This week (Thurs.,June 10th) the Orange County Historical Society is hosting its annual summer luau meeting. The main event of the evening will be Chris Jepsen's presentation on the history of Orange County tiki. In keeping with that theme, I present what's left of Jungle Island in Buena Park, California. I imagine Chris will share some fantastic images and stories from this place from back in the day. So, today I will only share some pictures of its current status.
Great clash of architectural styles (colonial vs. tiki)
Jungle Island is part of Knott's Berry Farm and has since closed as an attraction, but I remember as a kid, my sister and and I exploring this tropical playground when we still lived in adjacent Anaheim. Knott's has since redeveloped this portion of their property into the Soak City water park and an area with pavillions to rent out (four of them designed with a Polyneisan flair) for private parties. Independence Hall is still there and you can see what's left of JI behind (the lagoon and lush landscaping remain).
The landscaping and the lagoon around the property make this place a incredible tropical oasis in the center of the urban jungle of Southern California.
See you Thurs. night at Don the Beachcombers!