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Samland Goes West to Knott's Berry Farm

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by , 04-25-2012 at 03:24 PM


In Persistence of Vision magazine, J.G. O'Boyle suggested that "a theme park is not ride-dependent. A theme park without rides is still a theme park. An amusement park without rides is a parking lot with popcorn." I am here to say that after my recent visit to Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, we still have a wonderful theme park and one that seems to be getting better and better under the new management team.

Just ignore the background music. More on that in a bit.

It has been a couple of years since my last visit to Knott's Berry Farm. My colleagues at MiceChat have been encouraging me to go and see the changes that have been taking place, especially the improvements to the Ghost Town section of the park. I am glad that I did.

As a regular MiceChat reader, I am sure you have become very familiar with Knott's. The site regularly provides updates. No wonder. Knott's is a true Southern California tradition.

Knott's Berry Farm was the inspiration of Walter Knott and his wife Cordelia. Just like Walt Disney, these hard working folks were always trying to find that angle that would bring them success. In the case of Walter Knott, he wanted to find the perfect berry to grow and sell. He searched high and low and came across the treasure he was seeking in 1932. Walter found a handful of Boysenberry plants in the yard of its creator, Rudolph Boysen. He took them home and nurtured them back to life. This was exactly the berry he was looking for. They are a cross between the red raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry and they were gigantic.

By the Great Depression and World War II, Knott's was the place to go in Southern California. It was not uncommon for the line to get in the restaurant to top 3+ hours. By 1939, their daughter Virginia was taking advantage of the crowds and set up a little gift stand. To keep the people waiting in line entertained, Walter decided to relocate the Gold Trails Hotel from Prescott AZ to a plot of land near the restaurant. This was the beginning of Ghost Town and Walter Knott's life long passion to bring the heritage of the old west to the people. Over the years, Walter continued to collect old buildings and rebuild them and bring them back to life. He also collected a group of people who would portray old west characters in Ghost Town, and the result is America's first theme park (Okay Mel and Richard, Luna Park, Tivoli Gardens in Anaheim, I know, I know, this point can be argued).

With the opening of Disneyland in 1955, a lot of people thought that Knott's Berry Farm was doomed. In fact, Knott's flourished. Walter Knott and Walt Disney shared the same values. They both provided a unique high quality product that was priced fairly. They both tried their best to serve the public need. They were both risk takers. If you want to learn more about the amazing history of Knott's Berry Farm I strongly recommend Knott's Preserved by Christopher Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler.

In 1997, Cedar Fair bought the family park and the feel of the park began to change. It seemed like Knott's was trying to become a mini-Six Flags Magic Mountain featuring thrill rides and pulling out themed family attractions. The entire Roaring 20s themed area was ripped up and replaced with a bland sea of concrete pretending to be a tribute to the California surf and racing culture. The result was a parking lot punctuated by big steel amusement park thrill rides.

Thankfully. Ghost Town remained. It started to look a bit shabby but the heart of the Park was still there. As we planners would say, the space has good bones. All it needed was a bit of tender loving care. Then along comes the new management team. It is amazing what results a bit of paint, care, and attention can bring.


The indoor grotto


Reproduction of the mantle from Mt. Vernon

As I continue to dive deeper and deeper into the history and development of Disneyland, I am always surprised at how much of an impact Knottís had on Waltís thinking for his park. For example, the California Marketplace outside the gates of the Park has a bunch of fun, somewhat hidden, features like the fern grotto on the way to the restroom or the reproduction of the mantle from Mt. Vernon. Walt was so impressed that in 1961 he developed a mixed-use retail center for the parking lot at Disneyland to be called California Living. The retail center would have been built around a lake and styled as a beach resort along the lines of Catalina Island. Walter and Walt borrowed and repaid each other in ideas on a number of occasions.


An exhilarating ride on the Stagecoach

One of my favorite rides at Knottís is the Stage Coach. As they say, the only profitable stage coach line since the creation of the railroad. I just love it when I get to sit on top, right behind the driver, and watch the four horses pull us along. It is an authentic experience that can not be matched with 3D films and motion simulator vehicles.


Rules fer ridin' the stagecoach.

While you are waiting (and if you get there late enough, you will be waiting) take a look at the 1877 Rules for Stage Riders. Some of the highlights include:


  • Abstinence from liquor is requested but if you must drink, share the bottle. To do otherwise makes you appear selfish and un-neighborly.
  • Gents guilty of unchivalrous behavior toward lady passengers will be put off the stage. It's a long walk back. "A word to the wise is sufficient."
  • Don't snore loudly while sleeping or use your fellow passenger's shoulder for a pillow; he (or she) may not understand and friction may result.


