KBF 8-30-02

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Sunday, September 1, 2002 7:40 PM

Got to the park at 9:40 after fighting some heavy LA traffic. The park looks cool from outside becuase Ghostrider goes out in to the parking lot area. We had 15 dollar of coupons which save me and my dad 30 dollars.

The entrance to the park in nice and is very well themed as is most of the park. We headed off to Ghost town which theming rivals that of Disney. Our first ride of the day was...

Ghostrider: 2 rides - 2nd car and back seat - 9/10

Our first ride was a near walk-on for the back. The first dive out of the station surprised me to get to the lift. The first drop had good air and so does the next hill. Then comes the turn-around followed by another hill and the second turn-around which offers a good view of the park. At about this point the ride goes all-out and feels like you are out of control. Ghostrider beats out the Beast and Villain as my favorite wood coaster. Next we went to...

Boomerang: 1 ride - 3rd car - 5/10

Rode this because Xcelerator was closed because of a hydraulic problem. Standard boomerany with some headbanging. Nothing special. Next we went to...

Jaguar: 1 ride - back - 6/10

Jaguar has nice theming and is a fun family coaster. Nothing to thrilling but it was enjoyable. Now to...

Montezumas Revenge: 1 ride - back- 7/10

PGA used to be my home park so I thought I knew what shuttle loops were about. Wrong. Monte blow away Greezed lightning in every catagory. Plus there are no breaks through the station so you actually go up the back tower. Next we went to...

Supreme Scream: 1 drop - 8.5/10

A few weeks ago I was to afraid to even get near a drop tower but now I love them. Awesome air-filled drop. Next we ate lunch at the spendy Coasters restraunt which was pretty good. Now to...

Timberline Twister: 1 ride - 4/10

Rode this one for the count and I barely made it under the max height limit. Now to...

Xcelerator: 1 ride - back - 8.5/10

The ride opened after our second ride on Ghostrider so we ran over. Got on the third train of the day in the back. The launch is amazing, nothing can prepare you for it besides hypersonic. The top hat element was cool but not as good as I thought it would be. The overbanks gave a sense of speed. The ride is very fun and they were running two trains on my visit. A camelback or something would greatly improve this type of coaster. You lucky CP lovers should love your new rocket if the rumor is ture. Our last ride was...

Perilous Plunge: 1 ride - 5th row

Warning: If you don't want to get completly soaked, the equivalent of jumping into a pool with your clothes on do not ride in the 5th row or don't ride at all. I expected to get wet, even really wet, but not completly soaked. Anyway the drop is the best in the park and the splash is huge. The new harnesses slow dispatches and seem pointless. If Xcelerator can have a lap bar and seat belt why can't the Plunge. You can tell the operators hate them to. I also saw 4 kids who met the height requirment get turned away because they were to skinny for the harnesses. They really don't take away from the ride though.

Overall Knotts impressed me alot. They have two great coasters and a strong supporting cast of other rides. I like the variety of big thrills for adults and kids. The park may not have the number of coasters as the mountain but I enjoyed the quality of Knotts better. The park was clean and the employees were nice. There were alot of flat rides closed though. But I still had a fun time and I rate the park a 8.5/10.

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Sunday, September 1, 2002 8:42 PM
*sniff* ... makes me miss my Ghostrider... my parents moved to Orange County this summer, and now when I go out to visit them, I can use my CP season pass and ride Ghostie 'till I puke... :)
Sunday, September 1, 2002 10:59 PM
rollergator's avatar

Great TR: PP is an amazingly wet ride.....the harnesses are an abomination and dispatch times ridulous....you could skydive with less preparation....but the name remains, and that in "the land of the lawsuit"....

Ghostie can still give a great ride...getting an Xcelerator ride or two (or six if lines are short) in about two weeks! Monte is amazing, and the back seat really rockets up the back spike...:)

Didn't realize TT had a max height...I certainly would've been too tall, but got to ride with no questions....

Did you do the mine ride or the log flume....they are really unique to Knotts....

