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September 21, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
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.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 8, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
State investigators have conducted an initial investigation of a roller coaster accident at Knott's Berry Farm that injured 10 riders, theme park officials said. All the injured riders were released from the hospital Friday, the day after the Pony Express horseback-style launch coaster failed to make it up an incline and rolled back into the loading station, slamming into another train waiting to depart, said Jennifer Blazey, spokeswoman for the Buena Park theme park.
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Knott's Berry Farm will add three new shows for Halloween Haunt 2011, according to theme park officials. > Halloween Haunt 2011 haunted mazes and scare zones The 39th annual Knott's Scary Farm will take place Wednesday through Sunday evenings from Sept. 23 through Oct. 31 (except for Sept. 28). The granddaddy of Halloween events will feature 13 mazes, four scare zones and seven shows throughout the Buena Park theme park. New shows for 2011: > "Putz Prank Party" - Prop comedian Marty Putz on the Wagon Camp stage.
BUSINESS
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.
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
April 24, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
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.
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.
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