BUENA PARK -- Knott's Berry Farm, California's oldest theme park,
plans to build an aquatic-themed park adjacent to the current one.
Planners project that the first phase of the proposed new Soak
City USA attraction will be completed in time for the summer
Soak City USA will have 21 water rides and attractions, catering
primarily to preteens and families, as well as a number of
restaurants and stores.
The announcement of a "second gate" is a further step in the
plans of Cedar Fair, Knott's Berry Farm's owner, to turn the park
into a fully integrated resort destination.
The company bought the park in December 1997 and followed that
up in February of this year by buying the nearby Buena Park Hotel,
which it is now renovating and will rename the Radisson Resort
It also has added several rides to the Knott's inventory,
including GhostRider, the West's longest and tallest wooden roller
coaster; the Supreme Scream, a free-fall thrill ride, and the
after-dark laser extravaganza Edison International Electric
According to general manager Jack Falfas, Soak City USA will
make Knott's "a multiday vacation destination resort for locals and
out-of-state visitors alike."
Knott's Berry Farm
Phone: (714) 220-5200
For hotel package information at the Buena Park Hotel, call
(800) 422-4444 in California or (800) 854-8792 out of state.