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Knotts Berry Farm Birthday Parties
Snoopy visits YOU at your Knott's Camp Snoopy birthday!
If there are Snoopy-lovers in your family, what could be more fun for them than having their birthday parties at Knotts Berry Farm? Unfortunately, there's some bad news on this topic...but there is also some GOOD news, too.
What's the bad news? Knott's Berry Farm has quit holding the officially-hosted birthday parties that were held in the Camp Snoopy area of the park for many years. There was a party room called "Lucy's Lunch Box," and families could reserve this area for eating their birthday meal and opening presents. That facility isn't available any more.
So, what's the GOOD news, then? Knott's Park is still a festive place to hold a birthday. Furthermore, you'll still be able to get special pricing for your birthday party...just as long as there are 15 or more people who will be attending and who will be purchasing tickets. On this page, you'll discover the information you need to throw together a lively and successful birthday party at the Knotts Berry Farm theme park.
Camp Snoopy Birthday Party PackagesTo reiterate the sad news:Knotts Berry Farm has discountinued its birthday party packages. Here are the facts you need to know (in order to console yourself and bring some hope to the situation---
A.) Question: WHY were the parties discontinued? The prices were reasonable, the location was cute, and it was so very convenient!
The answer might possibly provide the key for even BETTER birthday parties. The reason is because Lucy's Lunch Box is out...and the new Grizzly Creek Lodge Restaurant is in! Same building, same location...except that the restaurant is now much bigger than the little party room called Lucy's Lunch Box. The entire main floor is occupied with the restaurant, plus there is also patio dining in view of the scenic Grizzly Creek Falls.
The new restaurant greatly expands your dining options. In place of the old burger-and-soda lunch, you can make a choice from sandwiches, salads, pizza...or yes, there's still burgers. And yes, there are still Coke-branded soft drinks, too. But in addition, you'll have choices such as milk, juice and coffee. There are also value-priced kids meals, as well. In short, you can still have your birthday meal in this attractive building in the heart of Camp Snoopy. But you'll have an expanded menu. You won't have a party room, but you'll still be able to stake out a large table (or several tables) where your group can sit together. (Of course, you'll have even more privacy if you dine at an hour when there's no lunch or supper rush.)
Putting together your own Knott's birthday party
Question: How do you get discounted ticket prices as cheaply as with the old Knott's birthday party package?
Because now, you'll qualify for the Knott's group rates! What are the requirements for this? You'll need at least 15 people in your group. That means, 15 people who are NOT Knott's passholders, because you'll need to purchase 15 tickets in total in order to qualify for Knott's group rates.
Question: Where and how do you purchase Knott's group tickets? It can be just as easy as buying regular theme park tickets. You simply go to the "group sales" page and purchase the tickets directly from Knotts.com. Here's a link to the Knott.com Youth Group Sales page where you can make the purchase when you're ready.
There's a green button on the lefthand side of the page that says "buy now." Click it, then you'll be taken to a pop-up page that lets you make your ticket purchase at the current group rates. You will need a printer, since these are print-at-home tickets.
How do group ticket prices compare with the old birthday party rates? At present, these tickets are the same price as the old party tickets for adults. However, the food is no longer included....and the minimum is now 15 people instead of ten. So, the sticker price isn't going to be cheap. But then, it never was, really. A day at a major theme park for a large group just isn't.
Some of the hassles of this system are the same as with the old party system. You still need to have an exact head-count before you book, because there aren't any refunds for guests who don't show up at the last minute. You also still need to plan ahead, because you can't get group ticket rates at the park's ticket booths. And you still need to pay all at once with one credit card or PayPal account; individual guests can't buy their own tickets separately, in other words.
A big "plus," however, is that you no longer need to pre-reserve the party room (since you won't be using one.) Also, if you need to change the party's date or time after you buy the tickets, it's no big deal. The tickets are good for the rest of the year and can be used any time between the park's opening and closing.
Question: So, is the the Grizzly Creek Lodge the best choice for the birthday meal? It can be, especially if your child is young. Most of the park's rides for the 7-and-under crowd are located in the Camp Snoopy section of the theme park. You'll miss a few if you stay there...such as the merry-go-round or the Ghost Town exhibits. But not everyone wishes to herd, say, a group of toddlers around the park. If you eat at the Grizzly Creek Lodge, then you'll never need to leave the Camp Snoopy area. The kids can ride their favorites over & over again. Nobody will get lost or have sore feet afterwards.
Other restaurants in the park have better food, however. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant has always been a favorite with our readers, and it's just outside the park's front gates. Same for TGIFriday's, which you'll find across from Mrs. Knott's in the California Marketplace area. Another favorite is Johnny Rocket's Restaurant in the "Boardwalk" themed area. Not being tied to a party room any longer gives you options that you didn't have before. You can even save money by eating the meal at home before or after your time at the theme park.
Other tips for planning an "unofficial" Knotts Birthday Party
Question: My child was looking forward to having Snoopy visit his party. Now that will no longer be possible, right?
No, Snoopy won't be making personal visits to birthday parties any more. However, once again, there's good news. Knott's theme park now has a permanent area for character meet-and-greets. (Snoopy just used to walk around randomly. Seeing him was a matter of chance.) The greeting area is right inside Camp Snoopy, so you won't have far to go.
