Hosts Banks Lee and Brittani Tuttle bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Guests can experience the western town of Calico once again and continue the story, as Ghost Town Alive! is now open at Knott’s Berry Farm. [Read more…]
Spring has sprung at Knott’s Berry Farm, and a brand-new attraction guaranteed to bring thrills has arrived just in time for the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival: Sol Spin. [Read more…]
Fans of vintage Vekoma shuttle coasters will want to get their last rides in on Boomerang before Knott’s Berry Farm bids its final farewell to the ride on April 23. [Read more…]
Knott’s Berry Farm’s venerated Ghost Town will come to life in virtual reality when “VR Showdown in Ghost Town” premiers at the California park next month. [Read more…]
Lovers of the famous fruit born in Buena Park better prepare to loosen their buckles, because Knott’s Berry Farm is bringing back their popular Boysenberry Festival for more days than ever, starting April 1 through 23, 2017. [Read more…]
VR is all the rage in theme parks these days, and one of Southern California’s oldest attractions will join the high-tech craze when a new Knott’s Berry Farm Virtual Reality experience from VRstudios debuts later in 2017.
VRstudios, a global virtual reality company offering commercial entertainment and enterprise solutions, announced on January 31 a partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm and parent company, Cedar Fair, to design and install a specialized VR experience at the Southern California-based theme park.
“Our collaboration with VRstudios to develop a new custom-built, immersive amusement experience at Knott’s Berry Farm is exciting for our customers and consistent with the memorable experiences they expect from our parks,” said Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth, Christian Dieckmann. “We chose VRstudios for our inaugural free-roaming VR installation because of their successful track record providing VR globally for other location-based entertainment venues. No other VR company can offer a truly untethered multi-player experience. We believe the planned attraction will amaze our guests and encourage repeat visits.”
“It is rewarding to partner with entertainment visionaries who want to do something amazing with the new VR technology,” added Charles Herrick, Chief Executive Officer of VRstudios. “When clients want to push the limits beyond what is commonly available, it gets our entire team motivated because they know there will be an outlet for their innovation.”
Knott’s Berry Farm visitors will be able to enjoy the new VR experience for a small fee in addition to admission, beginning the second quarter of this year.
VRstudios (www.vrstudios.com) is a leading global VR technology company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, and located in 11 countries. Their VRCade system powered The Repository VR experience that debuted in 2016 at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.
For more information about Knott’s Berry Farm visit knotts.com, and relive the park’s famous Halloween event with this video from Knott’s Scary Farm 2016:
Starting November 19, 2016, Knott’s Berry Farm in California transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with thousands of twinkling lights, holiday décor, and festive events throughout the park.
Guests at Knott’s Merry Farm can relish the Christmas season with attractions, new live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, holiday food, carolers performing seasonal classics and nightly snow falling on the streets of Calico.
Debuting this year, It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown at the new Calico Mine Stage features the Peanuts gang putting on the greatest Christmas pageant ever with Charlie Brown directing. Charlie’s one wish is to spend the holidays with his family, especially with Snoopy, who is visiting his family around the world. Will Snoopy make it home in time for Christmas? Join Charlie and the gang for a charming Christmas show as they perform traditional upbeat holiday classics and spread Christmas cheer. Find out if Snoopy returns home in time for a magical and festive holiday season to celebrate Christmas with Charlie, Sally and the rest of the Peanuts. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
For the first time ever, the streets of Calico are overflowing with seasonal joy as its citizens (from this summer’s Ghost Town Alive!) help guests celebrate the holidays with Christmas in Calico. New this year, Calico’s Town Hall offers plenty of holiday activities for all. Little ones can pen Christmas letters to jolly ol’ Santa Claus or gather round for a special reading of the holiday classic the Night before Christmas by the Calico citizens. Everyone can also lend a hand around town by delivering gifts to some of the folks in Calico. Just outside Town Hall, Calico Carolers roam the streets sharing the sounds of the season though songs and hand bell chimes.
Just a couple feet away from the new Calico Stage, at the recently added Calico Park, is where this year’s night time tree lighting tradition takes place. This all-new Calico Tree Lighting Ceremony features the Calico Bell Choir and the Citizens of Calico as they join together around the tree for an illuminating Christmas celebration filled with music, laughter and happiness. Gather round the electrifying Christmas tree and experience as the colorful lights come alive when Dr. Carter tests his newest electrical Christmas invention in Ghost Town.
The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town transforms into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season, where guests can visit the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Pictures can be purchased onsite, and you can purchase seasonal treats like Santa’s freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine. Knott’s world-famous holiday treats can be found all throughout Ghost Town, including fresh poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, homemade holiday churros from the Churro Factory and extra creamy Santa’s Milk and Cookie shakes from Coasters.
Returning this year, the Peanuts gang, and a cast of world class ice skaters perform in the breathtaking ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! in the 2,100 seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. In this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the Christmas Ball. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
An all-new show is debuting at the Camp Snoopy Theatre, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas. The Peanuts give their take and unique wisdom in a primer designed to help everyone survive the holidays. The show features mash ups of holiday songs with a heartwarming dose of the Peanuts gang.
Relax and unwind at Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, as Ghost Town transforms into a shopping wonderland with dozens of local artisans selling their unique crafts and gifts. The annual Christmas Crafts village includes artistic craft holiday shops featuring power chainsaw sculpting and elegant glass blowing demonstrations. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday, November 21 – December 8, and is included with theme park admission every day.
In the intimate setting of Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, Knott’s melodrama company brings to life Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in performances available on select dates during Knott’s Merry Farm.