Ghost Town is filled with little touches that may not be making Knott's tons of money but do add up to create an entertaining and potentially educational experience. Over the past couple of years, Knott's has gone on a major rebuilding spree and have refurbished many of the buildings along Main Street in Ghost Town. More importantly, they have restored the interiors and brought back the folk art look of life in the old Frontier. These figures are not your sophisticated Disney Audio-Animatronics but hand-carved and hand-painted heads stuck on mannequin bodies with extremely limited animation. Take your time and peek into the windows. It will be well worth it.











The pepper's ghost effect at the Ghost Town Caretakers Office



Throughout the Ghost Town area are little touches like the constantly moving empty rocking chairs on the balcony of the hotel or the old-fashioned hand water pump or old Deadwood Dick, freshly buried on the spot kicking the bucket. Fresh flowers have been planted everywhere providing contrast to the decaying buildings.


Fresh planted flowers at Deadwood Dick's grave.


Sad Eyed Joe, still in jail 60 years later.

Be sure to pay a visit to the jail. You never know what you might hear from the one prisoner who has been locked up for almost 60 years. And invest 50 cents at the big store at the end of the street to watch an animated cow and horse tell each other really bad jokes. You can even drop a couple of quarters at a historic destination - the shooting gallery. Knott's is also home to the very first shooting gallery to use light instead of buckshot. Walter Knott, always the innovator.


The historic shooting gallery.


Terrible jokes for $0.50!

Knott's is also the birthplace of the hidden queue line.




The Calico Mine Train, still a great dark ride.

Bud Hurlbut, the creator of the Calico Mine Train and the Log Ride told the story of one visit from Walt. Hurlbut recalls ďone time when Walt Disney came over to Knottís and he told me he was kind of in a hurry, but he wanted to ride the Calico Mine Train. At that particular time there were no people in front of the ride, but when we walked back past the trestle, the whole line was full of people! Walt said, ďMy God, thatís a sneaky thing! There are two hundred people in line back here and I didnít know there was anybody!Ē Of course, Walt copied the idea for his Park.

I also suggest to take some time to look through the shops. Unlike Disney who seems to carry the same thing in every shop, Knottís has gone the other direction. Why, you can even buy knives and fake guns that look very, very real. How fun. The Geode Shop is worth a visit just to see rocks signed by famous folks such as Steven Tyler, Kevin Bacon, and Diane Keaton.


We've heard of rock stars, but this is ridiculous!





I wish that the Bird Cage Theatre would reopen. The old timey melodramas would be a great break in a Park that otherwise is light on sit down shows. The theater was a terrific training crowd for artists who went on to great success like Steve Martin. It is also worth while to step into the schoolhouse and the Outpost. The schoolhouse is loaded with details of a bygone era. The Outpost features all sorts of creepy, crawly things that your kids can play with. The Museum is one of my favorite spots plus there are relics everywhere from old mining camps and one can learn a lot about life in the wild west.

Like all Ghost Towns, there is a cemetery. However, you will rarely find one that comes alive quite like this one. Just be careful if you step on the grave of Hiram McTavish. Strange things are also happening in the undertakers shop and if you peek in the window you might even see a bit of magic.

Speaking of magic, be sure to visit the Mystery Lodge. This show was brought to Knott's from the Vancouver World's Fair in 1994 and uses the Pepper's Ghost illusion seen in the Haunted Mansion to tell a Native American folklore tale about life. Adults will find the show interesting and the children in the audience seemed riveted by the effects.

There are other shows at Knottís. The Wild West Stunt Show is a fun way to spend 20 minutes and if you are not careful, you might even get a bit wet. If you get there early enough, you can even sit inside of a Conestoga Wagon and enjoy the show. The Calico Saloon Show is a must and a real throwback. The tiny stage behind the bar is unique. Plus, you are likely to encounter good cowboys and bad cowboys while walking through Ghost Town. And it is required that everybody who visits must take one spin on the Calico Railroad.

I realize that I have spent most of my time talking about Ghost Town. I also have positive feelings for the Fiesta Village area and Camp Snoopy. This is an extremely well designed children's play area and the first of its kind in any amusement park to cater to the 12 and under crowd.


Silver Bullet.

I am also a big fan of Silver Bullet. It is one of my favorite big steel coasters and reminds me of Dueling Dragons (sorry, Dragon Challenge) at Islands of Adventure in Florida. It is a buttery smooth inverted coaster that has solid elements and even a chance to catch a bit of air, unusual for this type of coaster. Jaguar is another coaster that zips along the top of the trees. It isnít the most exciting thing, but does provide a good view. Xcelerator is not for the squeamish with itís 0-80 mph launch in just 2.3 seconds into a 205-foot ascent.


