I totally agree with both of you. I went in expecting Disney or at least Cedar Point. That's just not what the park is - I know that now. As you mentioned, I'm sure the stagecoach and train are way cool. I could tell that just by looking. Unfortunately, we ran out of time. The park was only open until 6:00pm and our main focus was the coasters. If I lived closer, or the park was open longer, I would've done shows and the other "attractions". We stopped at the Spirit Lodge, but we had missed the last show of the day by like 20 minutes. We didn't really know it was a scheduled show - we thought it was another type of attraction. Either way, we still had a ton of fun. I was just noting my personal impressions of the park. Of course everyone experiences the parks in their own unique way. I know a lot of people that hate Disney and/or Cedar Point. I'm cool with that too because they have their own valid reasons for such feelings.
Perhaps the park just didn't do it for you. It happens. I've gone to Knotts and had a great time, and there have been times where they just don't have it all together. I'm certainly not one of those that thinks Cedar Fair's poop don't stink. They have bad operational days just like any other company.
Knotts is suppose to represent old fashion fun, with a modern day twist. Often times, under Cedar Fair, it can feel out of balance. *** Edited 5/9/2007 7:42:44 PM UTC by DWeaver***
halltd said:Bonus points especially after our disaster of line jumpers at Space Mountain the night before!
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe line jumping is not against the rules at Disney... if you are meeting up with someone you know. Not that I would do it...
halltd said:She actually started talking to an employee on the other side of the loading platform over the loud speaker about people’s shifts and other stuff. I was thinking to myself, “This isn’t professional at all!”
Funny, the only thing I remember hearing over the mics at Knott's were employee's talking about their shifts and whos gotten a break.
halltd said:Has [Xcelerator] always been cotton candy pink though? To me it seemed quite faded.
IMO, Xcelerator's paint has aged worse than any coaster I can think of.
As other people stated, it's the non-coaster things that make Knott's what it is. Did you get a chance to visit the 'jail'? You go up to the cell that has an animatronic inside and talk to him, and he will talk to you...and somewhere else there is a live person on a mic. It's more fun than it sounds :) *** Edited 5/9/2007 9:26:06 PM UTC by Scottt*** *** Edited 5/10/2007 10:30:43 PM UTC by Scottt***
DWeaver said:I do agree about the employees, which in some cases carry that LA "I don't care about anything but my hair and cell phone" attitude.
On my first visit to KBF, the average age of the employees must have been around 60. Not "old codgers", but older people working in an amusement park and having FUN doing it.
Sadly, each visit to Knott's brings fewer of those employees, and more of the kind currently being described...the rides are better now (save for the loss of my beloved Tumbler), but the staff has nose-dived. "Bring back the Stapler!" ;)
That's so odd. My experience was the exact opposite. The "older" people working were the bad employees. They weren't friendly at all. They reminded me of the bitter old folks in South Florida. LOL!! It was the younger kids that were working that seemed to be enjoying themselves. At least the annoying ones on Silver Bullet were still having fun - even though I thought it was unprofessional. The two rides I like the ops on were Xcelerator and La Revolucion.