CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1995 |
Five animal rights activists protesting the captivity of marine mammals chained themselves to a dolphin swim tank at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, halting a noon dolphin feeding show, park officials and police said. After the protesters had remained chained for about an hour, Buena Park police summoned by security guards arrested them. They were taken to police headquarters and booked on trespassing charges, then released with orders to appear June 29 in Municipal Court in Fullerton.
May 6, 1999 |
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1993 |
Russell Knott leaned back in a chair behind the desk in his unassuming office at Knott's Berry Farm and reminisced about working on the farm--both in the fields and as general manager of the theme park. Knott, 77, also reflected on the city's first tourist attraction, founded by his late parents, Walter and Cordelia, who had settled in Buena Park nearly 74 years ago.
May 13, 1999 |
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.
May 22, 1994 |
As a kid, Darrel Anderson and his cousins were the envy of their peers. After all, how many Orange County kids get to grow up on a farm? And not just any farm. Perhaps the most famous of them all--at least in Southern California. "I got to play in Ghost Town," said Anderson, 49, a Lido Island resident and father of three. Nowadays, though, Anderson and his eight cousins have inherited the responsibility that comes with the fun of Knott's Berry Farm.
October 24, 1991 |
Like a recurring nightmare, Knott's Berry Farm's annual Halloween Haunt returns once more to indulge the darker side of Orange County's psyche. The haunt, which continues through Nov. 2, offers horror fans a graveyard full of fun and frights, including Elvira in her campy shock-rock review "Truth or Scare," eight terror-themed rides and mazes, spooky melodramas and side shows, fortunetellers, and a ghoul-filled ghost town, all in addition to the park's conventional rides and the roller-coasters.
August 22, 2011 |
The new 301-foot-tall WindSeeker tower swing ride at Knott's Berry Farm combines the exhilaration and tranquility a bird must feel soaring amid the clouds. The ever-changing view from the lazily spinning ride provides the perspective of a circling hawk hovering on a thermal updraft. Down below, the bustling freeway traffic and suburban sprawl stretch endlessly to the ocean and mountains and beyond to the horizon as the wind whips your hair. > Photos: WindSeeker at Knott's Berry Farm The oft-delayed ride "soft opened" last week and is expected to make its official debut in the coming days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996 |
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.
January 5, 1993 |
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."