Xcelerator


Boomerang

Knottís has other thrill rides that are common to other parks. Boomerang is just a headache waiting to happen, Perilous Plunge has to be one of the sillier water rides ever built (there's a lot of wait for just one drop). Bigfoot Rapids is a surprisingly fun raft ride. Supreme Scream is just not my cup of tea.


Perilous Plunge, up, around, then down.

Three of the more popular thrill rides will have to wait for another visit. Windseeker, the Sierra Sidewinder, and Pony Express were down the day of my visit. And kudos to the Knott's folks for refurbishing the Sky Cabin. Love the view of Orange County and beyond.

Now back to the area music. Walking through Ghost Town you hear an upbeat mix of 80s and 90s music that has nothing to do with the theme of the old west. Management argues that the music puts people in a festive mood. It may very well do that, but I say it takes away from the atmosphere. A good compromise would be to find pop music with a bit of a country bent. In my mind, I kept wanting to hear Bon Jovi's Dead or Alive or something like that. If you ever want to see somebody fired up about this topic, drop Fishbulb here at MiceChat a note.

Will I go back.? Of course, had such a good time I took advantage of the inexpensive season pass program (a whole year of Knott's fun for less than the cost of a single day at Disneyland). With Disney and Universal having major openings this summer, Knott's is going to feel like a wonderful retreat. Better still, the food. They still serve the world-famous fried chicken and my favorite, the Country Fried Steak. All beige goodness.

Have you been to Knott's lately? What are your thoughts on this little park just around the corner from Disneyland?



UPCOMING EVENTS

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May 3 @ 10:30 a.m to Noon
WINTER PARK LIBRARY
460 East New England Avenue
Winter Park FL

May 3 @ 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.pm
ORLANDO COUNTY LIBRARY
Albertson Room
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando FL

May 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
WORLD CHAPTER DISNEYANA FAN CLUB

May 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
KEVIN YEEíS 30 X 30 CELEBRATION
Italy Pavilion at EPCOT

May 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM
Was Walt Disney a New Urbanist?
With Chad Emerson Project Future

May 7 and 8 Walt Disney World
Meeting with various Cast Member teams.

May 20 @ 11:00 a.m.
WALTíS BARN
Griffith Park in Los Angeles
Home to the birthplace of Imagineering

There's more to come in June and July. Thanks for your support.





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  1. jcruise86's Avatar
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    That was great! THANK YOU, Sam!

    Interesting to learn that the still excellent Mystery Lodge came from a World's Fair. Literally a good move!

    The Birdcage Theater is open at Christmas for some very good little productions of shows like "A Christmas Carol" and "The Gift of the Magi."

    Knott's bumper cars will likely be enjoyed by those who think the ride in DCA's bugs' land is too slow and brief. It targets bigger kids and the inner 10-year-old inside of many adults.

    I'm not a big fan of the Silver Bullet (too spinny for me), but I like Accelerator. And Jaguar is a great training coaster for kids to introduce them to bigger coasters. Pony Express is so short that every rider should get to go around twice, which you can often do without getting off if you get there right when the park opens.

    I wrote some other tips at the top of a thread (post #1) in the Other Parks/Knott's section of Micechat.
    http://micechat.com/forums/knotts-be...post1056746412

    We needed a break from Disneyland and part of our two-year hiatus was using Knott's Season Passes (
    outstanding value for a 10-month or so "season", depending on when you purchase it. Also, Costco has 5 Universal Visits passes for $59, but I digress.) We really enjoyed our many short trips to Knott's! Many nice folks work there! When our train was robbed and my daughter told a bandit that she didn't have any money, one robber turned to his partner and yelled, "If they had money they'd be at Disneyland!" Knott's has a good sense of humor. (And Sam and I didn't even get into the Halloween Scary Farm event.)

    Under this paragraph I pasted in the part of the interview where Raffi explains the Ghost Town's music. I wonder if he thinks that Disneyland's Main Street fails to make people happy with its carefully chosen, theme-appropriate music? I'm disappointed that Raffi's boss, Matt Ouimet, doesn't intervene.



    MC: okay, one last question. What is going on with the music? You have Ace of Base playing in Ghost Town and music that just doesn't fit. Our fans would kill me if I didn't tell you that we don't like that.


    RAFFI: (Laughs) Okay, Okay, that's me, that was all me. You know, there is a reason.

    MC: We figured there had to be a reason, but we just don't get it.


