Theme Parks

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Theme Park For Outdoor Tasting Event

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Since the early days of the pandemic, theme parks have shuttered their turnstiles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them was popular Southern California-based Knott’s Berry Farm.

Now, months later Knott’s is reopening their doors. At least partially.

In specific, the theme park will be hosting a Taste of Calico food and beer event. Held only on weekends through the end of July, the Ghost Town section of the theme park will reopen for guests to walk around and eat their way through some of Knott’s new culinary offerings, as well as shop.

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

In early May, Knott’s reopened their fried chicken storefront for take-out only after being shut down since March. Now, guests will essentially have access to all the park’s food offerings.

This new menu includes dishes like Boysenberry Elote, Boysenberry Sausage on a bun, Boysenberry Steak Chili, Boysenberry stuffed churros, Mac n Cheese Bites, Pastrami Sandwiches, and Samosas.

With Knott’s announcement of Taste of Calico, we’ve wondered if it really is the right time to reopen their doors, especially with Governor Newsom’s order of closing down businesses to slow the spread of the pandemic only days ago.

Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

To address health and safety concerns, Knott’s announced a plethora of safety measures that adhere to CDC guidelines ahead of the event. Here are essential safety measures the theme park stated will be taking during this re-opening period:

  • Admission will be limited each day to ensure physical distancing
  • Upon arrival, guests will be asked to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
  • All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Calico or the Knott’s California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while eating.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets.
  • Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing.
  • Seating will be spaced out throughout the Taste of Calico event footprint
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area.
  •  All associates are screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work.
  • Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene.Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations.
  • Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity. Queue lines outside of store locations with six-foot markers are present where applicable.
Photo courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm

Those interested in attending this event will need to order tickets ahead of time online through the Knott’s website.

The event will take place on July 17-19 and the following weekend July 24-26. Event hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 8pm.

Knott’s Taste of Calico opens the same day as Disneyland’s projected reopening date of July 17, which given the current state of things isn’t going to happen any time soon.

Recipes Sweets Theme Parks

Disney Just Released Their Famous GREY STUFF Dessert Recipe

Photo courtesy of Debi Harbin/Disneyland Resort

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been back at Disneyland and we’ve been craving their treats and sweets for what feels like ages. Not too long ago, Disney released their famous churro recipe for everyone to enjoy at home. Now, another famous dessert has been released from the vault.

Disney Parks Blog has now shared their recipe for the famous Grey Stuff, made famous in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dessert is a sort of pudding known for its soft and crunchy texture and unique grey visual.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies
  • Edible sugar pearls

Here’s what to do:

Add milk into large mixing bowl and toss in instant vanilla pudding mix, whisking for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm. Blend the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor until it’s pureed, then fold that puree into the pudding mix. Stir thoroughly. Add the whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding, stir thoroughly and refrigerate for an hour. Finally, spoon the grey stuff into a piping bag (your choice of tip) and pipe the grey stuff onto your cookies. Finish them off with sugar pearl toppings.

Sounds pretty magical and straightforward, folks. You can also find a printable copy of the recipe here, which has been modified a bit from what’s served in the parks for a smaller portion.

Theme Parks

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Their Famous Fried Chicken Restaurant For Take Out

Knott’s Berry Farm’s fried chicken is finally returning, and lovers of arguably the best theme park fried chicken around are seriously rejoicing. The Buena Park, CA, theme park is probably best known for three things: The Peanuts Gang, Boysenberries, and baller fried chicken.

MiceChat reports that Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will be re-opening their “Chicken-To-Go” starting May 6 for takeout orders.

Sadly, the theme park is still closed due to the pandemic, but Knott’s is bringing back their ever-popular fried chicken to anyone willing to drive to Buena Park, CA. All you’ll have to do is call ahead to place your order, enter through the market place parking lot (off Crescent Ave) and a parking attendant will point you towards where you can get your fried chicken.


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Options include full fried chicken meal buckets (sides included), snack boxes, individual sides, and desserts.

While MiceChat says you’re only able to take phone order through this number (714-220-5083), online ordering will be coming very soon.

You can find the small storefront shop directly next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Just note that protective face masks are required to enter the Knott’s Berry Farm facility. Be safe and get that fried chicken, everyone!.

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Disneyland Is Selling Donut Mouse Ears That Look Good Enough To Eat


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We’ve seen some cool ears come out of Disneyland’s merchandising, but these might just be the most eye-catching. At least for a donut lover. While they aren’t edible, the magical theme park is kicking off 2019 strong with the addition of new Minnie Mouse Donut Ears that look tasty enough to dunk into a cup of hot coffee.

Instagrammer Jennifer Stowell, AKA @jollypoppins7, discovered this vibrant new headband at the Emporium on Main Street in the main Disneyland park.

