Friday, April 23, 2010

A Little Bit O' Knott's (Preserved)

Well, I'm still on a Knott's "high" after Sunday's "Knott's Preserved" event. The day was truly wonderful. I would love to see Knott's do more events like this in the future. Unfortunately, after arriving at the Farm that morning, I realized I had left my camera's memory card at home, so what I was left with was just the camera's internal memory which allowed me to take only a few photos. In a way it was kind of liberating. I just gave up on the idea of being able to photograph the entire day, and relaxed and enjoyed the tours, panel discussions and most importantly...meeting and hanging out with fellow bloggers! For me, that part was almost surreal. These are the people that inspired me to start my own blog almost two years ago and now I was actually meeting them in person!

Rather than give a detailed description of the days events without photos, I am going to refer everyone to Daveland for a fantastic, multi-part photo tour of the day (and check back with him because I believe there are more parts still to least I'm hoping!), and also Vintage Disneyland Tickets for a complete posting of the day's handouts and paper items. I'm going to go ahead and post the six photos that I did take that day......and here they are:

The sign above was posted outside of the Chicken Dinner Restaurant for the event's "all you can eat" buffet dinner (which actually came later in the day.)

First up on the agenda was getting to meet Chris Merritt and Eric Lynxwiler and have them sign their book! Chris Merritt is on the far right, and that's Steve Knott (Walter & Cordelia's grandson) in the middle. Tony Baxter (far left) wrote the forward to the book and he was also signing that day.

These three figures from the old Knott's Bear-y Tales attraction had recently been brought out of storage and restored. They now reside in the old barn at the end of Main St. We were told that sometimes the old Knott's Bear-y Tales theme song plays too. I didn't hear it playing that day, but I might just have to go back and check it out again. I wish they would put more of the old Bear-y Tales Figures out on display! In the late eighties, the Camp Snoopy Funhouse was actually converted into the Bear-y Tales Playhouse and used quite a few of the Bear-y Tales figures. I'm not sure how long that attraction lasted, but I may have an employee newsletter with more info and photos. I will have to go digging for that!

Here are close-up shots of each figure.

I miss Knott's Beary Tales! The panel discussion that day included Rolly Crump and his son, Chris Crump talking about the designing and building of that great little dark ride. That certainly was a treat!
Well, that's it for today. I may need to do another Knott's post (or two) just to get Knott's "out of my system"!


Davelandweb said...

I'm really bummed I missed the Knotts Berry dark ride, especially after hearing the Crumps talk about it.

Dan Alexander said...

What great characters! Maybe someone the Bears' ride will get revived in some way. Looks like a fun event!

Dan Alexander said...

Whoops! That should be "Maybe someday"!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Awesome post! Nice photos of the Bear-y's! They could so easily revive this attraction, as we learned from Rolly himself, its not like it cost a ton of money or needs a team of designers and engineers! Why not revive some of the Roaring 20's theme? heck the big light up sigh is still there!!!

Major Pepperidge said...

Well Chris, you did better than me... I lugged my camera around all day with fresh batteries and a 4 gig memory card, and didn't take any photos!

Nancy said...

wish i could have been there!