    RAFFI: It's something I came across when I went up to Canada's Wonderland. When I got to that park, as you recall, it was owned by Paramount. They had area music playing from Paramount films. It gave the park a really dull feel. We decided to address the situation. We looked at music from the 70's, 80's, and 90's. We picked music that was upbeat and happy and we started playing it and it had a tremendous effect. The new music we used there gave the park and the employees and even the guests a sort of, psychological lift. We could walk around the park and spot people here and there dancing along to the music.

    When I came back to Knott's I wanted to give the same boost of happiness to the park. I used the technique that works so well for me at Canada's Wonderland.

    MC: But why not use thematically appropriate music in the different areas. Country music in Ghost Town, Latino rhythms in Fiesta Village, things like that?


    RAFFI: You are a theme guy, I get it, I understand. But I am very interested in making people happy. At Knott's, when people come through the gates they want to escape, they want happiness. The music may not fit thematically, but people react to it. They are happy.


    Updated 04-26-2012 at 07:13 AM by jcruise86
  2. Terrytiger's Avatar
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    I grew up going to Knott's (remember feeding the seals?) and was a season pass holder for many years. I have attended all but one Halloween Haunt in it's 40+ years. Unfortunately on my visit last October, I had one of the worst chicken dinner meals ever (the chicken was dry, the waitress inattentive, and the price was outrageous). It got worse inside the park when I ordered a Berry punch and was charged $4.25 for a regular sized drink (not even a large!). Knott's is now tainted to me and I have no desire to return.
  3. jcruise86's Avatar
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    Terrytiger, sorry you had a bad Knott's experience. About 15 years ago, I had a similar reaction at Disneyworld when I saw a ridiculous price on a very small box of Cheerios at a resort store, so I can relate. And a few years ago I also got worked up about the initial prices for Disneyland's Big Thunder BBQ.

    Because I read reviews similar to yours, we never had the chicken dinner during our Knott's year, even though I liked it in the past.

    One of my Knott's tips is to always bring in bottled water. By charging even more for beverages than Disneyland, I don't think Knott's ever got a cent from me for their beverages in about a dozen visits. So their greed was punished! Though I loved their
    Boysenberry Punch at the Pre-Scare Dinner before the Scary Farm. (Separate admission.)
    Updated 04-26-2012 at 06:16 AM by jcruise86
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    Thanks for stepping over to Knott's, Sam!

    I believe that Knott's is actually more of a family park than Disneyland. For starters, it is AFFORDABLE! A season pass costs much less than a day at Disneyland. This frees up expenses for other fun things.

    My favorite family thing to do at Knott's is to get the family together and spend some time getting the old time photos taken. This can bring more joy and memories than any thrill or dark ride. It truly brings family togetherness.

    So you go to Disneyland to enjoy Disneyland, but you go to Knott's to enjoy your family. I think that's how Disneyland started out...but got too caught up in marketing, branding, and raising prices.
  5. jcruise86's Avatar
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    Good post, Mr. Tour!
    Though in defense of Disney, parents can ride with their kids on all of the rides at Disneyland, even ones that are appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, while at Knott's some of the rides are just for little kids and parents can only watch. It was fun watching my daughter on that ride near the entrance of Camp Snoopy where kids sit in a row and bounce up and down, but on other rides waiting was boring for me. Does anything beat riding Dumbo with your toddler?
    Updated 04-26-2012 at 07:40 AM by jcruise86
  6. MrTour's Avatar
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    jcruise, I agree, but Dumbo represents Walt's Disneyland , when it was more about family and less about merchandising and cash.

    Another fun thing at Knott's, that it seems they have done away with, was the coaster cams. I have my kid's first roller coaster ride on Sierra Sidewinder on video, and it's always a fun moment to watch these vids of terrified screaming kids and laugh. This is something can can share for their kids someday, and laugh aloud with them.
  7. Concieved@DL's Avatar
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    Thanks Sam. I grew up in OC. My take on Knotts is the same. I am a Disney nut, but Knotts has a special place in my heart. Going to Disneyland was a magical feeling. Going to Knotts was more of a thrill. Still miss the Haunted Shack though. That was the first time I held a girls hand. Oh the memories
  8. Concieved@DL's Avatar
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    One more thing. To Raffi, get off your highhorse and give the paying public what they want.
  9. DJM's Avatar
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    The music is fine. Every time I go I always see adults singing along to the music with their children. It's actually quite cute and really gets people in a good mood. I didn't like the idea at first but once I saw the affects of the music I know that Raffi has the right idea.

