Xcelerator was running one train due to some unexpected maintenance issues. What do people want the park to do, run the ride unsafely?
Is Knotts a perfect park? No. But its a great place for families and thrillseekers to have a nice day.
Xcelerator, Supreme Scream, and the Bullet- the sign, the keychain, the merchandising... schloves it! =D
Knott's Rocks!! :)
Ghostrider is a Top 10 wood coaster. I didn't find it rough at all- just insanely powerful and very long. Jaguar is a cool family steel coaster and how could anyone not love Montezooma's Revenge? The dominant wild west theming was extremely well done- detailed but not at all overbearing- and it was tough to find a view that was less than beautiful. The ride ops were friendly, the prices were decent and there was no sign of uncontrolled line jumping.
A near-perfect blend of traditional park and theme park if you ask me, and one of the better reasons for me to get back to Southern California (mOOSH being at the top of that list).
It needs new wheels.
Hey, they said haters stay away. ;)
Rob - I loves the Ghostie!
I think the park is in great condition, and the workers were curtious and even having some fun. Good times.
Honestly, I am oblivious to why anyone would 'hate' this ride, and I have been on a LOT of coasters....
Um, Rob. Ghost Town isn't theming. All those buildings are real and moved from actual former boom towns.
I understand that Solace Xcelerator ERT was only one train. For that I would even ask "why?", since it went to two train operation later on during that same day (after the park opened to the public), and even stayed that way until closing. That's not "hating", that's legitimately questioning a decision that really doesn't seem to make sense, given that the enthusiasts were expected to arrive at the Solace event, before the park, opened, for the scheduled Xcelerator ERT.
Talking about Ghostrider--I like the laterals, I like when it feels like the train is crashing onto the track after floating airtime, and I like the overall feeling that the train is trying to fly off the track as the ride continues to get faster and faster after that scenic turn. But even then, an excessively rattling train (:cough:Copper:cough:) can accentuate the already rough ride into a ride that is just a bit uncomfortable--especially when it causes a sharper than usual collision with the lapbar during a pop of airtime, ouch that does hurt!
Finally, for the park's "good food"--if you mean the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, Ghost Town Grill, or the outdoor mini version of Ghost Town Grill known as Fireman's BBQ, then I would agree... but only for those three. Otherwise, given the overall quality of the rest of the food in the park, I'll just get "Chips and Cheese" from the Fiesta Dogs stand, as the rest of the food seems--to me--to be generic at best.
As for friendlyness, that also varies from ride to ride. I've encountered some very annoying behavior with Silver Bullet, and a few times I've ridden Riptide, the operators there seemed to have a very noticeable, almost bossy, attitude.
So, I can understand not wanting to constantly criticize Knott's and nothing more, but criticism supported by anecdotes or facts certainly isn't "hating".
So, what is it that makes me love Knott's so much? Is it the rides? Knott's has some wonderful rides, but there ain't a lot of 'em. Truth be told, if it was just about the rides, I have a park full of awesome coasters and other assorted rides just 60 miles to the south of me in the form of Six Flags Great America.
Great America is actually part of my answer, though. Great America, in it's younger days, had a certain charm to it. You can still see bits and pieces of it today, but most of it has been eaten away by the vultures that are Six Flags. Knott's hasn't lost that charm. The employees all seem to be very friendly and willing to strike up a conversation with you. They are genuinely interested when they find out that you just flew 2000 miles to come to their park. Many of the employees are not unmotivated teenagers like you see at most parks, but retirees with a work ethic that is long gone.
The charm of Knott's extends into the "details" that make up the park. This is the stuff you miss if you hit the park for a few hours, marathon the coasters, and go on to the next park. My last visit to Knott's was for three straight days and I never got bored. There are things like the Calico Mine Ride, whose animatronics inspired Disney. There's the Timber Mtn Log Flume, where if you raise your hands during the ride it tells you to "sit down" several times. There's the train ride where you get robbed half way through the ride. There's the only operating stagecoach ride in the world. There's little details like the beating heart grave and the baby rattlers(thanks Moosh for pointing that one out).
Then there's the theming. Most of the park has the ghost town/western/mexican theme and it pulls it off well without being over the top. Where else can you take in a burlesque show, pan for gold, take a ride on a stage coach, or watch a blacksmith make horseshoes? The theming on Calico and Timber Mtn is fun and whimsical and still a bit awe inspiring, despite being years old.
Then there's the food. You can't visit Knott's without getting some famous Mrs. Knott's fried chicken. Let's not forget the boysenberry punch and those yummy biscuits with Knott's jelly. Sure, some of the other food int he park is a bit lacking, but there are standouts if you know where to look. Most parks don't even have a standout.
Then there are the shows. I've only been to two of the mainstream shows, so I cannot comment as much on this. I did the Snoopy show, which was pretty decent, and the Mystery Lodge, which is a show you cannot miss, no matter what. The special effects in that show just blew me away. I did do Haunt on my last visit, however, and that was the best halloween event I have been to in or out of an amusement park. Lots of fun. The Hanging was excellent. The various houses were really good. The sliders scared the crap out of me a couple of times.
Finally, back to the rides. They have, what is in my humble opinion, the best rocket coaster I've ridden(I only rode TTD and Xcel thus far). Monte is a great ride to power ride and brings back wonderful memories of Tidal Wave for me. Ghostie is fun, intense, and has some wicked moments of airtime. It's not my top woodie, but it's up there. I missed Silver Bullet by about a month on my last visit, so now opinion there. It looked like a pretty awesome layout, though. I do know that Riptide was a winner of an installation, though. It was one of the highlights of my last trip. I will concede that a ride whore will quickly get bored if they come in to power ride stuff. It comes down to one salient fact, which I will end my rant on...
Knott's is a place to relax and enjoy, and not a place to commando.
Ghostrider is a top ten or close to it coaster for me. It's a very aggressive and a wild ride. Just the kind I like. I told my wife after we first rode it, that now I know what it feels like to ride a bucking bronco. That's how wild it is.
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