Knott's questions

Sunday, December 13, 2009 2:37 PM
LuvRaptor's avatar

Heading back to sunny San Diego Friday for 3 weeks so need Knott's experts to help me with what day to go, what to ride, what to not bother riding and order to ride! :)

Knotts was the only park I didn't get to go to last visit and am excited about hitting it this time! Also curious to see if my CF platinum pass will work there! :)

Thanks for any advise!! :)

Jo
Lifetime Raptor flights: 2175 :)


It's all about getting around the barrels or over the fences, right leads, no faults, fastest time and still looking pretty when done. What's so hard about that? :)

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 3:23 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

It's the off-season, the park will be empty. Excelerator is closed...I would expect a few other rides to also be closed for annual "off-season" maintenance. Skip nothing. Weekends will be slightly more crowded but with longer operating hours allow you more time to repeat what you enjoyed. Keep an eye on the weather...avoid days when there is a chance of rain or drizzle.

As for the platinum pass, check the park's website...it'll tell you all you need to know.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 7:00 PM
LuvRaptor's avatar

Thanks for the info Mamoosh! I will be honest I was floored when I brought up the park hours and saw they were open every day. Guess I am so used to the east coast where places close or are only open on the weekends when school is back in.

Guess that would be many of the excellent perks if I got outta dodge (Ohio and its suck a** weather) for good! :)

Jo
Lifetime Raptor flights: 2175 :)


It's all about getting around the barrels or over the fences, right leads, no faults, fastest time and still looking pretty when done. What's so hard about that? :)

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 9:05 PM

The Platinum Pass should work fine. Get there before they open and ride the GhostRider first. It always has the longest line and Knott's is usually relatively crowded during Christmas break (basically 12/14-1/3 this year) since school is out and they have holiday events and promotions going on. Other than that the park is small, so the order you go in is not that important. Perilous Plunge is closed until 12/18 and Timberline Twister (kiddie coaster) is closed until 12/17, so not sure if you care about getting the credit on that one. Weekdays will be slightly better, but the difference between a weekday and weekend will not be nearly as large as it would be if school was in.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 9:10 PM

Do not skip MYSTERY LODGE. It's easily Knott's hidden gem.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 10:27 PM

You will have to do the ever - popular take your pass to guest services routine. But, it's a great place. A ride on the train is always a hoot. I would have to agree on Mystery Lodge... that was unexpected.

Don't forget to see Sad Eye Joe in the jail.


To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 10:51 PM
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Oooh! Oooh! And take some time to walk the graveyard in Ghost Town (it's near the end of Pony Express' launch). It's OK to stand on the graves there (I encourage it!). And nearby you should find a cage of baby rattlers...they're cute and always worth gazing at for a few mins.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009 11:46 PM
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Stagecoach, flume, Calico mine ride are all unique must-do attractions in addition to the aforementioned Mystery Lodge. And the antique carousel is in very good condition (a must for people like me). :)

Still missing the Tampico Tumbler... ;)


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Monday, December 14, 2009 10:01 AM
LuvRaptor's avatar

Wow I am so getting excited!! :)
4 days and I am California bound!!

Thanks again to everyone!! :)

Jo
Lifetime Raptor flights: 2175 :)


It's all about getting around the barrels or over the fences, right leads, no faults, fastest time and still looking pretty when done. What's so hard about that? :)

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Monday, December 14, 2009 10:15 AM
Mamoosh's avatar

FYI, even though it's less than 100 miles from San Diego to Knotts plan on at least a 90-min drive.

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Monday, December 14, 2009 5:00 PM

Better make 2 hours. SoCal traffic can be a pain in the a**!


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Monday, December 14, 2009 5:40 PM
kpjb's avatar

Don't forget to eat the chicken.


Hi

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Monday, December 14, 2009 6:55 PM
LuvRaptor's avatar

kpjb said:
Don't forget to eat the chicken.

You are the 2nd person to mention Knott's chicken!

I know all about the traffic-went to SFMM in August and got stuck smack dab in the middle of rush hour. I didn't think anything of it-born and raised NYC-that traffic is way worse than any I saw in Ca!

Jo
Lifetime Raptor flights: 2175 :)


It's all about getting around the barrels or over the fences, right leads, no faults, fastest time and still looking pretty when done. What's so hard about that? :)

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Monday, December 14, 2009 7:00 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

Then allow me to be the third person to mention the Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant. It is located outside the park in the California Marketplace. You can access the restaurant's schedule via Knotts website. If you're visiting during the week when the park closes early (6pm-ish) wait and enjoy chicken for dinner. If you'd rather have lunch at the restaurant I suggest going in an "off" hour (11am, 1pm) and skipping the lunch rush. Mrs. Knotts is very, very popular and often has a 60+ min wait during peak times.

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Monday, December 14, 2009 8:31 PM

During my half day visit to the park, I missed Mystery Lodge. I'll have to remember that if I ever go back.

Montezooma's Revenge = Schwarzkopf coaster. Need I say more?

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Monday, December 14, 2009 9:17 PM

I happen to like Mrs. Knott's for breakfast---chicken, biscuits, 'n' eggs. (Plus a bunch of other stuff.) Just what you need to start your day in the amusement park off right.


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Monday, December 14, 2009 9:26 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

True...that's always an option if you arrive with enough time to enjoy the restaurant before the park opens. Their Sunday champagne brunch is good too : - )

Also, if you find the line for Mrs. Knotts is just too long there is a take-out window just past the entrance and tables with a view of Ghostrider just a few hundred feet further.

Last edited by Mamoosh, Monday, December 14, 2009 9:29 PM
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009 12:44 AM

Jo, just wanted to let you know that the pathway which goes thru the "Indian Trails" section of the park is blocked off in December due to the Christmas Crafts Fair. This is the pathway which basically goes from GhostRider to Silver Bullet. Since the park is small this shouldn't really affect your planning for the order you want to go in.


My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 9:43 PM
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Quick question.. I'm actually also going to be vacationing in San Diego this week, and I'm planning to visit Knott's on Thursday. Do they have platinum pass perks, like morning ERT and such? I tried searching their web site but came up with nothing. Thanks in advance for the help :)


I call Cedar Point my home park even though I live in the Chicago Suburbs.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:28 PM
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I don't believe so.

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