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My first attempt at urban Archeology: Jungle Island
lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 12:09 pm   Permalink

This used to be Jungle Island, across the street from Knott's berry farm. Featuring odd animal scultures and even missionaries being boiled in a pot by "natives". It had a train ride, and a boat ride, and many paths through a "jungle". It strikes me as a great place for some huge tiki event, as you can rent the area out for large parties or events.










 
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martiki
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Posted: 2008-12-01 12:17 pm   Permalink

That's a great idea- can you bring booze into the farm?

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 12:55 pm   Permalink

It's an area for private events. Next time I go down there I will ask, but I think so. It is outside the theme park. The only draw-back is that if you drink, you would need a taxi, as the nearest hotels and motels are a bit of a walk. Not a huge walk, but down the street on beach. I figure if anyone organized an event, say with vending, food, an tiki bar, tiki torches to light the place up and bands like tikiyaki orchestra, Hula girls, exotiki, Martini Kings, King Kukulele, (hint hint!) it might be a really cool place. The whole thing is surrounded more or less by a "river", and the inside area, the "island" is really big. Two big A-frame open air structures, an A frame clubhouse (in my picture)bathrooms, chairs, tables, and pretty much cut-off from the non-tiki riffraff walking out or in from knotts.

I was looking across the "river" and my thoughts were: There is Quiet Village, right in front of me!

Maybe the name for my ficticious event is "QUIET VILLAGE '09"


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-12-01 12:58 pm   Permalink

Very cool, didn't know this still existed!

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 1:33 pm   Permalink

Thanks!

Turns out Tangaroa had some info on this, but alas, the pictures he posted are all gone...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=8541&forum=6&vpost=85875

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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 1:37 pm   Permalink

Dang....I was Tiki Mick back in 2004....I should have searched this topic, but I honestly had forgotten all about it!

 
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-12-01 2:24 pm   Permalink

Wow....

This place look great. I've brought up the idea of having a traditional style Luau, with people sitting at tables on the ground, and Luau food, bands, hula dancers etc

This would be ideal. It almost looks like the Coco Palms from "Blue Hawaii"

This place would be great for a full on Tiki Luau.

I'm totally up for helping put this together.

Let's do it.









 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 2:35 pm   Permalink

I am totally into it! The place does not look like much during the daytime, but at night, with the torches and the sounds of drums pounding...it could be incredible!

My next excursion will be to paradise point, San Diego (used to be Vacation Village) to document another vintage fake Jungle!


 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2008-12-01 3:31 pm   Permalink

Get this! A man that I know here in Turlock said back in the 50's there was an alligator farm very near to Knott's. They started disappearing (walked away) and the State shut them down. I kid you not, true story. I wonder if this is the place.

Knock knock
Who's there?
Candygram


 
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Psycho Tiki D
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Posted: 2008-12-01 3:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-12-01 15:31, Jungle Trader wrote:
Get this! A man that I know here in Turlock said back in the 50's there was an alligator farm very near to Knott's. They started disappearing (walked away) and the State shut them down. I kid you not, true story. I wonder if this is the place.

Knock knock
Who's there?
Candygram



Nope, this isn't the place (although there may be some sneaky alligators lurking in the ponds). The Alligator Farm was located across the street, north of Knotts Berry Farm, behind the huge pottery store. There used to be overflow parking for Knott's next to the Alligator Farm. Jungle Island was/is located on the east side of Knott's by Independence Hall. I wonder if they still have all of the carvings there?

My dad used to take us to the Alligator Farm. I'm not at all surprised to hear the alligators walked away.

http://www.octhen.com/2006/02/alligator-farm-in-buena-park.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHc4y9niT2Q

PTD

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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 3:55 pm   Permalink

Absolutely correct. And a few miles further to the north was the ultimate theme park, Japanese village and deer park.

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-01 4:00 pm   Permalink

And funny, but the other thread mentioned 1000's of chickens. (Now we know what attracted those naughty alligators!) I was there this weekend, and I counted at least 75 roosters and hens. But not on the island. Only in the area around it, near Independance hall.

Here is a tip for anyone that wants to explore this area without paying the parking (10 bucks). Just park at the north west corner of the Buena Park mall (by sears) and walk over to La Palma. Just before beach is an exit (with those tire damage knobs) and walk behind soak city to this area.


 
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Jungle Trader
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Posted: 2008-12-01 4:00 pm   Permalink

Well that's a no-brainer where the gators went......deer park.

 
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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2008-12-02 07:55 am   Permalink

Don't forget about Enchanted Village, which was South Pacific themed, and had quite a few tikis in and around. It was built on Japanese Deer park after JDP went defunct. It had alot of trained animal shows, a traditional styled polynesian show and literally a few rides. The enviroment was immense and lush, and being there as a kid was almost like being in disneyland. They even had theme park characters walking around, but reminded me more of the stoned/hippie "Banana Splits" characters from what I recall. Well, it was the 70's, afterall!
http://www.octhen.com/2006/08/enchanted-village.htm

Great find, and I would think it would make for a good springtime artshow/polyswap meet and greet with music and food being served throughout the day/evening...Use some red, blue and green parcans for the evening lighting...Ehh you know what I'm talking about!

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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2008-12-02 08:51 am   Permalink



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