Knott’s Berry Farm Celebrates the Merriest Season of all with an all New Food and Retail Experience with Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm
WHAT: Off the heels of Knott's successful new “Taste” experiences, Knott's Berry Farm is excited to announce a new seasonal food and retail event, this time celebrating the merriest season of all, with Knott's Taste of Merry Farm. While the theme park remains closed, Christmas spirit still shines bright this year with holiday charm brimming out of every corner of the park, as Knott's wondrously transforms with enchanted décor, thousands of twinkling lights, miles of festive garland, and a variety of picturesque holiday settings, all serving as a backdrop to the tastiest holiday foods around. With over 60 unique food and drink items offered on the tasting card, guests can choose from popular flavors of the season like Fully Loaded Turkey Dinner Tater Tots and Comet’s Cinnamon Bun with a Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans, plus options for all dietary preferences. Guests can take care of their holiday shopping at Knott's one-of-a-kind stores filled with exclusive Knott's specialty items or discover rare, handmade, and personalized gifts from over 23 artisan local crafters, including Knott's famous glassblower and chainsaw carver.
Knott's Taste of Merry Farm will take place on select dates beginning November 20th through January 3rd.All Knott's Taste of Merry Farm activities will be conducted at a safe and socially distant space for families to enjoy.
The only way to experience the limited time Knott's Taste of Merry Farm is with a tasting card purchased in advance at knotts.com (a tasting card is required for event entry). Scheduled dates are November 20-29, December 4-6, December 11-13, December 18-24, December 26-30, and January 1-3.Adult tasting cards (ages 12+) are priced at $40 (plus tax) and will include five food tastings, and Junior tasting cards (ages 3-11), including three food tastings, are $20 (plus tax). Tasting cards are date specific and must be purchased online at knotts.com or through the Knott's Berry Farm mobile app prior to the date of visit. Knott's Taste of Merry Farm hotel packages are also available at Knotts.com. In order to manage proper physical distancing of guests, Knott's Taste of Merry Farm tasting cards will be limited each day and may sell out.
HOW: As Knott’s Berry Farm continues to follow state, local and CDC health guidelines, these are the continued safety measures and operational changes we have established to ensure the safety of our guests:
· Tasting cards are limited each day to ensure proper physical distancing
· Upon arrival, guests will be required to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
· All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Merry Farm or the Knott's California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while sitting at a table or bench to eat
· Frequently touched surfaces are disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets
· Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing
· Seating is spaced out throughout the Taste of Merry Farm event footprint
· Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area
· All associates will be screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work
· Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene
· Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations
· Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity Queue lines outside of store locations are marked with six-foot markers where needed.
For all details regarding Taste of Merry Farm and the park’s current health and safety screenings, please visit knotts.com.
WHEN: Scheduled dates are November 20-29 , December 4-6, December 11-13, December 18-24, December 26-30, and January 1-3 /General Event Hours: 12pm to 9pm, Select dates event hours: 12pm to 8pm: November 29, December 6, December 13, December 24 and January 3
WHERE: Knott’s Berry Farm - 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
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Venlo, the Netherlands – About just six months ago Lagotronics Projects has been commissioned to develop, produce, and install a new and very exciting interactive walkthrough for Movie Park Germany. The walkthrough attraction has some unique features and makes use of custom developed and innovative interactive soft- and hardware. It is time to chase some ghosts and unravel the ‘Secrets of St. Elmo’.
Secrets of St. Elmo
The new attraction has just opened together with the largest Halloween Event in Europe which takes place every year in Movie Park Germany. The ‘Secrets of St. Elmo’ is an exciting interactive walkthrough in which guests slip into the role of a ghost hunter and accompany the young ghost Adeen to finally free the town and the saloon of St. Elmo from his evil powers.
140 years ago, a mine disaster left the place in ruins. In this walkthrough, the guests not only discover the mysterious history of St. Elmo, but also discover a well-kept secret that threatens the mission and raises the all-important question: who has good blood and who has bad blood? Be aware: ghosts appear everywhere!
The interactive experience takes place in the former premises of the licensed attraction ‘The Walking Dead Breakout’. Mark Beumers, CEO of Lagotronics Projects explains: “In this existing building we have realized a very unique and innovative interactive walkthrough in just 6 months. It was a great challenge to come up with a new idea within this tight project schedule. With a great new storyline combined with interactives and great effects, we have certainly succeeded in this task. For me it shows that we have a loyal and flexible team with an enormous amount of knowledge and perseverance, to be able to reach this result.”.
