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Knott's Berry Farm plans history celebration on April 18

Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm

A special event is to be held at Knott's Berry Farm on April 18 to celebrate the launch of a new book about the history of the park and its attractions.

The event will be the only opportunity to purchase the book, Knott's Preserved, until it goes on general release in late May or early June. Authored by former Disney Imagineer Chris Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler, it aims to document the development of the park and its attractions from the late 1930s until the present day.

300 hardcover copies of the book will be available to purchase during a special book signing at Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant on Sunday, April 18. The authors, along with Tony Baxter (Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Disney Imagineering) will be present to sign copies, which will cost $40.

In addition to the book signing, which is free to attend, Knott's Berry Farm will also be running a ticketed event aimed at those interested in learning more about the park's history. Tickets for the event are available for $55 each, and the day will include:

  • All day from 8.45am - Historical tours of the park by Orange Country Historians Phil Brigandi and Chris Jepsen, with a particular focus on the Ghost Town area.
  • 3pm-4.30pm - Lecture by Chris Merritt on the early history of Knott's Berry Farm, in the Bird Cage Theater.
  • 5pm-7pm - Buffet dinner in the Chicker Dinner Restaurant.
  • 8pm-9.30pm - Panel discussion with former Knott's Berry Farm attraction designers in the Bird Cage Theater. Guests include Rolly Crump and Chris Crump (Knott's Bear-y Tales), Dean Davission (public relations 1958-76), John Waite (Halloween Haunt) and Eddie Sotto (Wacky Soap Box Racers).

A limited number of tickets are available for the event, and can be booked by mail or fax using a printable order form.

Knott's Preserved will feature over 200 photos depicting the development of Knott's Berry Farm's attractions, along with conceptual art and interviews with attraction designers. It is the result of over 20 years of research, and many of the featured photos and artworks were recovered from Knott's Berry Farm's archives after its sale to Cedar Fair in 1997.

The book can be pre-ordered via Amazon (hardcover and softcover) and Barnes & Noble (softcover only). Further background and photos can found on the book's official website.

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