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  • Knotts - Where the Livin' Is Easy

    Struck me this weekend that in general, people seem relaxed and in a good mood at Knotts. While at Disneyland, with all that goes with it - crowds, expectations, costs, stress - this is often not the case.

    The place feels like a village where one goes with family for a modestly good time, at low cost. Disneyland is more Manhattan - lots more there, but you pay for it in many ways.

    Plus even with the roller coaster dominance at Knotts, much of it - Ghost Town, Calico Square (part of it), Bigfoot Rapids area, Camp Snoopy, the Marketplace - is very green, shaded, with lovely mature large trees (I love the pepper trees in Ghost Town).

    And to smaller children - the family thing - what Knotts has is often enough. This weekend and all October weekends they have Spooky Farm. Is it up to Disney's upcharge version? No. But it's very nice, with candy stations, Halloween themed entertainment, characters in Ghost Town in ghostly getups.

    Crowds outside of Spring break, Christmas week and major holidays are very reasonable.. Even Summer weekends aren't too bad.

    It's just a friendly, comfortable place to be, and you can see that in most of the people there.
    Last edited by Screwy Squirrel; 10-09-2017, 01:48 PM.

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    Yes, my family and I have been passholders at Knott's since 2013. We used to go 2-3 times a year to Disneyland, but we haven't been there in about two years now.

    On Saturdays, when we like to visit, it is crowded from maybe 10 am through the rest of the day, many of the people are stressed out, there seems to be a competitive mindset about fastpass vs. standby, beating people to get in line, finding a better place for the parade. It's just very tiring.

    I agree with all the positive things you have to say about Knott's Berry Farm. I also think the park still has a little bit of educational purpose, with little museums, the bug museum (which sadly has closed last summer), the California mission models, Independence Hall across the street, and a very active educational program with local schools.

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      SOmething about DIsneyland, people suddenly leave their manners and respect towards other at the front door. It is too spastic, overbearing and in a sense obnoxious. Knott's has a way about it that no one ever feels in a hurry, and it is like a walk in the park, so to speak.

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