September 21, 2012 |
The parent company of Knott's Berry Farm has temporarily closed all the WindSeeker tower swings in the amusement park chain after the thrill rides stranded visitors hundreds of feet in the air for hours at a time this summer. Cedar Fair, which operates a dozen amusement parks in North America, will conduct an internal review to determine why the safety systems have activated on the $5-million Windseeker rides at parks in California, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada. "Safety is our No. 1 priority, and the company will not open a WindSeeker ride until an internal review has been completed," Cedar Fair announced in a statement.
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.
October 18, 2010 |
Knott's Berry Farm has reopened a roller coaster involved in an accident that injured 10 riders after making adjustments to the ride following an initial state investigation, officials of the Buena Park theme park said. The Pony Express launch-style coaster failed to make it up an incline on Oct. 7 and rolled back into the loading station, slamming into another train waiting to depart. All the injured riders were released from the hospital the day after the accident.
April 24, 2013 |
After thrilling millions of riders for nearly half a century, a classic Knott's Berry Farm ride is 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.
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.
July 2, 1998 |
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 |
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.
November 25, 1998
Continuing to expand under new owner Cedar Fair, Knott's Berry Farm plans to add a separate attraction with water slides and a wave pool next to its Independence Hall replica, sources familiar with the project said. The proposal, which is about to be finalized, envisions the water park opening in 2000 on what is now a parking lot. It would compete with Raging Waters in San Dimas, the region's oldest and most successful water park, and Wild Rivers in Irvine.
June 10, 1990
Robin Hall has been appointed vice president of design and architecture for Knott's Berry Farm, a newly created position at the Buena Park amusement park. Hall joined Knott's in 1982 as manager of design and became director of design and planning in 1988. Previously, he was art director at Magic Mountain, and art director and chairman of the architecture committee at Newhall Land and Farming Co.