The 2,100-seat John Wayne Theatre (now the Charles M. Schulz Theatre) opens on June 19. California Governor Ronald Reagan and John Wayne himself preside over the celebrity-filled opening ceremonies, which The Knotty Post employee newsletter describes as “the biggest event ever held on the Farm.”
Knott’s transforms itself into Knott’s Scary Farm for its first-ever Halloween Haunt® the world’s first amusement park Halloween promotion. The event remains the industry standard, breaking attendance records every year.
Cordelia Knott dies on April 23 at the age of 84.
The Corkscrew, the world’s first 360-degree roller coaster, opens as the centerpiece of the Roaring 20’s themed area. Another highlight of Roaring 20’s is Knott’s Bear-y Tales, a fantasy dark ride featuring the Bear-y family.
The 20-story Sky Jump and Sky Cabin – patterned after an attraction at New York’s Coney Island – provide a breathtaking new addition to Roaring 20’s. The new attraction helps make July 4, 1976 the biggest attendance day in Knott’s history to that point.
Knott’s opens its second roller coaster, Montezooma’s Revenge, in Fiesta Village. The ride takes riders from 0 to 55 mph in five seconds.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".