June 15, 2000 |
When Knott's Berry Farm opens its brightly colored Soak City U.S.A. water park Saturday, visitors may overlook another new landmark near the slides and chutes: the "Radisson" name atop the former Buena Park Hotel. For Cedar Fair, owner of the clustered attractions, spending $28.4 million to buy, renovate and rebrand the hotel was as crucial as building its $25.5-million beach-themed "second gate," filled with water slides and lazy rivers.
June 21, 2000 |
How many people will get soaked at the new water parks that Knott's Berry Farm has opened in Buena Park and Chula Vista? A good estimate for starters is 300,000 a year at each park, according to Richard L. Kinzel, who should know. Kinzel is chief executive of the company that bought Knott's 3 1/2 years ago, Cedar Fair LP, which already operates separate-admission water parks at its Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and its Worlds of Fun park in Kansas City, Mo.
September 3, 2000 |
It was my nephew's first visit to an amusement park, a trip to celebrate his third birthday. So as we stood in line for the log ride at Knott's Berry Farm, my brother prepared little Daniel for the experience ahead: "We go high, it gets dark, we go down, we get wet. Fun." But Daniel didn't seem so sure. Sitting in the faux-log cart, he looked spooked--body tense, lips clamped and eyes wide with fear.