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May 13, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
At Knott's Berry Farm's Cinco de Mayo debacle promoted by KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees, the rowdy youths were mainly outside the park--those who didn't get in on the 5-cent admission. But a similar promotion at Disneyland for Halloween in 1994 produced not only horrifying gridlock, brawls and frustrated customers outside the Magic Kingdom but a crime wave inside. "It was a nightmare," recalled Deena Ipolito, a sales clerk at the Emporium on Main Street that day.
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January 18, 2011 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut, who helped turn Knott's Berry Farm into a modern amusement park by designing and building two of its signature attractions, the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride, has died. He was 92. Hurlbut died Jan. 5 at his home in Buena Park, Knott's said. No cause of death was given. Over the years he designed and built several rides for Knott's, as well as a replica of the Liberty Bell, crack included, for the park's replica of Independence Hall.
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September 14, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two animal rights protesters who chained themselves to the dolphin tank at Knott's Berry Farm last year were found guilty of trespassing Friday in Municipal Court in Fullerton. Gina Lynn, 24, of Costa Mesa and her mother, Sherry Trapp, 55, of Buena Park contend they were only trying to educate the public about mistreatment of dolphins at the amusement park when they staged their protest in May 1995.
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January 5, 1993 | DENNIS ROMERO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Destructo is riding high. He's at the apex of the Knott's Berry Farm Timber Mountain log ride, pinned in a fiberglass tree trunk by a gaggle of screaming girls. It's his birthday, it's 2:30 a.m. New Year's day, and this is his party for 17,254 paying guests--the largest rave yet held in the United States. When he mentioned rave two years ago, he says, "Nobody would listen, not even my mom and dad."
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May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
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October 12, 1989 | KENNETH WILLIAMS, Kenneth Williams is an editorial assistant in Calendar for The Times Orange County Edition.
Before it was all over, my clothes were a tattered confusion of shredded rags. The left side of my face was a purplish-black swollen mass of ruptured skin. A heavy, black three-inch bolt protruded from my cheek and jagged flaps of torn, blackened flesh oozed sticky rivulets of half-congealed blood. If this sounds like a typical Saturday night scene at the local trauma center, guess again.
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December 30, 1997 | DARYL STRICKLAND, Daryl Strickland covers tourism and small and minority business issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5670 and at daryl.strickland@latimes.com
Mickey Mouse Jr. has outdistanced the original Mickey. Disneyland, the Anaheim theme park, has slipped from its perch as the continent's most popular theme park, surpassed by The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. An estimated 17 million people visited the Magic Kingdom, up 23%, versus 14.2 million at Disneyland, down 5%, or about 700,000 people, according to Amusement Business, a Nashville-based trade journal. Disneyland's attendance declined for a couple of reasons.
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November 3, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Knott's Berry Farm has frozen the wages of its 3,000 employees because of projections of continued poor attendance, officials said Monday. The attraction, a Buena Park landmark since the 1930s, informed its workers in meetings and a subsequent letter that, for an indefinite time, no raises will be granted. The wage freeze, the first in recent memory, took effect Sunday and applies to all employees, including top management.
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May 3, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal/OSHA has ordered Knott's Berry Farm to improve the hand signals used to operate its train ride after a January accident that trapped a Calico Railroad conductor under the 250-ton steam engine. State investigators issued the special order this week, concluding their three-month probe into the Jan. 27 accident, Cal/OSHA spokesman Dean Fryer said.
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February 27, 1993 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surprised by objections to a new admissions policy that limited children's discounts based on height, Knott's Berry Farm said Friday that it will again take most young customers at their word when it comes to proof of age. "Effective immediately, Knott's Berry Farm children's admission price applies to all children ages 3 to 11," said Bill Dayton, vice president of marketing, in a prepared statement released at the Buena Park restaurant and amusement park.
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