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January 7, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Knott's Berry Farm has chosen a new location for its 2011 swing tower, pushing back the debut of the $5-million thrill ride to mid-summer while at the same time preserving one of the park's aging landmarks. The 301-foot-tall WindSeeker spinning swing ride, which was scheduled to replace the 225-foot-tall Sky Cabin gyro observation tower in the Boardwalk section of the Buena Park theme park, will now be built in the Fiesta Village area between a 100-year-old carousel and the Jaguar roller coaster, Knott's officials confirmed.
December 20, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Knott's Berry Farm has quietly begun offering a fee-based, line-cutting pass for some of its most popular roller coasters and thrill rides. The $40 Hate to Wait front-of-line pass made its debut in early December after a test run during the Buena Park theme park's Halloween Haunt event in October, officials said. Sold at a kiosk just inside the main entrance, the optional line-cutting pass more doubles the $35 cost of admission to Knott's (for advance tickets purchased online)
November 3, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Sylvia Mesa's knees ache and stiffen after hours of serving plates of drumsticks and mashed potatoes at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant in Buena Park. Then after spending most of the day on her feet, the veteran waitress gets on her bike and rides two miles to the apartment she shares with her daughter and granddaughter. The bike is one of several money-saving tactics she uses to make ends meet on the modest salary she has collected at the restaurant for the last 35 years.
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.
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.
October 5, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After 38 consecutive Halloween Haunts , little changes year in and year out at Knott's Berry Farm . To be certain, Knott's remains the king of the Halloween mountaintop until another theme park knocks it off. The annual event in Buena Park has grown so large — with 13 mazes, seven shows, three scare zones and 1,000 monsters — that you simply can't see everything in one evening. By comparison, Universal Studios Hollywood offers only five movie-studio-quality mazes at Halloween Horror Nights.
April 28, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
A state investigation found that a 2009 roller coaster accident that injured two riders at Knott's Berry Farm could have been prevented with proper maintenance, casting blame on both the theme park and the ride manufacturer. Xcelerator, a $13-million, hydraulic-launch accelerator coaster that opened at the Buena Park theme park in 2002, reopened Monday evening after Knott's made modifications required by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. In a statement, the theme park said the state's report "identified shortcomings in the manufacturer's instructions regarding the inspection and maintenance of the cable" and that the state agency had "required Knott's Berry Farm to put into place additional safeguards to determine cable viability and to work with the manufacturer to revise maintenance instructions."
April 7, 2010 | By Tom Petruno
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the amusement park owner whose properties include Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, on Tuesday called off its buyout deal with private equity firm Apollo Global Management after major shareholders objected. But Cedar Fair stock rose on speculation about other possible merger ideas. The Ohio company said it pulled out of the deal because the transaction lacked "the required level of investor support." The firm said it would take time to consider its "next steps."
December 18, 2009 | By Hugo Martín and Tom Petruno
The $2.4-billion buyout of Knott's Berry Farm's parent company by a private equity firm may be a sign of confidence in the future of theme parks, analysts said Thursday. Apollo Global Management agreed late Wednesday to acquire Cedar Fair, the Sandusky, Ohio, company that owns Knott's in Buena Park and 10 other amusement parks, seven water parks and five hotels in the U.S. and Canada. FOR THE RECORD: Knott's takeover: An article in Friday's Business section about Apollo Global Management's buyout of Knott's Berry Farm's parent, Cedar Fair, said the California Public Employees' Retirement System had paid $46 million in fees to Alfred Villalobos, a placement agent working for Apollo.
October 10, 2009 | Hugo Martin
The Halloween battle of the theme parks has begun. For decades, Knott's Berry Farm's Halloween Haunt has reigned supreme as Southern California's ultimate theme park for Halloween frights. The Buena Park amusement park started the after-hours tradition more than 30 years ago and is credited with inventing the Halloween mazes duplicated by theme parks nationwide. But this year, officials at Universal Studios Hollywood say they are extending that park's Halloween Horror Nights and relying heavily on its movie connections to knock Knott's from its monster perch.
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