this show can be a little scary for some young kids.

Indoor Rides

Indoor rides are always a great place to beat the heat. Indoor rides at Disney California Adventure include Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ Over California, Monster’s Inc, The Little Mermaid, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (which I’ve admittedly never ridden!),

The Boudin Bakery Tour

Although it only takes a few minutes to do so, the Boudin Bakery Tour is a nice place to enjoy cool air. It’s pretty educational too! I highly recommend going through it at least one time if you’ve never experienced it.

Indoor Dining

Stopping for a bite to eat inside an air conditioned restaurant is always a great way to recharge. Our personal favorites inside Disney California Adventure are Flo’s V8 Cafe, located in Cars Land, Taste Pilots Grill, located at Condor Flats, and The Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, located at Pacfic Wharf, but there are other indoor dining options as well.

Browsing Gift Shops

Browsing through the gift shops is also a nice way to escape the heat. The gift shops used to be one of my go-to places if both of my first born kids fell asleep in the jogger at the same time. I could easily walk around and browse the shops in the AC while they got their beauty sleep; a bonus for each of us!

Other Stay-Cool Ideas

Other places I would think would be great to cool down would be the indoor show, Disney’s Alladin – A Musical Spectacular. I would think the Grizzly River Run water ride would be refreshing as well. For whatever reason, we’ve never done either, so I cannot give my personal insights, but I’m pretty certain both would be great to beat the heat!

Shopping At Disney ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Check out the Park’s official website for more information about the places we’ve mentioned. Where are your favorite spots to beat the heat at Disney California Adventure? Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our other related post, Planning Your Trip To The Disney California Adventure Park.

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The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’re Disney fans and were pass holders for many years.

Knott’s Rocks Summer 2014 With Renovations and New Entertainment!

Knott's Rocks Summer 2014 ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Knott’s ROCKS Summer 2014!

Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 with renovations to Camp Snoopy, the Calico Mine Co. Ride, and the Knott’s Hotel, PLUS they’ve added some new family entertainment! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the updates first-hand on recent media trips to the Resort, and think all of the renovations and new shows are great! Here are some details of what to expect on a trip to Knott’s during Summer 2014.


Camp Snoopy Celebrates the big 3-0!

Camp Snoopy celebrates 30 years at Knott’s! This area is one of our favorites, with the tall trees, beautiful stream, and fun rides for the little ones. The renovations to this area compliment that which we already love about Camp Snoopy. This area has three new rides, Linus Launcher, Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer, and Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies, all of which look really fun!

Camp Snoopy 2014 ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Camp Snoopy has a brand new, super neat Peanuts® Meet and Greet area. The individual character sections are really cute, and the waiting area is shaded. It’s a great addition to to Camp Snoopy!

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Also added to Camp Snoopy is a shaded rest area, with a small play area as well. It’s a great place to sit and have a snack while overlooking Camp Snoopy. Here you’ll also find a large rock with Charlie Brown and Snoopy carved into it. So cute!

Camp Snoopy At Knott's ~ www.socalwithkids.com

The Camp Snoopy Theatre has an all-new show for Summer 2014, Happy Campers! The show has some of your favorite Peanuts® characters, including Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, and Linus, singing and dancing in an upbeat performance. The show happens at select times each day, so be sure to check the Entertainment and Show Guide (available as you enter the Park) to fit it in your visit.

Happy Campers Show at Camp Snoopy ~ www.socalwithkids.com

Here’s a super cute video showcasing the new, fresh, Camp Snoopy. I love that they show the three new rides. Chloe Noelle, the “KidCaster”, did a great job!


Rockin’ New Ice Skating Show, Snoopy Unleashed!

Snoopy Unleashed, an all-new ice skating show is being performed in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre, located in the Boardwalk are of Knott’s. The skating is top notch, the costumes and set are great, and the music is upbeat and fun. It’s a great place to sit and cool off on a hot summer day. Just like the Happy Campers show, Snoopy Unleashed happens at select times, so check the schedule in advance to make sure you have the opportunity to see it. There are no performances of this show on Wednesdays, and it is set to run 6/14-8/24/14.

