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Friday, November 17, 2017

Southern California Parks

Contains posts about Southern California parks.

This Animatronic Life: Finding Gold in the Calico Mine Ride Part II

Howdy—and welcome to part two of the story of Garner Holt Productions, Inc.’s (GHP) work in revitalizing Knott’s Berry Farm’s incredible Calico Mine Ride attraction. In part one, I recounted GHP’s previous involvement with...

Universal Studios Hollywood Changes the Scenery

Universal Studios Hollywood is abuzz with exciting construction projects. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is on track for a 2016 opening. Coming next year is the Fast and Furious Supercharged addition to the...

Ride and Slide into Knotts Berry Farm

Today we take a stroll through Knott's Berry Farm for a quick update. Visitors are clearly enjoying the affordable admission, fun rides, amazing food and entertainment at the park. Speaking of great deals, Knott's...

Season Pass Podcast: Knott’s Calico Mine Ride, A New Classic.

These are the interview sessions recorded on June 12th, 2014 at Knott’s Berry Farm for the re-opening of the newly refurbished Calico Mine Ride and Camp Snoopy!  Doug Barnes, Robert Coker, Jeff Tucker (Knott’s Entertainment...

This Animatronic Life: Finding Gold in the Calico Mine Ride Part I

Howdy—and welcome to the latest This Animatronic Life, the “not-as-frequent-as-I’d-like-but-genuinely-tries-to-be-semi-regular” column about the history of animatronics technology, themed entertainment, and Garner Holt Productions, Inc.’s (GHP) place in the story! Since the last update, we’ve...

Pier Review: Pacific Ocean Park

For the price of this book, you can now go back in time. You can visit the park that tried to bring together the best aspects of a traditional seaside amusement pier and the...

The Disney EAR in Review – A Look Back at the First HALF of...

This week, Ricky Brigante (Inside the Magic) joins Paul Barrie (WindowtotheMagic) for our twice yearly discussion of EVERYTHING (literally) that has happened in the world of Disney.  This 3-HOUR LONG yap-a-thon shows just how...

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,...