Amusement and Theme Parks

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Knott's Berry Farm Will Have Guests Saving the Park via 4-D Attraction Voyage to the Iron Reef

    Knott's Berry Farm announced plans Thursday for a new interactive 4-D attraction for 2015 that has guests saving the theme park from mysterious creatures emerging from the seas beneath the Boardwalk. Which must mean the Big One or a killer tsunami just hit because I'm next to positive the seas didn' ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014


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  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Toyko Disneyland Bests Anaheim Disneyland as World's Second Most Popular Theme Park

    I remember when a Disneyland supervisor, my favorite when I worked in the parking lot (remember the parking lot?) got sent from Anaheim to help train workers, I mean, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland circa 1980. If only that guy knew at the time that he was helping to set an attendance mousetrap t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2014
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    March 28, 2014

    Dami Sushi & Izakaya Opens in Buena Park; Offers Free Giveaways & $20 Gift Certificates

    The new Asian-focused mall called Village Circle on Beach (think Irvine's Diamond Jamboree) already has a lot of of its core tenants in place (85 Degrees is already open and H-Mart is opening soon if it's not already). There will be at least a dozen more tenants there. One of them is a Dami Sushi & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Dirty Ex-Cop Jay Cicinelli Has a New Job: Little League Baseball Coach!

    Former Fullerton cop Manuel Ramos was outed last week as a PONY League coach in the city, but apparently he's not alone. Jay Cicinelli, Ramos' fellow FPD-er who, in his own words, took the face of Kelly Thomas one July night in 2011 and "just smashed it to hell," is also coaching youth baseball--in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Knott's Berry Farm Spectacle Will Have Those for Miles Around Seeing Red and Then Pink

    That big red light you will see from miles around coming from the center of Orange County tonight and tomorrow night is not an LED tactical light being used by aliens to target us. Well, not this time it isn't. And when later Friday that red light turns pink, it does not mean you have boozed so ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    PHOTO: Jay Cicinelli Partying at Knott's Berry Farm During Kelly Thomas Trial

    Multiple sources have told the Weekly that Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, the two former Fullerton police officers currently on trial for their role in the Kelly Thomas killing, have been living large ever since, partying and having a gay old time as if nothing ever happened. But when we ask for ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Knott's Berry Farm Stagecoach Flips, Injuring 3 Riders

    Three people were hospitalized after a stagecoach ride at Knott's Berry Farm lost a wheel and flipped Sunday afternoon.But the injuries were minor, according to officials at the Buena Park theme park, whose ride was carrying 14 passengers at the time.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Erik Michael Krause, Huntington Beach Cop, and Michael John Zannitto, Garden Grove Officer, Guilty of Conspiring to Fix Traffic Ticket

    A jury Thursday found police officers from Garden Grove and Huntington Beach guilty of conspiring with each other via texts and phone calls to get a traffic ticket dismissed for a woman who promised them free booze. Erik Michael Krause, 44 and a 22-year veteran of HBPD, and Michael John Zannitto, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Michael King Lim Sought for Selling Phony Theme Park Tickets Thanks to Arrested Brother

    After a Buena Park police sting that resulted in the arrest of Raymond John Lim, 23, of Walnut, for allegedly making and selling counterfeit tickets to Knott's Berry Farm and other Southern California theme parks, attention shifted to his brother, Michael King Lim.That's because Raymond implicated h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2012
  • News

    September 20, 2012

    Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt's 40 Years of Fear

    Buena Park's after-hours attraction can still scare your pants off

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    You Be the Judge: Angry Mom v. Knott's Berry Farm's Soak City

    The litigants: angry mother Karen Roberson and Knott's Berry Farm management in Buena Park.The allegation: Soak City employees and Knott's Berry Farm management halfheartedly dealt with two teen boys with camera phones in the women's locker room before closing Tuesday, July 31.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Two BBQ Contests at Knott's Soak City Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

