GR is one of my favorite woodies and right up there with X for must ride coasters, though you really have to ride it at night to get it at its best. Xcelerator is also a great little ride, but much like the bigger rocket cousins, it's a bit on the short side.
Overall, if you haven't been to either and haven't ridden a rocket, KBF is almost certainly a better bet. X is great but with its downtime and the shoddy park that it's in, you could do much better than SFMM.
SFMM's Anton has been "Revulsion-ized"...:(
bill, can NEVER understand the lack of love for Monte...
If I were in your situation I would take Knott's, although Riddler's and Goliath are VERY tempting.
<--Love the Monte
SFMM was bad... but at least, had interesting rides. Riddler's is great fun, as well as BTR, Ninja and my favorite ride in the park... Viper. The wait was so long, it soured my opinion of X. Revolution wasn't half as bad! The harnesses were not too oppressive, I didn't feel any roughness and the 2 spots where we were braked were the only thing that felt "wrong on the ride".
1) Drive time is somewhere around 1 hour less from LA.
2) Crowds are generally less, even on Saturdays, as the park is somewhat "overshadowed" by Disney.
3) Knott's creates a better, safer, less rowdy atmoshpere, and actually cares about theming aspects.
4) Mrs. Knott's chicken dinners are some of the best in the world.
5) Knott's actually runs all of its coasters.
6) Knott's size is managable in one day. SFMM will leave you with miles of walking, and long lines for coasters running only one train. Knott's is much smaller, and it runs two/three trains on everything, including Xcelerator.
7) IF you get bored, you can walk to Disneyland.
8) GR provides a spectacular nighttime ride – nothing close to any coaster at SFMM.
9) Knott’s isn’t known for riots and fights breaking out within the property.
10) Knott’s has a great collection of flats
RR (yes, it is an amazing standup, but it is often wrecked by stagnant, slow-moving lines and annyoing queue music that never gets past the first 15 seconds.)
X (of course – the main reason why I would consider going)
Batman – amazing, but you’ve probably already been on it at SFGAm
Goliath, for some.
Revolution (historical reasons ONLY)
Déjà vu – that is, if it’s open.
GR – amazing any time of day. Because ops almost always run two trains, the line is constantly moving. Intense air.
Xcelerator – Powerful launch – much better than Superman: the Escape. Short ride, but that means short lines.
SB – haven’t been yet. Sounds like at least a good ride to me. Definitely better theming than SFMM’s new B&M (not mentioning any names…)
MR – Scharwzkopf at his best.
Perilous Plunge – prepare to get wet!
Riptide – see above.
You see, the decision is totally up to you, and either way I’m sure you’ll have a great day. Just HOW great it will be depends on where you go. I’d just like to say, I’ve been to both parks 3 times all on busy days, (alla weekends) and in my own experience, I would definitely go to Knott’s.
Either way, have fun!
True, you could...but it would take at least an hour. They're not THAT close.
I'd go for KBF because the park is much more consistant. It's a fun place, no matter how Knottzi their operations are.
And one other thing... SFMM doesn't have an Anton. Revolution is an Intamin in the style of a Schwarzkopf. Seriously. Look it up. :)
Go to KBF. I've never been there, but it would have to be a complete dump to lose to MM. If you're traveling far, and never been, go for the safe bet.
p.s. rollergator, if monte is anything as good as greezed lightnin' then i've got nothing but love for it. those rides are AWESOME.
The poopy coaster is flywheel launched, while Greased Viperwave is weight drop. The flywheel gives just a little bit more of an "oomph" on the take off. Plus, it's not braked on the return trip, like I believe GVW is.
I found Monte to be a little more insane than GreasedViperWave, but they both deserve ALL the love they can get!
Cute name. I thought I was the only one (hence Batmaninator, SuperSteelVenom, etc.) ;-)
*** Edited 6/30/2005 6:13:10 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
LOL, took Stan Checketts and 20 years to top Anton's flywheels...Jimvy has a right to be PO'd... ;) *** Edited 6/30/2005 6:20:18 AM UTC by rollergator***
And, oh. You're right. I missed that apostrophe. And the Z's. In that case, the poopy coaster should be on par with Greezed Lightnin'.
- John, who hopes somebody gets the poopy joke.
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