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Postby montezooma » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:42 pm

Oops, sorry about that, I forgot to change it from private to public. It has been corrected now and available for your viewing pleasure.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:02 pm

Very cool vid, Shane.

This is one of the suspended coasters I have always wanted to ride, ever since I knew about it, many years ago. One of these years...

Thanks for posting it. :smile:
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Postby Goliath513 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:54 pm

Great videos Shane!

Loch Ness Monster is a very underrated coaster. The terrain and landscaping definitely added to the ride experience, and I regret not riding it more than once when I was there. It was better than most other Arrow loopers I've ridden such as KD's Anaconda and much better than CGA's Demon. ;)

In the video, it looks like it's running faster than it did when I rode it on the east coast trip. Still, it was a great ride, and that final drop was amazing!

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Postby montezooma » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:22 am

Knott's Berry Farm
Old Time Adventures

Alright, you ready for some GOOD stuff? This is one of my favorite posts of this season. It has to do with a little southern California theme park called Knott's Berry Farm. It used to have the tag line "Old Time Adventures".
Every day this week I will take a look back at this great park as it was back in the late 70's and early 80's, back when the park was full of charm, history and great themed sections. This look back will contain, post cards, brochures, articles, park history facts, photos and video from my personal collection, souvenir books, maps and just random momentos.

I know a lot of you our there have great passion for this park, as do I. This is the park I grew up going to and if contains one of my favorite coasters (and my TPR screen namesake) MonteZOOMa's Revenge. I sure great memories will be sparked as you see pictures of the Corkscrew, Sky Jump, Flying Machine, Propeller Spin, Motor Cycle Chase and of course Knott's Berry Tales.

Lets start with some random bits and pieces from the park as it looked in the 70's.

"Knott's Old Time Adventures"
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Adventurers' Club was a way to get discout admission. But who needs a discount off $5.00?
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all the great attractions in the Roarin 20's area and the Airfield section have been completely erased from the park.
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Knotts used to operate on a ticket system similar to Disneyland.
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A ticket attractions
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B ticket attractions
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C ticket attractions. I had completely forgotten about the Tijuana Taxi
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D ticket attractions. I guess Disney owned the market on "E tickets"
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Special event at Knotts. I love the Montezooma's artwork
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The Old Time Adventure Logo. Three simple and well done theme areas. Ghost Town, Fiesta Village & Roaring 20's. Life was simple back then...
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The Grapevine was an employee newsletter. This edition is such a find not only because it announces the transition of the Cycle Chase to Soap Box Racer, but take a look at the last page...How scary is that?
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The rendering of what the Soap Box Racers would look like.
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This is a find. OJ simpson visits Knott's. Go figure, he is holding a gun, who knew he would end up with more knife skills...
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They used this as a marketing. Today this would be marketing suicide!
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Mormon night at Knott's. I bet beer sales where really low during this event.
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great attraction artwork on these group flyers.
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Maybe these postcards should be posted over in Mark's Postcard Paradise, but they are not Scary...
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Knott's was such a beautiful park back then.
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Early MonteZOOMa's Revenge.
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an early park map and show guide from 1978.
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What a celebrity line up: Pat & Debby Boone. Also the park prepares for a new event called "Halloween Haunt"
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So many shows, so many things to do...so many great Knott's memories. Don't miss El Cinema Grande.
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To me, this map shows Knott's at its greatest time!
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Postby montezooma » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:32 am

Knott's Berry Farm
Brochures & Park Maps

Here are some early brochures and park maps. Because Knott's is not a seasonal park and operates year round they did not print up new brochures each year. So it is hard to say what year of these brochures comes from.

I'll leave all my comments to the captions. Please discuss them demise of Knott's :cry:

-Shane
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1979 brochure. I love the cover of this brochure. It really captures Knott's in its best years
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great park map. The parachute tower was quite an icon for the surrounding area. The neutered version sucks!
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Knott's great themed sections! Each shown here with their attractions. I have to say Montezooma's Revenge is my favorite.
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the History. Knott's was full of history at one time. Seems like all that has been lost with the corporatization. Is that a word?
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WOW imagine that. They take credit cars and the offer plenty of FREE parking. what a concept.
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Corkscrew, Cycle Chase, Sky Jump...R.I.P. Park Map from 1979
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It really was a quaint little park, full of atmosphere & charm.
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Yum, boysenberry pie. and they had the BEST mexican food in Fiesta Village.
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Archery, Mexican Whip, Tijuanna Taxi, Propellar Spin...R.I.P. Hey where is Knott's Berry Tales?
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more History. Shame a park with so much history is now nothing more than a strip mall amusement park.
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This brochure cover is coaster porn for me!
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Corkscrew, Sky Jump, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs...R.I.P. I do love the shot of the Corkscrew and Sky Jump!
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Big Foot Rapids must have been new this year. I never really got the connection with Big Foot. I think they could have don something better and tied it into Ghost Town
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Tampico Tumbler, un-pierced Loop...R.I.P.
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This map is from the year that Mystery Lodge opened...anyone know what year that was?
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Grand Slammer, Dolphin Show...R.I.P. Welcome dumb new theme areas: Wild Water Wilderness & Indian Trails
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Hammerhead was a well themed flat ride that was soon replaced once Cedar Fair took over.
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Knott's really goes off course with this ride and the re-theme of the airfield section. The Sky Jump looks like a big roll of Life-Savers.
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Even though I am not a fan of the addition of the Boomerang, I do like this color much better than the eyesore it is today.
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on this map you can see another one of Knott's bad additions, the XK-1. Also notice that Mystery Lodge has not been added. This map comes from 1991
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This is the back of one of the maps. I am still not sure what to make of this attraction????? I think Knott's went through a eco-friendly phase that left us with some really strange attractions and themed areas.
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Postby RIP Psyclone » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:35 am

An employee of Cedar Point didn't understand how the late 70s/early 80s could have been the best time for Knott's since it was comparatively lacking in coasters, but we know why! Great stuff, as usual, and I'm looking forward to more Knott's stuff. That O.J. Simpson ad was too much!

PS: This might be a good time to repost your Knott's video with the Heaven 17 song.

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Postby montezooma » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:40 am

Yes, I will repost that as well as another video that includes XK-1 and a POV of Wacky Soap Box Racers.
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Postby Big Mike » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:52 am

SHANE!!!

You are going to post updates every day????

How is The Big Mike Road Show ever going to pass you when you show this much dedication??? :)

Grrrrrr!


Peace, Big Mike
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Postby montezooma » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:12 pm

Big Mike wrote:SHANE!!!

You are going to post updates every day????

How is The Big Mike Road Show ever going to pass you when you show this much dedication??? :)

Grrrrrr!


Peace, Big Mike


Oh Big Mike...this is not a competition...it is all about sharing the love.

Yes everyday this week I will be sharing a treasure trove of goodies from Knott's. This will be a big week for the Attic, you may want to hold off on your updates until next week when I will be running something from Intamin. Oh wait, that may be huge too!

Anyways, Good Luck! -GAME ON!
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Postby Holtskee » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:42 pm

I love this old Knott's stuff. In a way it seems like the park use to be the west coast equivalent of Silver Dollar City.

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