One benefit of using the greeting area (instead of having Snoopy at your party) is that it solves a big problem. Technically, Snoopy was supposed to greet ONLY the birthday child. This would leave other kids at the party disappointed if the rules weren't bent a little. With the meet 'n greet system, each child at the party can have their own hug and picture with Snoopy. Other characters are sometimes available at the meet 'n greets, as well.
Snoopy party invitations, favor bags, etc, aren't always easy to find around town. But you can find them easily online. PartyCity.com usually carries them. Ebay is another source. If you are planning a meal or cake ceremony at home, it's also good to know that you can find Peanuts character tablecloths, plates and cups at PartyCity.com, Ebay and other sources online.
Favor bags, balloons, etc.: You probably know this, but it's not a good idea to pass out favors or treats before entering the park. Outside food and merchandise is not allowed.
Snoopy Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes
Question: We used to enjoy the Snoopy-themed birthday cake that came with one of the party packages. Now, how do we find a Snoopy cake?
You can buy a Snoopy birthday cake or cupcakes at the Knott's Bakery, just outside of the turnstiles in the "California Marketplace" section of the park. So, just because you'll be holding an "unofficial" birthday party doesn't mean you'll have to do without an official Snoopy cake! You may wish to visit the bakery early in the day to get the best selection. Ordering ahead is another idea to make sure that a Snoopy cake is available on the day you need it. The phone number is 714/220-5094.
The Knott's Berry Farm Bakery also offers other types of birthday cakes from which you may choose. Both Snoopy cakes AND birthday cakes without Snoopy are available (in case you're holding the party for an older child.) In addition, you'll find cakes which don't have a birthday theme at all (in case your party is for some other special occasion.) Pies, cookies and some types of breads are also sold in the bakery.
Snoopy cupcakes are also available at the Knott's Bakery. These are reasonably priced, and come in a choice of either chocolate or vanilla. These cute cupcakes are another good party option.
Well, as you can tell by the pictures of Snoopy cupcakes (from Knott's Bakery) to your left & right, the Snoopy design on the top of the cupcake is made via a build-up of white frosting. Therefore, if you have experience with cake decorating, you could make your own favorite type of cupcake and then add a similar Snoopy face. Google Images shows a ton of other ideas that people have used for their cupcakes if you don't like the design that Knott's uses.
But, to make the Knott's style, first, you would choose your favorite icing and frost the cake normally. You would then build up the Snoopy face from white icing on the top of the pre-frosted cake or cupcake. With a bit of practice, your Snoopy will look just fine! Chocolate icing is then applied with a thin cake decorating tip to simulate Snoopy's eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Cute & colorful decorative sprinkles can also be applied to the top of the cake or cupcake to give a festive, exciting appearance to the finished dessert.
Snoopy cake pans: Wilton is the company famous for making cake pans in cute character shapes. Their website isn't currently selling Snoopy cake pans...but that doesn't mean you can't buy one elsewhere. There are usually Snoopy cake pans for sale every day of the year on the Ebay auction website. You can also find Peanuts character cake-toppers...or even colorful Peanuts mini-flags for your cake.
While you're planning your child's birthday party, you may want to browse through the following pages of this website for further info---
1.) Camp Snoopy Themed Area: You'll see pictures and read descriptions of the kiddie rides and attractions at Knotts.
2.) Mrs. Knotts Restaurant: If you're planning to host an "unofficial" party, you may wish to dine in the park's restaurant that's been a favorite for several generations!
3.) Other Knotts Restaurants: You'll get info about both the Johnny Rockets and TGIFriday's restaurants at Knotts Berry Farm, plus learn about other snacking options.
Knotts Camp Snoopy Store
Whether holding a birthday party at Knotts...or not...Snoopy fans should remember that there's plenty of Peanuts-themed merchandise at the theme park!
It can be hard to find a good assortment of Peanuts and Snoopy items. But Knotts Berry Farm has a wonderful assortment of things that any Peanuts enthusiast will enjoy looking at. Peanuts tee shirts, Snoopy and Peanuts stuffed animals (such as the one you see in the photo to your left,) seasonal decorations---inluding Christmas ornaments, and all sorts of miscellaneous items from toys to magnets to drinking mugs.
The great thing about the Snoopy Store in Knott's California Marketplace is that you can visit any time...whether you're visiting the theme park or not. There's no admission charge to the California Marketplace, and there's FREE parking, too! (If you can't find a parking spot on the street right by the Snoopy Store, there's a large parking lot by the entrance to TGIF Restaurant.)
But, even if you've been to the theme park, the Snoopy Store in California Marketplace is worth checking out. It's bigger than the Peanuts store inside the park. And, the fact that it gets less business means that items which may be temporarily out of stock inside the park are plentiful in the California Marketplace. (For example, the cute Halloween Snoopy stuffed animal was sold out inside the park on the day I bought the one in the picture. At the Snoopy Store outside Knott's main gate, there were plenty of them!)
Even if you don't have kids (and, therefore, you won't be visiting the Camp Snoopy area of Knotts Berry Farm) the Peanuts store is easy to reach. It's right at the entrance to Camp Snoopy! You don't have to pass a bunch of kiddie rides to get to it.
This is a convenient store for guests coming to Knott's Berry Farm birthday parties, as well. If you haven't had time to get to the store for the birthday child's present...no problem.There are plenty of cute gifts right inside the park!
Do you want to see more Knott's Berry Farm pictures? Simply use the teal-colored button, and you'll embark on a circle-tour of Knott's Berry Farm pages...and you'll end up right back HERE!