September 26, 2011 |
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.
March 23, 2011 |
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.
July 10, 2012 |
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.
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.
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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.
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.