Depends on if you are going on a weekday and what rides you like. I prefer the nostalgic part of the park, not the roller coasters. If you like the coasters, do those right away. Log ride is good to ride in the first 2 hours and it's right next to the calico mine train. I really like the Stunt Show and the kids area is worth a walk through, but not much to do if you don't have kids. I'd see a show in the Charles Schultz theater if there's one going.
Thanks Aashee, that's great advice, and a good place to get started. I think I will start in the back with the big coasters, then work my way toward Calico. I'm still solidifiying whether my one day at the park will be a Sunday or a Monday. Being a Disneylander at heart, I definitely want to take some time to enjoy the history and themeing. I have to admit, the last time I was at Knott's, Kingdom of the Dinosaurs was still around. I do miss that, and Bear-y Tales!
Oh good, a fellow old school Knott's fan! To be honest, 2 days probably isn't needed. Make sure you spend at least an hour in Ghost town. A lot of the coasters aren't even worth it like Boomerang and Pony express.
Plus, if I really want a coaster fix, I do live just up in Santa Barbara, and Magic Mountain is only an hour away. I just thought it would be fun to drive down, stay overnight, hit Knott's early and spend the day soaking it in for a change of pace. I love Disneyland, but I could use a break and a solo day at Knott's sounds fun. My close proximity is why the specific day is up in the air.
Any recommended foods? I may have to have some of the new-fangeled berry punch, but will avoid the chocolate bacon funnel cake!
Only drink the Boysenberry punch, that's a rule. The one food I really like in the park is a fry stand by Montezoomas & Supreme Scream that has garlic fries and blue cheese fries. It's damn good. Of course I always make it to Mrs. Knott's chicken house for dinner, that's great eats. They also opened a Pink's hot dogs outside of the park that is good for lunch.
Yum, sounds tasty. Yeah, the restaurant is definitely a tradition, and it always suprises me how good it actually is. I recall reading about the "berry" concentrate versus boysenberry punch, so I'll be cautious of that. Garlic or Blue Cheese fries do sound awfully tempting, so I'll put them on my list.
How does Mystery Lodge hold up after all these years?
Sounds good to me. Hey, I appreciate your kind advice. I have to head off to a meeting now (work, sheesh. MiceChat is much more productive!), but thank you for taking the time to reply to my thread. Let me know if you can think of any other not-to-miss treasures that have come to be in the last 15 years or so.
Thanks, Eric! How cool to have you respond to my posting. You're the real deal sir, but I knew that after I picked up a copy of Your and Chris' book, which I have savored! I'm looking forward to taking some time to really soak it all in. I was glad to see such great coverage of the book signing event, so I feel like I was there!
I'll drink a glass of boysenberry punch and have a slice of pie in your honor.
Thanks Geren! You rock! I'm glad you've got the Knott's Preserved book on hand to help guide your park visit. Take lots of pictures and please do share your trip review with us.
Boysenberry pie (mmmm, nice). If you're outside the park, pop into the Bakery in the California Marketplace. The chocolate chip cookies are fantastic and only cost $1.50. To be quite honest, I sometimes make the drive to Knott's just to walk the park and have those chocolate chip cookies.
I remembered one more thing that may interest you. Before there was a Ghost Town, Walter Knott built a few little amusements and vignettes for the folks waiting to eat at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Many of those little are gone, but a few remain tucked behind the Farm Market: the old mill wheel, George Washington's fireplace, and the fern grotto/rock garden. All date to the 1930s and have been encroached by the stores of the California Marketplace, but thankfully they are still there.