In 1974, Marion Knott brought Disney Legend Rolly Crump on board to design the Knott's Bear-y Tales attraction for Knott's Berry Farm. Which at the time, started off as an idea by another designer, of a Boy and a Donkey traveling to the Fair. Later, Rolly would expand on this idea from the Gypsy Camp area of the park and the ride would become Knott's Bear-y Tales. Rolly embellished the charming animal designs while retrofitting it to Marion's changes.
Rolly Crump and his team at Design 27 and Fantasy Fair brought the magic he had from his time at Disney. He combined black light and incandescent spotlighting for the signs/characters/sets, layered the ceiling with colorful leaves and special effects that gave the ride magic. He created memorable characters that were unique to Knott's Berry Farm, assigned Robert F. Bruner to compose a soundtrack and helped to create the careers of people who would go on to do more projects within the theme park industry.
RIP Rolly Crump
Feb. 27, 1930 - March 12, 2023
Knott's Beary Tales, Return to the Fair
Knott's Berry Farm - Boardwalk Makeovers
A lot of progress to Knott's Bear-y Tales exterior!
Charles M. Schulz Theater has gotten a subtle face lift, fresh coat of paint.
The Speak Easy door looks fresh and has an updated audio message.
Here is a special announcement! Christopher Merritt and Eric Lynxwiler (Authors of Knott's Preserved) will be presenting a brand new book digging into the history of Rolly Crump's beloved Knott's Bear-y Tales ride! You will uncover never before seen photographs, stories, and complete documentation of the ride as if you're riding through it once again! Be on the look out for it sometime in 2021! Its gonna be very taking an extensive look on the Knott's Bear-y Line!
Taste of Fall-o-ween at Knott's Berry Farm
Lots going on at KBF even though the park is officially closed. Knott's has been very creative with their Taste of Calico features, opening up the CA Marketplace and outdoor tables for families to enjoy the both the food and the old west atmosphere.
Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween will take place select days September 25 - November 1. The only way to experience Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween is with a tasting card purchased in advance at knotts.com (a tasting card is required for event entry). Event hours will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 8 pm.
Regular tasting cards (ages 12+) are priced at $35 (plus tax) and will include five food tastings and Junior tasting cards (ages 3-11) are $20 (plus tax) and include three tastings plus a trip through the Camp Snoopy Trick-or-Treat Trail. 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. In order to manage proper physical distancing of guests, Knott's Taste of Fall-O-Ween tasting cards will be limited each day and may sell out.
The Berry Broiler is looking awesome as Bear-y Tales is soon to make its comeback!
Special delivery! 🐾 The Bear-y Factory pie truck has arrived. Ready to load up with fresh boysenberry pies. 🎪 On the all-new Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair 4-D interactive dark ride, you'll get to head into the factory and follow the Bear-y family to the fair.
A look at some of the Halloween decorations.
Of course Snoopy was out to greet visitors in his Dracula costume.
Exclusive Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween items! 🎃 The event shirt features your favorite Peanuts characters in their festive costumes, while the sparkling pumpkin spider pin is sure to catch your eye. 🕷️🕸️ Purchase your event shirt and pin combo online and save.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".