Thorsten Backhaus, Managing Director of Movie Park Germany, shares this opinion: “We are very pleased to be able to offer our guests a new interactive experience and let them become part of the story of the abandoned US ghost town St. Elmo. In detailed scenes, visitors go on a ghost hunt and discover the great secret of St. Elmo. Thanks to its theming, the attraction fits in perfectly with our western area and enriches it with a new family experience. We would like to thank the entire Lagotronics Projects team for the good cooperation and the creative input with which this project was implemented."
A first of its kind interactive walkthrough
What makes this walkthrough so special is the use of live actors, pepper’s ghosts, and a custom-made interactive system. The live actors and pepper’s ghosts optimize the guest experience by means of adding excitement and entertainment. Some live actors guide, direct and trigger the guests in order to ultimately unravel the riddle. Others scare guests throughout the attraction. In the end a live actor plays the role of Adeen in a pepper’s ghost. Located in a separate room, the actor can see and hear the guests, and personally speak to them and surprise them.
Custom-made interactive system
The most impressive part of this attraction is the use of a custom made and innovative interactive system.
For this walkthrough attraction a custom shooter has been designed and developed. The shooter is wireless, battery powered, light weight and has an ergonomic design. Also new features have been included in the software to enable the use in a walkthrough attraction, with many changing targets in all scenes.
Ghost projections, hidden targets and SFX
The attraction has implemented two types of targets: ghost projections and hidden targets. The ghost projections appear throughout the entire walkthrough. The hidden targets are clues to eventually unravel the riddle. The live actors, which are operators of the park, help the guests discover those hidden hints. When guests hit the hidden targets, special effects are triggered like a moving branch, shutters that open and blacklight that reveals secret clues. Furthermore, scent and sound effects help to completely immerse guests into the story. With every hidden clue that is unraveled, the guests are one step closer to solving the mystery of what happened 140 years ago in St. Elmo.
Furthermore, the attraction features a scoring system to keep track of each individual players score. For each target that has been hit players collect points. The (high)scores are displayed on a large monitor at the end of the attraction.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2020) – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park just welcomed a baby white rhinoceros to the family, boosting efforts to save the magnificent and endangered species.
After a 16-month pregnancy, the male calf weighing approximately 150 pounds was born to mom Kendi, who was the first rhino born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom back in 1999. This birth marks the 11th white rhino calf born at Walt Disney World Resort.
Calf and mother are doing well under the keepers’ watchful eyes. While rhinos are gregarious by nature; for now, the calf is resting, nursing and bonding with his mom.
The yet-to-be-named rhino is expected to join the “crash” – the term for a group of rhinos – on the theme park’s savanna in the coming weeks. Guests aboard the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction will then have a chance to see the calf in its habitat.
Kendi was paired with dad Dugan through one of the Species Survival Plans overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species.
The animal care team is also caring for two other rhinos expected to give birth in 2021. This is especially significant, as white rhinos – the world’s second largest land animal – are an endangered species with a near-threatened status.
For more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World Resort, visit WDWNews.com.
Janine Durette Named New Park President for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Hurricane Harbor Concord
VALLEJO, Calif. — October 23, 2020 — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, today announced the appointment of Janine Durette as its new park president. Durette will also oversee operations for the Hurricane Harbor Concord waterpark. Durette has been with Six Flags since 2012, and brings over 30 years of experience in various industries across Canada. She most recently served as park president of the Six Flags-operated La Ronde theme park, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
“Janine’s outstanding team leadership style, combined with her strategic mindset and deep-rooted love for animals, will serve both the Discovery Kingdom team and the Northern California market extremely well,” said Six Flags Senior Vice President of Park Operations Bonnie Weber. “She has hit the ground running and will have an immediate impact as we continue to reposition our company for future growth.”
“I’m incredibly thrilled to join the exceptional and passionate team at both parks,” said Durette. “The unique product combination that Discovery Kingdom offers has consistently made the park the Northern California leader in thrills, innovation, and family fun with even more exciting things to come.”
Durette succeeds Don McCoy, who was named park president for Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California in August.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is currently open with limited capacity and without rides for its new Halloween event, BOO 2020! and The Marine World Experience.
About Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Hurricane Harbor Concord
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, is home to more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including 11 world-class roller coasters like Medusa and BATMAN: The Ride. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord, Northern California’s Most Thrilling Waterpark, features more than 22 rides and attractions like The Big Kahuna and Break Point Plunge. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Hurricane Harbor Concord are the premier destinations for thrilling, family fun.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 59 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
The Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort in California will extend to Buena Vista Street, offering more dining and shopping experiences later in November. Among the guest favorite shopping and dining locations are Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, Trolley Treats, Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge and Smokejumpers Grill. For updates on the latest shopping and dining experiences, visit the Disney Parks Blog. (Disneyland Resort)