Iconic California amusement park now requires adults to supervise visitors 17 or younger after several fights broke out recently

  • Knott’s Berry Farm now requires adults to accompany minors visiting the California amusement park.

  • The change in policy comes after multiple fights involving teenagers broke out there, causing the park to close early.

  • Knott’s says guests 17 or younger found without an adult attendant will be “subject to eviction.”

A California amusement park now requires adults to accompany visitors under the age of 17 after several fights broke out recently forcing the park to close early.

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park updated its rules this week.

“For decades, Knott’s Berry Farm has been a place where families and friends gather to enjoy our one-of-a-kind park,” Knott’s said in the update. “Millions of guests rely on us for their daily dose of wholesome family fun, and we are committed to delivering on that promise in the future.”

Policy requires that on Fridays and Saturdays, all guests 17 or younger must be accompanied by an attendant 21 or older. Accompanying persons must stay with their group, cannot be accompanied by more than three minors and must be reachable by telephone.

Minors found unaccompanied may be expelled.

The policy applies to all ticket and season pass holders at Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Water Park. The policy went into effect on Friday and will remain so until further notice.

The change follows a weekend of fights involving several teenagers at Knott’s, leading to the park closing several hours earlier.

“On Saturday night the decision was made to close the park 3 hours early due to unruly behavior and altercations involving a number of teenagers,” Knott’s said at the time. “This behavior did not align with our park values ​​and was not the experience we want any guest to have while visiting Knott’s Berry Farm.”

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Harold B. McConnell