When the sun sets on the farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town twinkle brightly to the beat of a holiday favorite as snow gently falls on all guests. Park guests can enjoy more of the nightly snow and glow experience in most of Ghost Town, from School House Road to the Saloon and down to the Assay Office. The toe tappin’, hand clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies continues their Knott’s Merry Farm residency this holiday season in the Birdcage Theatre on select nights.
For More information about Knott’s Merry Farm please visit knotts.com, and watch this 2015 episode of Attractions The Show for a look inside last year’s event:
2016 isn’t quite over yet, but Knott’s Berry Farm is already gearing up for next season by announcing the brand new Sol Spin thrill ride and expanded special events for 2017. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
Come with us to Knott’s Scary Farm in Southern California as we face killer clowns, the Red Barn, and dance with Elvira. [Read more…]
Orange County California’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers next year, as Knott’s Berry Farm has announced details of their Knott’s Soak City Water Park expansion for 2017. [Read more…]
The calendar will say summer, but a chill October will be blowing through the Long Beach Convention Center when Knott’s Berry Farm joins Universal Studios Hollywood, Queen Mary, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Walt Disney Imagineering for the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival on July 30 – 31, 2016. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news from Frostival at the Orlando Eye. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Column by Andy Guinigundo
Amusement park company Cedar Fair announced the addition of WindSeeker to its ride lineup at four Cedar Fair parks for 2011. The high spinning ride will grace the landscapes of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio near Cleveland, Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., and Canada’s Wonderland Park near Toronto. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
This week’s post is about my Disney Cruise Line house party that took place a few weeks ago. Certainly, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) is part of the greater Orlando attraction landscape with Port Canaveral being DCL’s main departure point. Definitely, Disney is part of the Orlando scene. The marketing idea of the “house party” is what brings the Disney Cruise Line “out of the loop”.
The first I had ever heard of HouseParty.com was on a podcast entitled “TWIT – This Week in Tech” hosted by Leo Laporte. They were discussing how Windows had contracted with HouseParty.com to be the portal by which Windows 7 launch parties would occur. Basically, the idea of the parties was for hosts to invite friends, family and/or colleagues over for a get together – all in the name of Windows 7. The actual party planning was up to the hosts. Party hosts received party supplies like streamers, playing cards, tote bags, and other giveaways from Microsoft. Perhaps the coolest and certainly most monetarily valuable piece of party swag was a Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer autographed copy of Windows 7.
The idea made me chuckle. I guess I never thought that having people come over to install software would make for a good party. Then, an e-mail appeared in my inbox, “Sign up at HouseParty.com to host a Disney Cruise Line House Party!” All I thought was: I’m in! We took a cruise on the Disney Wonder a few years ago in celebration of my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. I love to cruise. I love Disney. It was a match made in Heaven! I took a quick online survey and it electronically deemed I was an appropriate candidate to host a party, but official word didn’t come until several weeks later. They did mention some of the things that would be included in the DCL party pack. It included luggage tags, assorted party favors, tokens good for chances to win a cruise, and a House Party pin. At the very least, I wanted the pin. I have a tiny pin collection of less than 30 Disney pins. None of them are necessarily unique from a collectors point of view, but they are each special to me.
The parties, over a thousand across the country, were to happen on Nov. 14 or close to it. I received official word that I had been chosen to host a DCL House Party. Hosts were told to register at HouseParty.com. Once I did so, I had access to electronic invitations and social networking associated with DCL and the party. The social networking aspect was like Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube rolled up into one site. Hosts discussed DCL and their party plans, posted pictures and videos of past cruises. The main goal was to drum up excitement for DCL in general and for the house party specifically.
I opted for Sunday brunch and invited mostly family, and I did stick to the recommendation of inviting at least 10 people. In all, 13 guests were in attendance. About a week before, my party supplies arrived. I was surprised by the package’s size and weight. I was even more surprised by the contents. It indeed was a party in a box! It was packed with party favors, gift bags, DCL brochures, DCL DVD, pirate eye patches, pirate bandanas, posters, a yard sign, a cruise banner, my pin, and an eight-inch-tall Disney totem pole. The totem pole was a surprise gift. Its inclusion was a reminder of the addition of Alaska as a cruise destination in 2011.
I must say, as a marketing tool, it worked! We were all swept up in Disney Cruise Line excitement. We played the DVD in the background. We played DCL trivia and gave away prizes – including the totem pole. Game suggestions were on the Web site too. We talked about our past experiences on the Disney Wonder. We dreamed of taking a cruise on the upcoming Disney Dream. Dad said he’d never get on the water slide. whose path takes riders directly over the ocean. We had our computer out so people could redeem their party tokens for chances to win a Disney cruise.
After the party, hosts were reminded to go back to the Web site to share their party experiences by posting comments, pictures and videos. I don’t think any of my guests or myself have booked a Disney Cruise, but at the very least, the cruise line is most definitely on our radar.
Demon Drop Staying in Region
Sandusky, Ohio/Allentown, Pennsylvania – After Cedar Point’s Halloween event completed, disassembly of the classic free-fall ride The Demon Drop commenced. It was announced that the ride would be making a cross-country trek to sister park Knott’s Berry Farm just outside of Los Angeles. This was an official announcement, not rumor. Last week however, for undisclosed reasons, the trip was shortened considerably. The Demon Drop’s new home will instead be Dorney Park in Allentown, Penn. The means that Knott’s Berry Farm will not get a new ride in 2010. The ride will not be ready at season’s open, but closer to the July 4 holiday.
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. Out of the Loop keeps you up-to-date with attraction news outside of Central Florida. Andy lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year.