    ProfessorSalt.comCompetition-grade spare ribs from Tropical Heat BBQ Team​Would you guess that Orange County hosts more sanctioned barbecue contests than L.A. County? It's true. We're not talking about unsanctioned "rib burns," either, but legitimate contests with certified judges like you'd find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Horse Mysteriously Collapses at Knott's Berry Farm

    ​If you're spending any part of the long holiday weekend at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, stand clear of the horses.That's because one attached to a stagecoach collapsed in front of people in line Sunday.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    California Adventure Coaster California Screamin' Leaves Two Dozen Stranded

    ​ It looks like California Adventure's roller coaster California Screamin' was upset that it didn't make my OC's Top Five Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides list last week, and it left two dozen passengers stranded to protest its omission.That, or a backpack fell onto the track.Either way, learn more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    OC's Top Five Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides

    ​Accidents happen, especially at America's theme parks, and Orange County's theme park triumvirate--Disneyland, California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm--are no exceptions to the rule.Recently, the state completed investigations into 27 medical problems sustained by passengers riding OC theme p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Teen Accused of Sexual Battery on Disney's California Adventure Dance Floor

    ​A 17-year-old boy from Menlo Park was arrested Friday for allegedly touching his female dance partner inappropriately at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.The teen, who was not identified because of his age, was detained by Disney security and turned over to city cops who arrested him on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    What You Missed: NOFX, NYE Block Party, Rebelution, Surf City Splash, Berlin, Food Truck Fare and More

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Happy 2011! What'd you do? Or more importantly, what did you miss? We were all over the place with the New Year's Eve celebrations--from NOFX at the Wiltern and the Block Party at the OC Fairgrounds to Rebelution at the House of Blues and Berlin at Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    A Trend That Needs To Go: Charged-Admission Food Truck Festivals

    Christopher Victorio​When the food truck phenomenon first started, parking and setup were very much a fly-by-night operation: a single truck would find a spot, park, then Tweet its location to hungry fans. There was a sense of stealth to it; it was almost like electronic samizdat.When the first tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    10 Riders of Knott's Berry Farm Pony Express Pony Up to Emergency Room

    ​Ten people were hurt when two cars on the Pony Express roller coaster collided during Thursday night's Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm.The Buena Park theme park guests were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Three were 12-year-olds and the rest were adults, according to Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    This Weekend: Mini Gay Days at Disneyland! (And Knott's)

    Flickr user samlavi​Who says you've got to wait another whole year for Gay Days at Disneyland?

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Avoid HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher?

    (photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly)New Issa rule: Don't watch HBO comedian​"Don't watch Bill Maher!"--Wealthy GOP Southern California Congressman Darrell Issa at this month's California Republican Assembly state convention held at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. Issa also declared himsel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Dishney: PETA Recommends Animal Sanctuaries Over Disneyland

    In yet another effort to make both meat eaters and vegetarians further dislike them, Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has issued an open letter to President Obama via the Huffington Post, pleading for him to send the traditional Than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dishney: Disneyland Tries Some Viral Marketing?

    While browsing the very latest in cute cat videos from Japan (you think I'm joking, I'm sadly not), I couldn't help but notice the "Promoted Videos" sidebar on YouTube repeatedly featuring a handful of creepy ghost sighting videos from Disneyland. Three have been released so far, all by the same use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park, No Filter Edition

    Flickr user BriBerry​It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly round-up of the best and worst tweets from Disneyland park--this time, it's the "No Filter" Edition. Inspired by the very first account we heard just this week of someone getting fired over something not-so-smart that they tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2009

    Dishney: Disney Launches Official Theme Parks Blog

    Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog​Perhaps in an effort to curb all the crazy rumor mongering (heh) being slung around by the squillion Disney fan blogs out there, the House of Mouse has decided to launch an official blog to document all the latest (official) happenings at their theme parks. The blog w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park

    Flickr user PhoenixFlameAmy​The new Fantasmic! dragon--his name's Murphy, seriously--might have premiered this week, but we're still more interested with you people out there broadcasting hilarious(ly inappropriate) shit all over Twitter. Our favorite this week goes to the dude stoked over the Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Incoming: Steve Martin at Orange County Performing Arts Center

