Knott's Berry Farm

1,001 Facts, Rumors, and Myths

by Alexa Erekson | Release Date: December 2, 2019 | Availability: Print, Kindle

It All Started with a Berry

Knott’s Berry Farm is full of rich history, thrills, and fun. California’s first theme park actually started as a farm—hence the name. Learn how that farm became a year-round theme park with modern thrill rides and record-breaking attractions.

Disney author Alexa Erekson, of the Disney Till You’re Dizzy book series, takes you on a comprehensive tour around the theme park, Knott’s Soak City, Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, and even the world-famous Knott’s Scary Farm.

  • Did you know that Walter Knott and Walt Disney were great friends? Knott’s Berry Farm helped inspire the creation of Disneyland.
  • Did you know that Knott’s Scary Farm was the first Halloween event at a theme park? Today, it is still one of the most popular in the world.
  • Did you know that most thrill rides at Knott’s are record-breaking in some way? Corkscrew was the first upside-down roller coaster ever (and it went upside-down TWICE!). Today, HangTime is California’s first infinity coaster.

Nearly 1,000 more fun facts about Knott's Berry Farm await!

Table of Contents

Knott’s Berry Farm: The Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm: The Theme Park

Ghost Town

Fiesta Village

Camp Snoopy

The Boardwalk

Knott’s Roller Coasters

Knott’s Soak City

Knott’s Merry Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm

Calico Ghost Town

Alexa Erekson

Alexa Erekson was born in Henderson, Nevada, to a devout Mormon family. Disneyland has always been her favorite place; as a child, she visited the park sometimes more than five times a year. She discovered her love for Disney facts when she was a teenager. She realized that learning cool things about Disney helped her escape her trials even for just a little while.

At twenty years old, Alexa become ill with idiopathic gastroparesis, a disabling chronic illness. She had to quit her job and drop out of college. Learning Disney facts once again became a refuge from the emotional toll of her illness.

One night, her husband suggested she compile some of her facts into a book. When she was skeptical, he told her to first try writing as many facts as she could that night and then see how she felt about it the next day. After just two hours, she had written down over 250 facts without research. Every day after that, she kept researching and fact checking, continuing to write down Disney facts until she reached over 1,000. Thus her first book, Disney Till You’re Dizzy: 1,001 Facts, Rumors, and Myths about the Disneyland Resort, was born.

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