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January 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
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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BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the owner of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, reported Tuesday a boost in revenue from visitor spending through the Fourth of July holiday. Cedar Fair, one of the nation's largest regional theme-park operators, took in $456 million over the period, a 5% increase over the same period last year, the company reported. The period through the Independence Day holiday traditionally represents about one-third of the company's full-year revenue. Cedar Fair officials said the higher revenue came from a 2% increase in attendance and a 4% increase in per-capita spending in the parks.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1996 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to shore up flagging attendance, Knott's Berry Farm on Thursday announced plans for the late-March launch of a new thrill ride called the HammerHead, which will send riders plunging and spinning 80 feet toward a grotto filled with sculpted sea creatures. The new ride is part of a multimillion-dollar make-over of the park's faded Roaring '20s section, which will be transformed into a beach-themed area to be renamed the Boardwalk.
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