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    Starcade
    Old Skateboarder

  • Starcade
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    After a near 30 year hiatus from going to Knott's my family got passes and have been going once or twice a month and here are some tips we have realized the we wish we knew the first time we went back:

    - Go early the first couple of hours the entire park is often walk on ( minus Ghost Rider )

    - If Ghost Rider is less than 45 minutes wait take advantage of it, this ride is always the longest wait in the park.

    - If the wait for Log Ride is more than 30 minutes skip it. when the line gets long the Fastlane line also gets busy amplifying the standard wait times often ballooning it to almost double what it was when you got in line.

    - Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant...worth it!

    - Check out all the stores there is far more different selection from store to store than DLR.

    - Look into each nook and cranny especially in the ghost town as there are lots of hidden gems in there.

    - Jaguar is excellent for anyone in your party that is roller coaster aversive. For hardcore coaster fans though as my daughter put it "this is a joke".

    - You will not get as wet on the Log Ride as Splash Mtn. (the logs at Knott's are better designed). However Calico River Rapids is just as soaking as Grizzly River Rapids at DCA.

    - There is plenty of seating but a lot of it is along paths and common areas not necessarily in front of food vendors. If you see a food place you like go ahead and order and even if surrounding seats are full, likely around the corner there empty tables and benches.

    - The coffee at the bakery near Ghost Rider is horrible however coffee across from Berry Tales is good.

    - Get a pass, the annual pass currently costs less than a single day at DLR and pays for itself after 2 visits!

    - Get a Funnel Cake at least once.

    - Carnival games are more winnable then you would think. Look around and see how may people have won prizes lots of winners cruising the park.

    - Remember how cheap it cost to get in, do not feel rushed you can see everything in a day even with crowds.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
    While my wife and I prefer to stay at the Resort Hotel when we can, we have found that the Holiday Inn up on Beach to be quite satisfactory. The last time we were there was pre pandemic, the rooms were comparable to the rooms at the Resort for about half the price (this is apparently is fluid depending upon the time of the year). You could walk to the park, but that walk back is going to be a long one....
    Thanks!
    I noticed that Holiday Inn just north of the 91 last week and will consider that and a couple other hotels on Beach north of Knott's next year. The walk isn't THAT far to the Holiday Inn, and Porto's is on the way.

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  • Dutchman
    Member

  • Dutchman
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    While my wife and I prefer to stay at the Resort Hotel when we can, we have found that the Holiday Inn up on Beach to be quite satisfactory. The last time we were there was pre pandemic, the rooms were comparable to the rooms at the Resort for about half the price (this is apparently is fluid depending upon the time of the year). You could walk to the park, but that walk back is going to be a long one....

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    This most recent tip is a sad one and will hopefully become outdated by a return to excellence, but heads up, Micechatters: the Raddison near Knott's seems to have gone downhill dramatically. I used to really like this hotel, but my experience this year (and many recent reviews I've seen on Booking.com & Trip Advisor) have convinced me that it is now awful in many, many ways, thought the front desk people are still very nice.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    This 5.5-year-old thread hasn't been updated in 3 years.

    Knott's fans, please share some new tips.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

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    jcruise86
    former CM
    Last edited by jcruise86; 09-06-2021, 08:02 PM.

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    New tip: Check out The Cauldron!
    Early this year a former Knott's Scary Farm creative director opened a witchcraft themed bar right across the street on Beach Blvd (enter the parking lot from Las Palmas). Good food. Good drinks. It's the perfect place to meet up and have a few drinks/bites before a night at the Haunt. Some staff members have indicated to me that they are considering having some special offerings/events with Haunt tie-ins (after I suggested they do a midnight breakfast buffet like Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant used to).

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  • leopardchucks
    Riff Raff, Street Rat

  • leopardchucks
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    Originally posted by deadwinterskies View Post

    Another bit of ammo for your cause: if you buy/renew your season passes early enough (I think the cutoff is usually late October) you can return (or bring a friend if renewing) once in the current calendar year for free.
    I looked into it. You are correct! Not only would I get one free entry into the park, but any subsequent visit for the remainder of 2018 would only cost $14.99!

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by leopardchucks View Post
    We've been going to KNotts for xmas every year and each time, I try to convince the BF that it would probably be a little cheaper if we just sprang for season tickets (covering 2 trips on one pass if we time it correctly). Free drinks without a souvenir cup may be another tidbit in my arsenal to convince him this year.
    Another bit of ammo for your cause: if you buy/renew your season passes early enough (I think the cutoff is usually late October) you can return (or bring a friend if renewing) once in the current calendar year for free.

