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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.
October 18, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
August 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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