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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.
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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.
October 22, 1997 |
In some ways, the Knott family has served as a sort of First Family for Orange County, weaving themselves into the very fabric of the landscape with their involvement in politics, community affairs and charity events. While family members will point to more "prominent" clans, the Knott brood was one of a kind. Beginning with Walter and Cordelia Knott, the family and its world-famous amusement park helped place Orange County solidly on the map.
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.
August 1, 2012 |
Knott's Berry Farm will add five new mazes for Halloween Haunt 2012, including an up-charge VIP maze that promises to substantially increase the scare-quotient from years past. Photos: Halloween Haunt 2012 at Knott's Berry Farm The 40th annual Knott's Scary Farm will start on Sept. 21 and run on select nights through Oct. 31. The granddaddy of Halloween events will feature 13 mazes and four scare zones scattered throughout the Buena Park theme park. As part of the 40th anniversary celebration, Knott's entertainment supervisor Jeff Tucker promises higher quality mazes with more scares and better set decorations.
January 3, 2013 |
Another classic Southern California theme park attraction is undergoing a major overhaul. Knott's Berry Farm's Timber Mountain Log Ride will close for five months, starting this month, for a renovation of the ride's automated figures and sets and to add new scenes and characters. The log ride, which opened in 1969, is housed in an eight-story building. Riders on log vehicles float in 24,000 gallons of water and glide past mechanical figures and taxidermied animals before dropping down a 42-foot free fall.
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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."