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March 23, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
With about six months left before Halloween Haunt officially kicks off for 2011, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park has already started planning for the 39th annual event. Knott's will blur the line between nightmare and insanity for its new Delirium maze, which was unveiled during a movie-like trailer shown at the recent West Coast Bash event. Delirium will replace the mediocre Club Blood vampire maze in the Ghostrider warehouse from the 2010 Haunt.
September 26, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It saddens and pains me to say it, but the granddaddy of all Halloween theme park events has gotten tired, old and complacent. After 39 years, Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm looks like a creaky, middle-aged zombie that's lost its will to rise from the grave every night. > Halloween Haunt 2011 preview: Mazes | Shows | Photos I'm not sure whether to blame the malaise on contemptuous familiarity, increased competition or just a slow night on an opening weekend, but the Buena Park theme park that set the bar for haunted attraction excellence has become overrun with interchangeable mazes full of indistinguishable monsters.
April 24, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
After thrilling millions of riders for nearly half a century, a classic Knott's Berry Farm ride isĀ  undergoing a major renovation that will see the addition of about 60 animatronic figures. About 50 engineers, mechanics and artisans at Garner Holt Productions are busy building animatronic lumberjacks, saloon girls, wolves and bears for the Timber Mountain Log Ride. It is to open at the end of May. The San Bernardino-based scenic shop, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of animatronics, has outfitted dark rides at Disney and Universal theme parks around the world over the past decade.
November 2, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park sat out the theme park arms race last summer, when Disney's California Adventure and Universal Studios unveiled new multimillion-dollar attractions to entice visitors. But Knott's showed Thursday that it is still in the chase for new visitors, announcing the addition next summer of two rides and the reintroduction of an attraction that has been in storage for four years. The focus of the new attractions is family entertainment, not extreme thrills, Knott's spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey said.
December 18, 2009 | By Hugo Martín and Tom Petruno
The $2.4-billion buyout of Knott's Berry Farm's parent company by a private equity firm may be a sign of confidence in the future of theme parks, analysts said Thursday. Apollo Global Management agreed late Wednesday to acquire Cedar Fair, the Sandusky, Ohio, company that owns Knott's in Buena Park and 10 other amusement parks, seven water parks and five hotels in the U.S. and Canada. FOR THE RECORD: Knott's takeover: An article in Friday's Business section about Apollo Global Management's buyout of Knott's Berry Farm's parent, Cedar Fair, said the California Public Employees' Retirement System had paid $46 million in fees to Alfred Villalobos, a placement agent working for Apollo.
July 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the owner of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, reported a boost in revenue from visitors spending more at its parks through the Fourth of July holiday period. Cedar Fair, one of the nation's largest regional theme-park operators, took in $456 million, a 5% increase over the same period last year, the company reported Tuesday. The period through the Fourth of July holiday traditionally represents about one-third of the company's full-year revenue.
December 25, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
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.
July 2, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
Orange County is famous for its plunge into bankruptcy, for native son Richard M. Nixon, who plunged from the presidency into Watergate disgrace, and for Disneyland. So if you think about it, it's fitting that the county's tallest structure is a 300-foot Knott's Berry Farm ride that plunges thrill-seekers 30 stories straight down. Descent time: about three seconds. Top speed: more than 50 mph.
April 26, 1990 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
With the Orange County economy remaining strong and most companies paying above-minimum wage, the county's two largest tourist attractions--Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm--are scrambling to get students off the beach and behind the turnstiles. Disneyland spokesman Bob Roth said the park has been actively recruiting at local colleges.
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