Buena Park , CA – The story of Buena Park dates back to the summer of 1887 when a gentleman by the name of James Whitaker submitted a plan with the County of Los Angeles to form the town site of Buena Park .  At that time Buena Park was primarily an agricultural area with avocado trees, orange groves, and lima bean fields.  

It Started With A Berry

The Knott family was one of the early landowners in Buena Park .  An interest in berry grafting led Walter Knott and his neighbor, Rudolph Boysen, to create a new, incredibly delicious berry in 1932. This was accomplished by crossing the blackberry, the red raspberry and the loganberry.  The result – the boysenberry – became world-renowned.  The Knott family then decided to make preserves from boysenberries and sell them to passing travelers at their roadside berry stand located on Highway 39 ( Beach Boulevard ) – the main road from the beach to Los Angeles .  

The First Light On Beach Boulevard

As the berry stand grew in popularity, Walter’s wife Cordelia began serving chicken dinners to hungry travelers.  So popular were the dinners that waits of more than one hour were not uncommon.  To give his guests something to do while they were waiting, Walter bought or constructed exact replicas of buildings from California ’s early ghost towns and placed them in the area around the restaurant.  These were the humble beginnings of Knott’s Berry Farm as known today.  Over the years, the Knott family developed this outstanding attraction into the third most popular amusement park in America .  In December of 1997, after 78 years of ownership by the Knott family, Knott’s Berry Farm was acquired by Cedar Fair, L.P., owners and operators of family- oriented amusement and entertainment park complexes coast to coast.  

The Birth of Entertainment in Buena Park

Over the years Buena Park has made great strides in creating a diverse entertainment area which offers a fine selection of hotels, restaurants, and themed attractions.  One of the earliest arrivals was Movieland Wax Museum, opening in 1962. Movieland presented one of the first movie-themed attractions and, until its closure in October of 2005, housed over 300 celebrity wax figures displayed in 115 crafted sets.  Today visitors delight in the magic of spectacular pageantry and feasting at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.  1900 Brought the opening of Ripley’s “Believe It or Not!”, an exciting exhibit of the most astonishing facts gathered worldwide by the famous explorer Robert L. Ripley.  In June of 2000, Buena Park welcomed Knott’s Soak City, a separately gated, 13-acre water adventure park featuring 21 water rides and attractions colorfully themed to California surf towns of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  In late 2005,  Pirate's Dinner Adventure opened its doors to transport its guests back to the 1800’s, when pirates ruled the high seas, for its one-of-a-kind show and dinner experience.  

The Fun Goes On and On

There will always be new and exciting things happening in Buena Park as the attractions, hotels, and restaurants continue to enhance their properties and services, and as new facilities open.   For more information on Buena Park , write the Buena Park Convention and Visitors Office at 6601 Beach Boulevard, Suite 200 , Buena Park , CA 90621-2904 , call 800/541-3953 from the U.S.A. or Canada , call 714/562-3560 from other international locations, or e-mail tourbp@buenapark.com .You can also visit their website at www.visitbuenapark.com.