Snoopy Unleashed Ice Skating Show ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Updates To The Calico Mine Co. Ride

The Calico Mine Ride, located in the Ghost Town area of Knott’s, has been fully renovated is now reopened! It’s the same ride that park guests have loved since 1960, with new, even more realistic animatronic characters, different lighting and some other neat visual features. The renovations were made by Garner Holt Productions, the same company that renovated the Knott’s Log Ride in 2013. If you’ve never been, now would be a great time to check it out!

Knott's Calico Mine Ride ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Boom Town Show On The Calico Stage

A new high-energy acrobatic and juggling show called Boom Town is scheduled to be performed on the Calico Stage, in Ghost Town from 6/14-8/24/14. It’s a great one to check out before or after riding the Calico Mine Ride. As with the other shows, be sure to check the performance times in advance. This show does not run on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Knott's Boom Town ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Lots of Renovations To The Knott’s Hotel

The Knott’s Hotel has recently had lots of renovations as well. Upgrades have been made to the lobby, front desk, meeting and event spaces, and more. I’d never seen the inside of the hotel prior to the recent work, but love how it presently looks. The interior is decorated in neutral tones with pops of color, and has a warm, comforting feel.

Knott's Hotel Lobby ~ www.socalwithkids.com


Summer Contest, Social Media Sharing and More

Aside from the recently renovated areas, Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 with all the usual family fun, including tons of rides, year-round shows like the Wild West Stunt Show, Mystery Lodge, and the Native American Dancer to name a few. If you’re looking for a Splashing Good Time, Knott’s Soak City, their awesome Water Park, is located just across the street from the Amusement Park.

Knott's Berry Farm ~ www.socalwithkids.com

If you enjoy social media like we do, follow and use the hashtag #KnottsSummer. You can also have some fun participating in the Knott’s Best of Summer Contest, with a chance to win a return trip the theme park. Details can be found HERE.

Calico Mine Ride At Knott's ~ www.socalwithkids.com

More information about how Knott’s rocks Summer 2014 can be found on their website. We plan to take the kids to see the renovations this summer as well. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
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Knott’s Gold Season Pass Makes Summer Cooler With Entry To Soak City OC!


Knott’s Gold Pass Includes Soak City OC!


Float, Slide, and Play at Soak City OC!
Knott’s Soak City is opening for Summer 2014 in just a few short weeks! We loved visiting last year, and have accepted an invitation to visit again. We’ll also be going to Knott’s Berry Farm, and checking out the newly renovated Knott’s Hotel as well. This will be our first time ever staying at the Knott’s Hotel, and we’re excited to experience how easy it is to bounce back and forth between the Parks and the hotel for a fun staycation.

Family Fun At Knott's


~ Knott’s Gold Season Pass Savings ~


If you’re thinking about visiting Knott’s this summer, you might be interested in the savings offered with the Knott’s Gold Season Pass. This pass includes entry to Knott’s, as well as Soak City at no extra cost for 2014. It also includes discounts to the Knott’s Hotel, as well as discounts on food and merchandise at select locations, early ride times, and more! The Knott’s Gold Season Pass is available to both Southern California residents as well as out of town guests for the same price, and the pricing is not very much more than the standard Knott’s Season Pass.

Knott's Soak City OC


~ Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program ~


To make Summer vacation planning even easier, Knott’s is also offering a Knott’s Hotel Vacation Easy Paying Program. The Easy Pay program allows you to book now, and pay later. The cost is spread over four payments, and you can lock in current rates at the time you book.

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~ Soak City Opens May 17th ~


Knott’s Soak City opens for the 2014 season on May 17th, 2014. We’ll be sharing pics and updates via social media (Twitter, Instagram, etc…) live from the Park that day. Check out #SoakCityOC for posts, and share your own with the hashtag when you visit! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Knott's Soak City OC

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Disclosure: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Planning Your Child’s First Visit To Disneyland!


Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland
If you’re like me, planning your child’s first visit to Disneyland is so exciting! The memories you have from your own early visits to The Happiest Place On Earth flood into your mind, thinking about the moment you enter the gates, hearing the whistle of the steam train, and feel the excitement on Main Street. At least that’s how it was for me planning our daughter’s first trip to Disneyland!
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5 Things We Love About Knott’s Berry Bloom!


Knott’s Berry Bloom Is Springtastic!


Knott's Berry Bloom ~ www.socalwithkids.com
We loved going to Knott’s last year for Berry Bloom, their Springtime event, and are excited to be invited back to experience it again this year. When we went a year ago we were amazed at how the Park was transformed by the decor. Huge blooming flower decorations, and beautiful floral chalk drawings were found throughout Knott’s. We visit lots of Southern California theme parks, but hadn’t experienced this level of Spring festivities elsewhere.
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Make Your Own Favorite Family Fun Moments With A Pass To Knott’s!


Favorite Family Fun Moments At Knott’s


Family Fun At Knott's
Over the past year and a half we’ve been fortunate to be invited to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, to share information about events, Park renovations, and special offers on tickets and Season Passes. We’ve loved visiting America’s First Theme Park with the family, and look forward to creating new memories there each visit. Some of our favorite family fun moments at Knott’s include the following:


• Knott’s Berry Bloom •


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Knott’s decorates the Park from head to toe in the Spring for Knott’s Berry Bloom. We absolutely loved watching our kids go from station to station, getting their special event cards stamped, while looking for Snoopy. The decor was fun and colorful, and there were so many great opportunities for us to stop and take fun Springtime photos. Lots of memories made!


• Knott’s Soak City •


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Just across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm is their water park, Knott’s Soak City OC. We loved relaxing down the Lazy River, and playing in the water. Seeing the joy on our daughter’s face as she rose up and down with the waves on Tidal Wave Bay was one of those moments I will never forget.


• Camp Spooky •


Camp Spooky

Our kids are still young, so we’re all about Cheer, Not Fear, at Halloween. Camp Spooky is held in the Camp Snoopy area of Knott’s, which is perfect for the littles. Camp Spooky is decorated in fun seasonal decor, with ample opportunities for fun photos, and they set up treat stations for the kids to trick-or-treat in a safe and fun environment. Visiting Camp Spooky really got us in the Halloween spirit!



• Knott’s Merry Farm •


Merry Farm

From the holiday music played overhead, to the festive decor, to Santa’s Cabin, many of our favorite family fun moments have been made during Knott’s Merry Farm! We’ve loved seeing Snoopy dressed up in his Santa outfit, taking a picture with Jolly St. Nick, and watching the incredible ice skating show. We’ve always left Merry Farm with that warm, Christmas spirit.


• Knott’s New Year’s Eve •


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We’ve celebrated two New Year’s Eves at Knott’s now, one in the daytime, and once we arrived in the evening, and stayed until Midnight! Knott’s NYE is family-friendly, and we’ve loved the party hats, live entertainment, and riding the rides at night. The fireworks were spectacular, lasting over 10 minutes this past New Year’s Eve!


• The Food •


Knott's Cookiewich
From the desserts to Mrs. Knotts’ melt in your mouth biscuits, Knott’s Berry Farm has delicious food! It’s very rare that we leave without buying a Cookiewich, and splitting it amongst the family. They’re our favorite, and very reasonably priced.
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Knott’s Offers Pink Ticket In Support of Susan G. Komen OC


Knott’s Pink Ticket


In suppport of Susan G. Komen Orange County, Knott’s Berry Farm is offering a special Pink Ticket from February 1st – March 31st 2014, to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness, services and research. A portion of each Pink Ticket sold, as well as limited addition Commemorative Pink Merchandise supporting the cause will also be available at the Park through March 31st.
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Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott’s!


Ring In The New Year At Knott's!
It’s amazing that 2013 is already coming to an end. We’re excited to be invited to ring in the New Year at Knott’s Berry Farm! We had a wonderful time celebrating the last day of the year there last year, and look forward to doing so again.
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