Tuesday, October 21, 2008

O.C. theme park historical update (& Seal Beach)

Here's a full-page ad for Knott's Berry Farm from the 1962 Garden Grove High School Argonaut. Not a one of these four attractions still exists. (Yes, I'm still milking this great yearbook for all its worth.)
The ad reminds me that there is now yet another local theme park history blog, called Let's Talk Knott's. I'm looking forward to seeing it take shape.
Speaking of theme parks, the Register recently ran an interview with Disneyland's first "Ambassador," Julie Riehm-Casaletto. Some of you will remember how Walt Disney introduced Julie on the same television program in which he introduced the Pirates of the Carribean, it's a small world, and the Haunted Mansion.
Also, Daveland has a great feature on the old dioramas at Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Imagineer Chris Merritt and company are working hard to restore the original walk-through scenes while adding some new twists.
And finally, a bit of non-theme-park historical news for today: The Seal Beach Historical Society now has a new website. Go take a look for yourself.


outsidetheberm said...

Love that Knott's ad.

It's amazing what kind of gems you sometimes find in old yearbooks.

Mandy said...

How sad am I that the old haunted shack where the used to do tours and use kids in the audience as test subjects is gone. :(

Yes. They used me as a test subject at 5 years old.