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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 1986 | LYNN O'DELL
Live country music, cocktails and fried chicken dinners make up a summer country party today at Knott's Berry Farm that will benefit the Orange County Trauma Society. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Jeffries Barn in Ghost Town and include reserved seating at Knott's new ice show starring Olympic gold medalist Robin Cousins.
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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