The headband features a bright pink color with two pink sprinkle donuts sitting on top as ears, packaged together with a blue bow. Kind of the perfect gift for a donut-loving Disney fiend.

Photo and feature image courtesy of Jennifer Stowell

Before tax, the ears should cost about $27.99, the influencer reports. Though if you’re an annual pass holder, I’m sure you’ll be able to get a bit of a discount.

Man, I may have to renew my pass soon. Really missing out on all this Disney news coming in.

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Today I Learned Knott’s Berry Farm’s Starbucks Has A Secret Menu Boysenberry Frappuccino

Photo: Knott’s Berry Farm

When I think of Knott’s Berry Farm, I think of two things: the Peanuts Gang and boysenberries. Boysenberries are so lush at Knott’s Berry Farm that the theme park even throws an annual Boysenberry festival highlighting menu items that feature the fruit.

Exclusive to the theme park, Knott’s Starbucks has been offering a Boysenberry Frappuccino for a few years now. According to CP Food Blog, the idea for the beverage came from the 2015 Boysenberry Festival where the park’s Gourmet Coffee Hut (which sold Starbucks product) experimented with the drink. A few years later, when Knott’s got their official Starbucks, the drink became a secret-menu item that guests could order.

Made with pureed boysenberries, the drink combines Starbucks’ signature Frappuccino blend with the sweet tartness of the purple berries.

Photo: Theme Park Duo

With all the times we’ve been to Knott’s, I’ve never thought of seeking out a Boysenberry Frappuccino at their Starbucks. Throwing this on my must-try list the next time I’m at the theme park.

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We Held A Great Feast At Harry Potter World’s ‘Three Broomsticks’

Attention all you witches and wizards out there hungry for some magic. Prepare to gorge on the most lavish platter of luscious meats and vegetables the Wizarding World has ever seen.

Surely this must be some kind of sorcery.

We were invited to the Three Broomsticks restaurant, located at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood, to join in on the Great Feast.

The Great Feast Platter featured succulent meats of roasted chicken and BBQ spareribs, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, and a garden salad. Each platter feeds a wizard family of four, with an additional charge to add a lingering Muggle or two.

So as your arms burn with the righteous pain of the Dark Mark, eat and strengthen yourselves for what’s to come.

Voldemort is returning to power and he’ll need as many brave witches and wizards available to join his noble cause.

Also, don’t forget to wash down your meal with plenty of Butter Beer.

Cravings Culture Features

We Experience A Magical Street Food Crawl At Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

What could make the most magical place on Earth a bit more magical? Street food and booze, in our humble opinion.

Disneyland’s annual Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure theme park is booming and guests are able to indulge themselves in spellbinding dishes that’ll bring the most powerful king and the poorest pauper together for a meal.

A few of us Disney lovers hopped into the park to check out some of the best things the Food & Wine Festival had to offer. To say it was a good work day would be such an huge understatement.

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The annual celebration that features California-inspired small plates, desserts, and wines has been expanded to feature nearly twice as many food booths as the previous year.

Mouthwatering dishes from the 15 Festival Marketplaces include Maple Bacon Macaroni and Cheese, Pork Belly Adobo Baos, Sliders, Jackfruit Carnitas Banh Mi Nachos, Macarons, and Whoopie Pies.

Let’s also not forget there’s tons of wines.

Photo: Peter Pham

Aside from simply food and wine — though that’s pretty much all it took to win us over — the Food & Wine Festival holds culinary demonstrations, wine education seminars, live music, and sells limited-time festival merchandise.

Make sure to check out Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival before it ends on April 16. Unless you don’t mind waiting another year to partake in the magical festivities.

Once the festival ends, make sure to consult our Disneyland food guide to check out some of the best things to eat at the two California theme parks.

Photo: Brayden Curtis
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Boysenberry Pizza Is Knott’s Berry Farm’s Newest Slice Of Genius

Southern California residents will recognize this time of year as the iconic Boysenberry Festival from Knott’s Berry Farm. The Orange County-based theme park, farm for berries, is home to every kind of boysenberry food product you can think of.

Each year, Knott’s adds a cornucopia of boysenberry-themed items to celebrate the festival and fill guests stomachs with before they brave the rides. This year, however, Knott’s released possibly one of their craziest new items yet: a Boysenberry Pizza.

The pie features a boysenberry cream cheese sauce topped with diced chunks of Black Forest ham, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and arugula. It is then topped with a drizzle of Boysenberry Sriracha sauce and some sliced almonds.

Guests can find the sweet and savory pie at Wagon Wheel Pizza.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival begins April 1 through April 23. Check out the video above to see all the other mouthwatering boysenberry items the festival will offer.

Disclaimer: Knott’s Berry Farm has sponsored Foodbeast content in the past, though not for this piece.