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Apr032012

Knott's Berry Farm - Behind The Scenes PhotoWalk

A few days ago we were invited to a special behind the scenes photowalk at Knott's Berry Farm.  The theme park wanted to bring in some of orange county's local photographers and bloggers to take a peek at what goes on behind closed doors.  They offered a simple challenge - take great pictures and share them on social media.  The person that does the best job of making their content social wins 2 free annual passes to Knott's Berry Farm.  Sounds like fun right?

IT TOTALLY WAS!  Not only did we learn a lot about the history of Knott's, but we also got to meet a lot of cool photographers and bloggers from the area.  We had the opportunity to wander the park with tour guides before the park opens, giving us complete freedom in creating and capturing.  It was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had honestly.  Truly special.

Here's a shot from outside the park as we wait for them to let us in.

As you can see, there is no one inside the park except for a few working individuals.

The pastries at this bakery are RIDICULOUS.  I had no idea they had such amazing food at Knott's.

Every few minutes, someone would be zooming by in one of these carts.

This is Tammy.  Yes I am married to this beautiful woman.

Our park host Jennifer explains here how much she LOVES photography and used to shoot and develop her own film.  Now I know why we were all invited.  It's because of people like Jennifer's appreciation for the craft.

And now for our tour of the bakery.  Be warned.  Do not proceed if you are hungry.

Below you'll see Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery taking some pictures of their cream puffs.  She is a big Knott's fan and has previously worked with them.  Check out her site here.

I nearly fainted when I saw these cinnamon rolls come out of the oven!

This is Lala from GigaSavvy interviewing me about my thoughts on the bakery.  I think I said "boysenberry" like 5 times.

They showed us the decor storage area where they keep all the costumes and decorations for the park.  It's an overwhelming amount of items ranging from lanterns to severed heads for halloween.

My favorite part of the entire tour HAD to be the Roundhouse.  This is where they house and maintain their fully working steam locomotives.  The engineers that work here are all real.  They aren't "cast members", but really know how to operate and fix a train.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for these trains is amazing.

We had the chance to meet the wonderful Michelle Carrillo of The Suitcase Studio.  This is her getting some shots from inside the train.

I spoke to this engineer Jeff for a brief moment.  He's been working at Knott's for 19 years.  I got the feeling that he truly loves his job.  Come to think of it, that's how it felt like with everyone we met at Knott's.  We loved this about the park, and plan to return with our kids soon.

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Reader Comments (6)

Whoa, rad you got to see the place this way! I used to go there all the time when I was a kid, I think your photos have put it on the list for this year :)

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ Shoda

Thanks Jeramie. It's definitely on our agenda to return multiple times. Might as well since it's so close by...

April 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterDez & Tam

Gorgeous photos!

April 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeil

Wow those are cool!

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlbert

WOW!!! I was the Manager of the Visual and Park Decorating Department a long time ago. I came across your pix, and there is a pic of something I designed. The XXV Years of Fears Halloween Haunt sign. It's still hanging around.

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Thanks Ed! yup it's still hanging in the decor warehouse. Great work on that. It must have been a blast working there. Thank you for stopping by!

April 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterDez & Tam

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