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  • Trip Report First time in 7+ years

    I've had a disney pass this past year but haven't been to Knotts in several years. My sister decided to get a SP so I did too (at $72 how could you not?) and I went yesterday to get the physical pass for a planned trip with my niece today. Parking was fine in the 3 hour lot, but lets just say I've been spoiled by Disney for everything else!


    Getting the actual pass was a breeze and took two minutes tops, but writing my name on it seemed so sketchy! I decided to walk around a little since it had been so long and thought it would be fun to do a coaster...only I can't do stairs due to a recent knee surgery and I didn't have a pass. They were kind enough to let me, but what a hassle for the workers to have to leave the loading dock and come escort people on the elevator! Unfortunantly I was denied riding due to having a wrist brace on from a recent surgery. I decided to head up to main information to get a pass and see what other restrictions they had...they gave me a pass that said I could go on the train, stagecoach, merry go round, and another train, that's it! I decided to call it a night and learned my lesson to just wrap my wrist for future trips!

    Today was fun but it's way different than disney with a young child! My niece is 15 months but my sister wanted to do some grown up rides so I was all ready to wait outside and do rider swap, but they actually have you take the kid through the line, onto the loading deck, then have one ride and one wait there with the kid, then hand off and have the next ride. It seems like there could be a lot of safety issues with that method.

    Overall, it'll be fine for my summer off of disney and it will be great with my niece, especially as she gets older, and I do love me some coasters, but it's not Disney!
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    Re: First time in 7+ years

    Agreed, it's not Disney in terms of ride mix overall and accessible attractions - but if you like historical aspects, I'd recommend next visit picking up a copy of the paperback historical photo book centering on the park (less expensive) or a copy of Knott's Preserved (a fine book and a lot of fascinating history, but more pricy) from the gift shop outside the park, read a little about the founding of the restaurant and of Ghost Town and the original amusements, and spend time wandering the 'original' side of the park: looking in shops, seeing the peek-ins, etc, and definitely see the Mystery Lodge show as well. A good time to be had still even without the coasters, for me, by viewing it as a historical experience/bit of theme park history and lingering to see details and design, the Western Trails museum exhibits, and noting the stuff Walter Knott himself wanted for the park or oversaw.
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    • #3
      Re: First time in 7+ years

      Knotts is one of those parks were you can do no rides and fell like you got your money's worth!
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      • #4
        Re: First time in 7+ years

        I'll have to look more into the history. We went frequently when growing up so it was crazy to see all the changes and new rides!
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        • #5
          Re: First time in 7+ years

          Originally posted by CassiefRN View Post
          I'll have to look more into the history. We went frequently when growing up so it was crazy to see all the changes and new rides!
          Indeed, I went there a good deal in the late 80's/early 90's, so first trip in the 2000's was kind of dismaying with the amount of new bare steel coasters and all. But a lot of good stuff still around the park, particularly Ghost Town, if you do a little digging An enjoyable way to spend a day, even more relaxing I think in many ways than Disneyland if approach it as a place more to 'explore' than to ride rides.
          when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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          • #6
            Re: First time in 7+ years

            We got passes in December and have only been 3 times as life continues to get in the way, much of the reason we decided not to renew our DL passes. Sadly, I'm still not feelin' it and having a real challenge enjoying a full day at the park.

            The Good:
            - Log Ride redux is amazing
            - Snoppy Unleashed was very fun
            - The Calico Mine Ride will always be a classic and I look forward to what it's refurb will bring
            - Food is decent and a bit more reasonable than DL. The refillable sippers are a must, especially for the free refills on day of visit and $.99 refills on future visits.
            - The Calico Saloon Show is a hidden treasure.
            - Ghost Town looks fantastic.
            - I can do the tamer coasters but only in moderation.

            The not as good:
            - Multiple rides down at various times. LR opened late, Xcelerator was down, Scrambler opened late, Coast Rider down, Mine ride down much of day. None of these were refurbs like Montezuma's Revengs.
            - The gang member-ish crowd. Cheap tix will bring in riff-raff and anyone who doesn't see that is blind. It's incredibly obvious, especially after years of going to DL. That's not to say everyone there is like that and it doesn't mean DL doesn't attract it but it's far less prevalent.
            - Overall boredom. This is a tough one as I think what really drives it is fewer sedate rides that my wife and I can enjoy when we no longer want to do the coasters. We never had that issue at Disneyland and could always find something we enjoyed, even if it was a relaxing ride on the Mark Twain or Colombia. We were struggling to figure out what to do next at Knott's.

            I grew up going to Knott's far more than Disneyland and I'm pretty bummed that I don't enjoy it the way I used to. Not sure we'll get AP's again next year though my kids, who generally enjoy Knott's, may have something to say about that. I think the park is much more tailored to their age and quite honestly I've been spoiled by so many great years at DL that it would be hard for any park to live up to those expectations.

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            • #7
              Re: First time in 7+ years

              Originally posted by mratigan View Post
              Knotts is one of those parks were you can do no rides and fell like you got your money's worth!
              Agreed....but I am still going on the rides. :P
              For the love of Disney....:yea:

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              • #8
                Re: First time in 7+ years

                A great place to find history on Knotts is the placemat when you eat at the chicken house. A year by year list of changes at the park. Plus you get to eat there!!

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                • #9
                  Re: First time in 7+ years

                  Nice report. I'm long overdue for a KBF trip. I haven't been since 2000 I believe. I've been to KSF, but not a regular KBF visit. We thought about buying season passes since they are so cheap, but I'm afraid that it will be so different (not in a good way) from what I remember it being that I might not enjoy it.

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                  • #10
                    Re: First time in 7+ years

                    Originally posted by moregumboplease View Post
                    Nice report. I'm long overdue for a KBF trip. I haven't been since 2000 I believe. I've been to KSF, but not a regular KBF visit. We thought about buying season passes since they are so cheap, but I'm afraid that it will be so different (not in a good way) from what I remember it being that I might not enjoy it.
                    The Log Ride alone is worth the pass.
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                    • #11
                      Re: First time in 7+ years

                      Originally posted by manifest View Post
                      The Log Ride alone is worth the pass.
                      I hear ya, that and the Mine ride are my two favorites there. I think me getting a Season Pass for KBF would be for nostalgia purposes. Love cruising around Ghost Town, the big train, etc. I'm not a fan of the big coasters and spin rides.

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