Cali. trip questions = Knott's schedule confusion

Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:05 AM
Hi all,

I'm looking at being out in LA from Sun, 11/3 to Tue, 11/5 and was thinking about hitting Knott's. I looked on their website and only found hours for their Halloween gig on 11/1 and 11/2. Does anyone know if Knott's is open 11/3 through 11/5???

Also, I'm trying to convince the missus that an excursion to visit X is in order, but she's balking at the idea of hauling our kids (2 and 1/2 years old and 7 months old) out to a park that's mainly for adults. Can anyone give me advice on the little-kid-friendliness between KBF and SFMM??

Lastly, CP has a policy for those with small children that lets half your party stand in line, while the other half waits outside with the little ones. After the first half of your party rides, they exit to grab the kids and the second half of your party can get on through the exit. Does KBF or SFMM use this policy??

Thanks for you help.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:13 AM

EV- I'd imagine Knott's would be open at least from 10:00 am - 5:30pm those days, but I'm not sure. I believe Knott's is open every day but Xmas. I'm sure some of the So Cal regulars can be of more help.

I'd highly recommend taking your kids to Adventure City, which is 'down the street' from Knott's. It's a really nice kiddie land that happens to have one of the best Wild Mouse coasters that I've ever ridden. Their 'family coaster' is also top notch.

I think there would be enough kiddie-type stuff for your kids to do at SFMM to justify going there. I'm not sure which park (SFMM or KBF) is more kiddie friendly, as I don't have kids and don't really pay that close attention.

C'mon, how often are you going to be that close to X while it's actually working? ;)

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*** This post was edited by chris on 9/26/2002. ***

Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:50 AM

Child Swapping....the best way to trade in "misbehaving brats" for some nice well-mannered children...;)....I know our parks have it, not sure about theirs. SFMM does have a good kids area (hey, I'm just a big kid)...Knott's is *better* than it was, and I understand that Ghostie is back from rehab (not sure about Monte, though). X is a singular ride of unimaginable thrills...the best steel *coaster* there is, flat out, no comparison....glad I got on it before it heads back to the land of the SBNO....

Adventure City, I recommended to all my SoCal friends who have kids...(not many considering their "orientation")...the mouse (TreeTop Racers) was fantastic, the cars imaginative as all get out. B2B Freeway goes OVER a tree branch...(probably still faster than driving the I-5)

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 9/26/2002. ***

Thursday, September 26, 2002 10:26 AM

EV: Knott's will be open those days, but you'll have to check with the park for their actual hours. The Haunt officially ends on Saturday, Nov. 2nd. As for SFMM, they are only open weekends during the beginning of November and on Veteran's Day.

For kids of your age, I would recommend KBF over SFMM. Knott's has Camp Snoopy for the little ones, and like Bugs Bunny World at SFMM, it is a separate area from the other areas and rides of the park. KBF has other rides that your older one might enjoy, but none at SFMM, except for their large carousel and Granny's Grand Prix (automated car ride); there's also a petting zoo. As for the younger one, there's not much to ride at both parks except maybe the carousels or the train ride at KBF.

As for each park's child-swapping procedures, it's best to check with Guest Relations for the particulars. I've seen it done - but don't know if you need a special pass or whatever.

*** This post was edited by MMCoasterBear on 9/26/2002. ***

Thursday, September 26, 2002 1:25 PM
KBF definately has the child swap program in effect, but it can be harder on some rides than others (extremely easy on perilous plunge, xcelerator, ghostrider, basically any ride with a greeter, otherwise you must go up the exit and get a slip filled out by a ride op). Knotts is open every day except christmas. Hours should be 10am-7pm on the 3rd, then 10am-6pm on monday. I would actually go on sunday if i were you, its kind of weird seeing 20 cars in the parking lot.

Knotts has about 18 rides and shows specifically for kids, and countless family rides. Much better choice for a place to take your kids, and the visitors, staff, and atmosphere are 10 times better than MM.


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