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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Southern California Parks

Contains posts about Southern California parks.

Accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain Bushwhacks Ninja

On Monday, July 7th, the Ninja coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain partially derailed when the suspended coaster struck a tree that had fallen against the track.  The first car, containing 4 passengers, was...

The Amazing Pacific Ocean Park

A long time ago, near Venice Beach California, a fascinating theme park rose from the water.  Its name was Pacific Ocean Park.  "POP" (pronounced "pee-oh-pee"), as it was soon nicknamed, was a joint venture...

Knotts Berry Farm Grows Great Entertainment and More

I've just returned from the Farm and boy are they pulling out all the stops this summer.  As you know, they have recently renovated another one of their major classic attractions, the Calico Mine...

Chris Merrit on the Legendary Pacific Ocean Park

Theme Park Designer and Co-Author of Knott's Preserved, Chris Merritt, returns to The Season Pass Podcast to disuss Pacific Ocean Park...it's one of the greatest theme parks in California’s history that you may have never heard about! ...

Magic Mountain Debuts 19th Coaster in Bugs Bunny World

Six Flags Magic Mountain has jumped back into the record books, unveiling a renovated Bugs Bunny World in the process. Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers puts Magic Mountain into the Guinness Book of World...

Knotts Scary Farm Dates and Details Announced

A thickening fog is swirling ominously above Buena Park California.  Some say it's the seasonal June Gloom blowing in from the Pacific.  Others say it's just nasty fumes from Fountain Valley.  But here at...

Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

We love the Discover Science Center. Not too far from Disneyland on I-5, the Discovery Science Center has all kinds of great kid and family friendly ways to play with science and spend a...

Grand opening of a Knott’s Berry Farm classic: The Reimagined Calico Mine Ride

On Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm officially reopened its classic Calico Mine Train after a major six-month renovation, restoration, and enhancement project. The top-to-bottom refurbishment included the addition of 46 new Audio-Animatronics figures along...

Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates Camp Snoopy’s 30th Anniversary with a ton of fresh charm

Knott's Berry Farm's family-favorite Camp Snoopy area officially reopened Thursday following a multi-part renovation project that brought three new attractions to the land. The project also included a complete aesthetic overhaul, giving the land...

Season Pass Podcast: Q & A with the Designers of NoLimits 2!

This week the NoLimits 2 coaster simulator team is back on the Season Pass Podcast. Tom Zeliff (3-D Modeler) and Kevin “Crayola” Stone (Graphic Designer) discuss the functions and future of NoLimits 2...

SeaWorld San Antonio Review: Three Days in Texas

The SeaWorld Podcast team was invited to attend the opening of Roa's Aviary at Aquatica at SeaWorld San Antonio, and while at the opening, they were invited to experience the park, meet the animals,...

A Look Inside the Refurbished Knott’s Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride

Situated in the heart of Knott's Berry Farm is a remarkable piece of theme park history. The 54 year old dark ride masterpiece, the Calico Mine Ride.  Designed by Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut and opened...

Season Pass Podcast: Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando with Brian Morrow!

TSPP is at SeaWorld Orlando with Brian Morrow (Creative Director of SeaWorld Parks) for the newest attraction of the park, Antarctica.  This time around, you'll hear discussion on SeaWorld’s mission, creative process, introducing new technologies,...

Knotts Soak City opens for the 2014 Summer Season

Knott’s Soak City opened for the 2014 season yesterday, Saturday, May 17th. Reflecting the local theme, water rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute Southern California surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower. It's...

Reopening Date for the Historic Calico Mine Ride Announced by Knotts

Knott's has just announced Saturday June 14th as the reopening of the completely refurbished Calico Mine Train and revitalized Camp Snoopy.  This is great news and will mark the return of two iconic and...

Knotts Berry Farm Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy Hardhat Tour

We took a sneak peek at Knott's Berry Farm's Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoop yesterday. What we found was a very good sign for things to come this summer. Last year, instead of adding...

Knotts Berry Bloom Brings Bites and Blossoms

Knotts Berry Farm kicked off their second annual Berry Bloom Festival on April 12th (running through April 27th).  It is evident that management knows they have a good idea on their hands as they've...

Knott’s Berry Bloom

Today, In the Parks visits Knott's Berry Farm as they get ready to kick off the wonderful Berry Bloom event.  What is the Berry Bloom?  It's a springtime festival of food, crafts and music...

The Impossible Dream – The Story behind SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter

As the 50th Celebration for SeaWorld San Diego kicks off, the team at the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast have been interviewing people who have been involved in the parks during the past 50 years at...

Knott’s Timber Mountain Log Ride: Updating Bud’s Masterpiece – Part 1

Greetings, and welcome to a new installment of This Animatronic Life…and you only had to wait a year to read it!  As you may be aware, my company, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP), has...