Monday, September 2, 2002 11:36 AM
The height requirement is about 5'9". There were two flat rides closed, Tampico Tumbler, a really cool one, was closed to be refurbished, and wipeout, closed due to an accident at another park.

Rollergator, lines for Xcelerator are about a 3 train wait before 1 pm, and then a 20 minute wait or less the rest of the day. BTW, they almost always run 2 trains, but 1 train makes virtually no difference once you see how long the train must wait in the turnaround for clearance.

Monday, September 2, 2002 12:36 PM
rollergator's avatar thanks Speedy....questions: Twister has a 5'9 limit? I'm 5'10+, but I guess the bad posture DOES have its benefits....hi Mom! Tumbler, (the other TT, lol) is a flat I couldn't locate anywhere ....even a group of 30+ ACErs hadn't seen the ride at any other park or even fairgrounds....who makes that sucker, and what name does it go by...(anyone else?)....Tumbler is one of my absolute favorite flats, and gives an amazing amount of air....BTW, will it be down "long"...?
Monday, September 2, 2002 2:10 PM
I will be out there on 9/11 myself and your tr sounds like a good omen for light crowds and great rides.

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Monday, September 2, 2002 2:30 PM
I didn't have time to ride some of Knotts classic rides. We were only in the park till 2pm because we had to drive back to Riverside where we were staying. They looked pretty cool but I chose to ride PP instead of the log ride because of the long wait for it. We also walked-on the sky ride which gives a good view of the park.

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Monday, September 2, 2002 7:02 PM
voldemort, call 714-220-5200 this second and ask when Ghostrider's rehab takes place. I know it occurs sometime between Sept. 3rd and Oct. 2nd, but I don't know when it is exactly closed. I would hate for someone not to experience ghostrider. You have to get lost in the Machine teller to find the personal assistance person.

*** This post was edited by Speedy on 9/2/2002. ***

Monday, September 2, 2002 8:08 PM
Zierer, the German family coaster creater, made the Tampico Tumbeler.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2002 6:42 AM
rollergator's avatar

Thanks Todd....now I just HAVE to convince Wild Adventures to pick one of those up....probably the tightest I've ever made my seatbelt...and those CLEARANCES...

edit: while I can live without MR, GR, or Tumbler, I'd hate to show up just for Xcelerator and Jaguar!....good thing I've got this MiA pass....but if I miss only one of those three, I'll still be a very happy Gator....

bill, recognizing the sacrilege involved by putting a flat ride on par with coasters of THAT high caliber...

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 9/3/2002. ***

Saturday, September 7, 2002 9:25 PM

hunter11 said:
I didn't have time to ride some of Knotts classic rides. I chose to ride PP instead of the log ride because of the long wait for it.

Hello Hunter,

You really should have done the mine ride and log flume. These were amazing rides for their time, and are still good now. You missed out these and if you ever visit again you should make them your first priority.

Monty is still one of my favorite rides. Here again you missed out if you didn't ride it in the front. The speed into the loop is higher and punches your gut more if you sit in the front.

Looks to me like you need to take another trip out!

Great TR!


Saturday, September 7, 2002 10:23 PM
Great TR. Sometimes I think amusement parks discriminate against tall people. I'm only 15, and already 6'6. They should make a row for the taller guests. Guess I can't ride TT next year while I'm out there, oh well.
Sunday, September 8, 2002 4:30 AM
What exactly is the restraint for PP?


Sunday, September 8, 2002 7:10 PM

The state mandated that Knott's install those harnesses (or modify them in an equal manner) or they wouldn't pass the ride for a reopening.

Monday, September 9, 2002 2:26 PM

I know the state mandated the harnesses becuase of the accident, but IMO they are not needed. But my opinion doesn't matter anyway.


I was pressed on time so I couldn't get on all the rides I wanted. I'll definatly be back now that my sister goes to school an hour away from there.


When you get in the boat you put your arms through the shoulder straps and then buckle your seat belt(which is hooked to the shoulder straps). Then you (or the ride-op) tighten them so they fit snuggly on your body and the lap bar is lowered.

84 coasters and counting

*** This post was edited by hunter11 on 9/9/2002. ***


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