September 28 - 29

Knottā€™s Scary Farm with MiceChat

I attend my first amusement park Halloween event at the famed Knott's Scary Farm down in Buena Park along with my friend Jim. They were the first park to do a Haunt during the Halloween season, now almost every amusement park incorporate similar seasonal attractions. This weekend was a special MiceChat Event (MiceChat is a Disney and theme park website), where they invited ACE members as well.

I almost didn't get a chance to attend since I was 'waitlisted' for the entire event, but was able to squeak in at the last minute. On Saturday the 28th, Jim and I took an early Virgin America flight from San Jose to LAX and then drove to Buena Park. We arrived too early to check in so we had a light lunch at Fuddruckers. The event registration was at 3pm but the hotel check in wasn't until 4pm, but we were able to hang out at the hotel pool until registration. We were able to check into our room before event registration. After we had our badges we took a behind the scene maze tour of the new "Gun Slinger's Grave". After our tour we have a fabulous buffet dinner with special guest speakers from Mice Chat, the original maze designer (from 41 years ago) and a current maze designer.

We entered the park at 6pm. Jim and I promptly took off on our own. We rode "The Witch's Keep" (Calico Mine Train), and then the newly refurbished Log Ride. Then we rode Xcelerator before entering our first maze, "Black Magic". This was my first maze and a fun experience which started with a sceance Skeleton Key Bonus Room. Afterwards we rode the new "Coast Rider" coaster. Later that evening Jim did the "Trapped" experience. With the Fright Lane pass we were able to see ALL the mazes. We saw the funny "The Hanging" live show (they hung Miley Cyrus), the eerie "Possessed" show and the musical "Elvira Sinema Seance". We ended the night with a ride on Ghostrider. What a fun evening.

Sunday we had brunch at Denny's before heading back to the airport and back home.

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  • Hanging out at the pool at the Knott's Hotel

  • Hanging out at the pool at the Knott's Hotel

  • Our tour of Gunslinger's Grave in front of the Skeleton Key Room

  • A poor victim

  • Lose an arm?

  • Just hanging around?

  • Got a back scratch?

  • That drink is nothing to loose your head over

  • The buffet at the Chicken restaurant... YUM...TONS of food

  • A lot of food to consume... I'll be STUFFED

  • Out table guests trying to spook us

  • An evil doll gives us a visit

  • The tall drop ride at Knotts

  • Waiting to enter the park an hour early

  • The freaks come out early

  • Demented ghouls everywhere

  • These women are scary

  • Evil clowns lurk to scary unweary guests

  • On Calico Mine train (The Witches Keep)

  • The entrance to our first maze, Black Magic

  • Twin pig women fighting amoungst the Hanging crowd

  • The hilarous Hanging show where they hung Miley Cyrus

  • The entrance to the Trick Or Treat maze

  • Jim and I at the Elvira show

  • Let the Elvira show begin

  • Elvira sing and dances for the guests

  • Elvira seeks an unweary man for a seance

  • More singing and dancing

  • More singing and dancing

A couple of snipets from Elvira's 12:30am show.