    ​Celebrities often take unexpected paths late in their careers. Jane Fonda put out workout videos. George Foreman sells grills. Francis Ford Coppola directed Jack. And Steve Martin, legendary comedic figure he is, has taken to nurturing his love of playing banjo, as evidenced by his The Crow: New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Dishney: Top 5 Most Avoidable Disneyland Deaths

    ​Alright, fine: So it's a little morbid, but since the park's grand opening in 1955, a few hiccups have happened during Disneyland's reign as the Happiest Place on Earth--nine of them, to be exact. Which, statistically speaking, isn't all that bad. We guess. All but one of the fatalities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Dishney: The Princess and the Frog (And the Controversy)

    Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks​So when Disney announced some months ago their plans to release a full-length feature done the "old-fashioned way"--meaning 2D--who wasn't excited? While Pixar's miraculously long lasting hit parade have been major crowd pleasers, a return to the Broadway-style musicals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park, Sex Edition

    In a world where people are losing jobs over blog posts, websites, and MySpace and Facebook photos, we're just left wondering how long until we all start learning of career-death by tweet. Then again: Some people still don't care. Eh. Here's our weekly roundup of some of the best--and worst--tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Dishney: Disneyland's Club 33 Wait List Even Longer Than You Thought

    Flickr User emmyboopThe myyyysterious Club 33. Though most have heard of it--creepy obsessive Disney fanatic or not--not many have ever seen it. And at the rate the wait list is crawling along? You'll probably never see it. The latest D23 FANfare e-mail blast reports: "Ever since Club 33 opened on J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Dishney: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

    Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Studio Disney 365With the recent announcement of the July 2009 Downtown Disney arrival of overpriced-boutique-to-the-stars (and their privileged offspring) Kitson Kids, it seems to us that Disney's starting to cater to--and cultivate--a whole new sect of Paris Hilton-obsess ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Did Disneyland Try Viral Video Promotion of Summer Nightastic?

    The YouTube video above supposedly captures a young man proposing marriage to his girlfriend in the middle of Disneyland's Main Street USA. But as MousePlanet points out, the whole thing reeks of a stunt to promote the new Summer Nightastic spectacular by hoping the "amateur" video goes viral. Ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    What If You Threw a Lakers Parade and Only Kobe Showed Up?

    Photo by Andrew YoussefM-I-C . . . See you in the paint . . . K-E-Y . . . Why? Because we OWN you!Disneyland Resort media types had said it would be Kobe Bryant and other unnamed Lakers visiting the Anaheim theme park today for a victory parade down Main Street USA. But just like the name on the MVP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Reminder: Free Ice Cream Today!!!

    As mentioned previously, the folks at Häagen-Dazs are giving away a complimentary scoop of any "bee-built" flavor, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm today.To find your nearest location, CLICK HERE. Not all are participating, but most of the ones we checked with are, including the Shops at Mission Viejo, Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    How to Spend Disney Bucks? Let Mickey Count the Ways

    Everybody has cash to spare these days, so the big question is how to blow it to get the most bang for your buck. This is especially true, of course, of Mouseketeers. I mean, should those with valid Orange County addresses spend $99 for a three-day pass to visit Disneyland and/or California Adventur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 29

    Orange County Register: Anaheim police want to question two men shown in an Angel Stadium surveillance video in the opening day assault death of Brian Powers, 27, of Buena Park. That's right, sports fans, they're even watching you in the cheap seats. . . . A man who was arrested at Disneyland l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Read Curt Pringle's Lips: He'll Take New Taxpayer Dollars

    Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle has long been the golden boy among Orange County Republicans. He got elected to the party's Central Committee in 1986, and two years later became the GOP nominee for the Garden Grove area state Assembly seat. The party, under the leadership of then-Chairman Tom Fuentes ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Recall Madness!

    The nuts and bolts (with extra nuts) of direct democracy gone wild

  • News

    December 7, 2006

    A Snow Job Success

    The shady past of OCs newest mega-philanthropist