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  • leopardchucks
    Riff Raff, Street Rat

  • leopardchucks
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    Originally posted by deadwinterskies View Post

    You also can, like me, opt to not get a souvenir cup and instead get your "free" refills in regular cups.
    Cool! I had no idea that was option. Good to know! We've been going to KNotts for xmas every year and each time, I try to convince the BF that it would probably be a little cheaper if we just sprang for season tickets (covering 2 trips on one pass if we time it correctly). Free drinks without a souvenir cup may be another tidbit in my arsenal to convince him this year.

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by leopardchucks View Post
    Have you mentioned the refillable cups? Season passholders can purchase a cup for like 20 (maybe 25??) bucks and have it refilled all year long. Thats a pretty good deal.
    You also can, like me, opt to not get a souvenir cup and instead get your "free" refills in regular cups.

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  • leopardchucks
    Riff Raff, Street Rat

  • leopardchucks
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    Have you mentioned the refillable cups? Season passholders can purchase a cup for like 20 (maybe 25??) bucks and have it refilled all year long. Thats a pretty good deal.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    Originally posted by deadwinterskies View Post

    Get to the Haunt early and hit Infected and Trick or Treat first.
    DeadWinterSkies, it's August which means SCARY FARM IS NEXT MONTH!!!

    Some people including Micechat's own Dusty thought Scary Farm outdid Universal's Halloween Horror Nights last year. Can't wait to see what they offer this year. I liked how Scary Farm got away from all those upcharges last year & I hope they repeat that.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    Originally posted by deadwinterskies View Post

    This is no longer the case. It allows new pass holders to come (or renewing pass holders to bring a friend) ONCE in the current calendar year with a cutoff in mid-December.
    Thanks!

    And regarding you message in the post above this one, on Saturday night we got to Infected first when we were let in early after the Boo-fet, but others had the same idea and beat us there. The line attendants said they might be setting up for another 5 or 10 minutes so we went to Dark Ride and got in its short line. When we then returned to Infected there was NO line, and we were a party of two, which was fun. Then we went to VooDoo, which also had NO line.

    Thanks to the Knott's monsters for giving guests their full enthusiastic attention, even when there were just two of us. Last year I went to Red Barn and seemed to be the only guest in the maze, and the monsters went all out for me.

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Any new tips, anyone?
    Get to the Haunt early and hit Infected and Trick or Treat first.

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    [COLOR=#000000]Knott's [SIZE=20px]Season Pass might be the best theme park deal in S. Cal., especially in December when it gets you in and admits you during all four seasons of the following year.
    This is no longer the case. It allows new pass holders to come (or renewing pass holders to bring a friend) ONCE in the current calendar year with a cutoff in mid-December.

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Any new tips, anyone?
    Season pass holders get free parking at the Knott's Hotel when staying there.

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  • jcruise86
    former CM

  • jcruise86
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    Any new tips, anyone?

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  • deadwinterskies
    Fr. NOCC Attractions CM

  • deadwinterskies
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    Originally posted by THE1andonlyAUZ View Post
    Been going for a long time, and have tried the Boofet a couple times with disappointing results (the real benefit is early entry).
    The Prescare Boo-fet food is good enough and the fact that it's all-you-can-eat makes it a good value if you're someone with an appetite. But you're right; the early entry is the real reason to do it. The only time I've done the Prescare dinner and truly been disappointed was when they "opened the main gates" within 5 minutes of letting the Prescare patrons in (which has happened to me a few times).

    I love their Chocolate Cake Shake -- a full slice of chocolate cake blended into a vanilla shake.
    I don't have much of a sweet tooth so I haven't tried any of their shakes but I'm all about their giant $5 chalices of premium/seasonal beers.

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  • THE1andonlyAUZ
    Scary Farm Connoisseur

  • THE1andonlyAUZ
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    Originally posted by deadwinterskies View Post
    A new habit of mine has been to stop and eat at the Portillo's just a few blocks east of Knott's on La Palma on my way to or from the park (especially if I'm on a tight budget). Really good food at very reasonable prices. I'd suggest it for anyone looking to eat on the cheap.
    http://www.portillos.com/index.html
    YES! This is my Knott's Scary Farm tradition. Been going for a long time, and have tried the Boofet a couple times with disappointing results (the real benefit is early entry). We always go to Portillo's prior to heading to the park for Haunt. They are wonderful on the wallet and they have really good food. I love their Chocolate Cake Shake -- a full slice of chocolate cake blended into a vanilla shake.

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