Tuesday, April 24, 2001 7:24 AM
OK, here's the situation. My wife and I are going to San Diego in June to visit her brother and sister-in-law. My wife has given me permission :) to drag them all along to an area park, but I'm having trouble deciding between SFMM and KBF. Here are the facts:
-I went to SFMM once before in 1998 when Riddler's Revenge was new. I haven't yet ridden Goliath or Flashback. I've never been to KBF.
-X won't be done by then. Deja Vu will be, but I will most likely get to ride it in July when I go to SFGAm.
-I *usually* prefer steel coasters, but I've only ridden two CCI's (the Villian and Twisted Sisters, the former of which I loved, the latter I thought was OK).
-I have a 6 Flags season pass.
SO my question is, do I drive an hour farther to get to SFMM, pay nothing at the gate, to ride one great looking steel coaster and a bunch of rerides? OR do I drive to KBF and pay $40 for several coasters I've never ridden, but may not like as much as Goliath? Or another option....Belmont Park? California Adventure? Help! :)
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 7:48 AM
Well, since you will be in San Diego, I think you should at least stop by Belmont Park and ride the Giant Dipper. It's worth a ride. Then go to Knott's Berry Farm. Since you've never gone there, by all means go! It's home to one of the best wood coasters in the world, possibly the best log flume in the world, one of the tallest freefall towers in the world, not to mention the best Schwarzkopf shuttle looper in the world. BTW, what day in June would you be going? Cuz' I'm going on the 9th. Maybe we could meet up or something.
Hoping your day is "freckashea"
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 8:24 AM
Go to Knott's. For one, you've never been there and 2 it's a lot closer. SFMM will likely be more crowded. Ghost Rider itself is a much better ride than half the rides as SFMM. Wait until the next trip for SFMM when they have the new coasters. If you're from the Midwest, MF is better and you're close enough to Dallas to take in Titan which will be a better ride than Goliath.
It's still not tall enough!!!!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 8:29 AM
I agree with the president's logic. Sit in the back on Ghostrider, and you will get much more intensity than on anything at magic mountain. Let me put it this way: Ghostrider is better than goliath IMO, and if that's all you haven't done (besides flashback, which is OK) by all means, go to Knott's. Not to mention Montezooma's, Supreme Scream, Perilous Plunge, and some wonderful flat rides, a boomerang, great log flume, etc...
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 9:09 AM
Sure, there's always Ghostrider :) , but what about Mrs. Knott's Restaraunt! I don't usually go for chicken, but it was so amazing I thought I was going to explode after eating so much, not to mention all the great boysenberry stuff.
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 10:04 AM
Mr. Bush said that Ghostrider "is a much better ride than half the rides as SFMM." I will one up that (and agree with saviourmachine) and say the GR is better than ALL
of the rides at SFMM. (Don't get me wrong, SFMM has plenty of great rides) KBF also has a MUCH better collection of flat rides, if you like that sort of thing.
Belmont Park is not really an "all day" kind of park. But, by all means, swing by and hit the Giant Dipper, it's a blast!
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 10:53 AM
I was avoiding a SFMM fight...
It's still not tall enough!!!!!
Thursday, April 26, 2001 10:59 AM
Please let me know when you'll be at San Diego and we'll meet you at the Dipper!
You don't provide any information about your wife and in-laws interests, but I would note that Knott's Ghost Town has a tremendous shopping experience in the park, and the plaza shops just outside the front gate are also terrific.
You may be with non-coaster riders, in which case I would suggest Knott's, which has some great rides (such as HammerHead).
I'm not sure which park has the better coasters, as (frankly) the day we went to MM last summer the park was too crowded for us to ride much of anything (we only made Psyclone & waited 2 hours in line for that!). However, I will buck the trend here and say that with the exception of Knott's Ghostrider, Magic Mountain would appear to have more unique adult coasters.
Have fun on your trip! And let me know when you'll be in San Diego!
Thursday, April 26, 2001 11:34 AM
I thought you were from San Diego! Me too! I live about 5 minutes from Belmont.
Anyway, yes...ride the Dipper and go to Knott's. Gotta eat that chicken after a hard day's riding the Ghostrider. KBF should be rewarded with your business for putting in that ride.
Decisions determine destiny; Destiny determines decisions.
Thursday, April 26, 2001 12:02 PM
Don't necessarily go to KBF for great coasters. They have the spectacular GhostRider and the excellent Montezuma's Revenge, but the rest of them are a horrible SBNO coaster, a normal boomerang, and a below average family coaster. Their space shot and flume are excellent and they have a decent flat ride collection. It really depends if you want coasters or a little variety. I would take SFMM, but that's just me.
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