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  • Knott's Berry Farm History

    LOL, I hate that i'm one of the only ones on this site that seems to love Knott's Berry Farm history on here. Im sure people here on this site remember the classic Knotts before the 1997 merger with Cerdar Fair. Knott's was the best California theme park next to Disneyland. I still remember tons of rides I used to go on when i was kid and some that are beyond my years.

    RIDES SUCH AS:

    KNOTT'S BEAR-Y TALES


    Wacky Soap Box Racers


    Corkscrew


    Sky Jump


    Tampico Tumbler
    [IMG]http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0Je5mzUsA5HEW4AYyOjzbkF/SIG=12tkp6fhh/EXP=1192231508/**http%3A//www.negative-g.com/Knotts/Knotts-2-01-Tampico-Tumbler-at-night.jpg[/IMG]

    Cable Cars


    Old McDonald's Farm


    Church of Reflections


    Gold Mine/Pan for Gold


    Haunted Shack


    Antique Auto Ride


    Jungle Island


    Cordelia Knott/Walter K. Steamboat


    Covered Wagons


    Active Volcano

    Little Chapel


    Windjammer
    [IMG]http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0Je5mfutw5HvQgBvCejzbkF/SIG=1217viafp/EXP=1192233326/**http%3A//www.coastergallery.com/GA/jammer02.jpg[/IMG]

    Kingdom of the Dinosaurs
    [IMG]http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0Je5mxDuA5HM38AnBujzbkF/SIG=128f3cevg/EXP=1192233411/**http%3A//ptreport.thrillnetwork.net/images/kbf/kod.jpg[/IMG]

    Hammerhead
    [IMG]http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0Je5wuVuA5H_lcAxzyjzbkF/SIG=11hji1pri/EXP=1192233493/**http%3A//kweb.us/images/ham.jpg[/IMG]

    Mott's Miniatures


    Other attractions include:
    Gran Slammer
    Tijuana Taxi
    Fiesta Wheel
    Mexican Whip
    XK-1
    Propellor Spin
    Greased Lightning/Whirlwind/Head-Ache
    Gasoline Alley
    Loop trainer
    Vertigo
    Studio K
    Pacific Pavillion
    Jungle Island Train Ride
    Bear-y Tales Funhouse
    "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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  • #2
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    Neat pics!

    We enjoy KBF.

    Thanks!

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    • #3
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      Those are some great pics, there! I totally miss and loved Jungle Island as a kid. There was also a small lake near Jungle Island, which I also believe had paddle boats on the small lake?

      The Tijuana Taxi and Jungle Island Train both live on at Castle Park in Riverside, CA.
      Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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      • #4
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        Great pics!!

        I like how peacful it used to be and look around the reflections lake... now, I wish I could say the same.

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        • #5
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          I ride Corkscrew every year at Silverwood, for old time's sake.

          One of Corkscrew's trains is now the rolling stock for Boomerang.
          See more of my horrible photos (and a few good ones) at my Flickr photostream

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          • #6
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            Dont forget Electroblast though!!

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            • #7
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              I love Knott's too. And its history. I think as a lifelong native a person is really selling themselves short if they don't have at least a fondness for Knott's somewhere in their hearts. That place is/was a little gem. And for me at least I like it just as much as it's more elaborate neighbor in Anaheim.

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              • #8
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                Electroblast was fun!

                We got to see one of the very last performances as a special VIP treat at Solace before it was removed.
                See more of my horrible photos (and a few good ones) at my Flickr photostream

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                • #9
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                  I remember panning for gold there . I also remember that there was a prospector in a shed around that area. He was not real though, of course :lol: .

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                  • #10
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                    That guy in the jail is still there to talk to you.

                    Along with the volcano, I remember the small devil the back that controlled it. As well as the candy shop in the back of the Marketplace where you could watch taffy being made.

                    The biggest detail I miss is the leg of the Can Can girl that dangled out a 2nd story window and would kick everytime someone passed by.

                    Another detail I miss: across from the bumper cars, there was a door with a peep window marked "Private Club". If the rang the doorbell, a face would pop out from the peep window and say "Go away, it's private." It was a one line joke, but it totally came out of nowhere. The door is still there, and if you hit the doorbell now, you get to hear raucous 20's party music coming from inside.
                    Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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                    • #11
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                      Does anybody know when the bumper cars opened up?
                      "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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                      • #12
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                        I remember panning for gold. Only went to Knotts once back in 1986 but I remember having a lot of fun that day.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by DL_CRAZE View Post
                          Haunted Shack


                          Wow, this photo stirs up some old memories. I've never been to Knott's, but this photo reminds me of a similar room that they used to have at Six Flags in Dallas.

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                          • #14
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                            Knott's has really gone to hell.

                            AND BTW.... You forgot Kingdom of the Dinosaur!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                            • #15
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                              ^Um, no, he didn't... but the pic link doesn't seem to work, so you may have missed his listing. It's there.

                              And I disagree with your first, rather flippant remark. If you are basing that simply on the fact that many of the original attractions are gone, you could also conclude that Disneyland has also really gone to hell (in fact, many people do argue that). And if you are not basing it on that, then maybe you could elaborate your thoughts a little more.

                              This is a thread to discuss Knott's history, not to bash it's current state. Please go somewhere else for that.
                              Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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                              • #16
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                                On a more positive note, I also just remembered the displays of model Missions near the stagecoach area (and near the old small chapel/Blueberry stand).

                                Two other details that continue on to this day: the corpse with the bullet hole in his head that periodically rises out of his coffin, and the heartbeating grave at Boot Hill. It's always fun to watch people discover that for the first time! Not to mention the fact that the sounds from the mine at the entrance to boot hill have been restored. Knott's may have lost some of it's charms, but it still retains more than people give it credit for.
                                Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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                                • #17
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                                  My first trip to Knotts was when I was about 5 years old (early 60's). I don't remember much about it, except I think I remember seeing mannequins dresses as prospectors, riding a train that went "underground" (at least that was my memory), and my parents buying me a plastic glow in the dark wand thing with a star shape on top of it. I think the only reason we went is because I think at that time it was free to get in, and it cost money to get into Disneyland.

                                  The next time I went was the early 90's I believe. A cousin from Texas had come out and we went to Knotts one day and Disneyland the next. I wish I had had the opportunity to visit it more during the early years, but at that time we lived in Idaho and didn't get to come to California that often. But I LOVE the old pictures! Those are wonderful!




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                                  • #18
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                                    Good old Knotts. When I was young I didn't appreciate it because their darkrides didn't compare to Disney's, but looking at these pictures and the current park I realize how quaint the park was with all it's details. Like a more laid back version of Disneyland.

                                    BTW, slightly off topic, what have they ripped up recently? I've seen pictures of cleared land and construction fences, what exactly is gone?
                                    Women, they make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Heres some more pictures:





























                                      "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
                                      __________________________________________________________

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                                      • #20
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                                        AND THE ORIGINAL

                                        "Walt Disney World may have more than Disneyland, but Disneyland has quality, and quality triumphs over quantity" -DL_CRAZE
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