This is a first — at least, its not something Ive encountered before. Plenty of theme parks have introduced installment plans for buying theme park passes.

But Knotts Berry Farm has introduced an installment plan to pay for a hotel room. Knotts Berry Farms Easy Pay Program is, in essence, a layaway program for stays at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel, in that you must complete your four payments before the beginning of your hotel stay.

Photo Credit: Knotts Berry Farm started an unusual scheme to induce hotel stays -- an installment plan. Jeremy Thompson / Flickr.com