    For all those detractors, I'd encourage you to look at the families in Ghost Town and how they react to the music. I've never seen anyone sing along to songs played over the speakers at Disneyland because they use different music (usually songs without lyrics). To each his own, but there are clear benefits to the pop music. I know it sure makes me happy. The play list is pretty solid as far as popular songs go.
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    Great article as always, Sam! Very cool learning that the Mystery Lodge came from the worlds fair in Canada! I went to that back in the day but was still so long ago I thought it was similar...not that I was viewing the same thing as back then! haha. I remember how amazed I was at the ending of this show, how it "tricked me" (you that have seen it know what Im talking about!). I applaud the Knotts management for the TLC in the painting & flowers....but yeah Im gonna agree about the music, like most people here. The intention seems good, but yeah the music just takes you out of the theme/moment. Oh one last thing...Sam, if you like chicken fried steak, well I love my fried chicken or chicken & dumplings at the Knotts restaurant...but you HAVE to try the chicken fried steak at Rudford's in San Diego, not too far from the San Diego Zoo LOL! Best (and largest portion) I have ever had anywhere bar none. Its a GREAT diner thats been around here since JFK was in office! (before my time, but there is a picture of him in a motorcade passing in front of their restaurant that they feature prominently inside their place!)
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    Sam why are you so hard on other locations, but you give Knott's a pass?!?? Sure Ghost Town is fun, but it still has a GIANT roller coaster running through it (Silver Bullet) and they removed alot of charm in that area to install it (Reflection Lake, the church, etc).
    The log ride and mine train are fun too, but they need a SERIOUS updating and rehab.
    Camp Snoopy LOOKS nice, but it has garbage in it. There isn't one single ride that you can't find at your county fair or local carnival. Slapping Snoopy on a lame kiddie ride, doesn't make it themed.
    Plus, I agree with the above poster, there is little that I can go on with my kids at Knotts. I ONLY had fun with my oldest when he turned 9 since before that he couldn't go on 50% of the rides while at the same time could go on 100% of the rides at DL and DCA.
    The rest of the park is LARGELY a parking lot with rides in it.
    The one thing I will agree whole-hearted with you about is Mystery Lodge. That is a REALLY good attraction. And until recently I heard from Knott's insiders was talked about being closed.
    I would like to see another article about Knott's that see Knott's with a more critical eye similar to your one about CityCenter.
  12. DisWedWay's Avatar
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    Sam you brought up a good point on why Disneyland should bring back the "One Of A Kind Shop", where guests could buy unique collectible's that are truly one of a kind. Is the one stamp mill still pounding away at the gold panning at Knott's?
    Updated 04-26-2012 at 01:01 PM by DisWedWay
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    It has been a couple years since I was in Knott's but my last memories of GhostTown were swapmeet like stalls outside the buildings hawking all sorts of swapmeet style wares! It was sad. You had everything from backpacks to writing on rice to glow in the dark you name it's. I was also disappointed that the installation of Silver Bullet turned the lagoon beneath it into a wasteland. In years past you had the option of the mini river boat or the mini train. Now all you have is the mini train and the "view" is pathetic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by techskip
    It has been a couple years since I was in Knott's but my last memories of GhostTown were swapmeet like stalls outside the buildings hawking all sorts of swapmeet style wares! It was sad. You had everything from backpacks to writing on rice to glow in the dark you name it's. I was also disappointed that the installation of Silver Bullet turned the lagoon beneath it into a wasteland. In years past you had the option of the mini river boat or the mini train. Now all you have is the mini train and the "view" is pathetic!
    Techskip, you really need to get back to Knott's. It has improved so much in the last two years (mainly in the last 6 months). Very impressive what they've been doing. Rebuilding Ghost Town building by building, redoing the streets, fixing the effects on the rides, creating new planters, bringing back props and theme to the streets. Really fantastic.

    I just think it's great that Knott's, SeaWorld and Universal are all stepping up their game. It's good for Disneyland to have solid competition. Keeps them on their toes and building quality new stuff.

    Sam brings up a great point that the shopping and food at Knott's are mostly superior to Disneyland (and least in variety).
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    The historic shooting arcade is not that historic. The site was the Silver Dollar Saloon and sold berry punch, sodas and pickles and such. The original light activated shooting arcade was in the spot next to the Mine ride where the Panda Express now resides.
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    Sam you reminded me of Disneyland's Mineral Hall which was free to walk through, and I purchased my first Ultra-Violet Products light and mineral set there labeled Walt Disney's Mineral Land-Rocks and Minerals which I still treasure. I also bought some mineral samples from Knott's to add to my collection and class Science project back then and still have them. The Mineral Hall facade is still present at Disneyland but not in operation as it is at Knott's. Paris Disneyland's Eureka Mining Supplies in Thunder Mesa, is very well outfitted with authentic 1880's mining equipment, artifacts, and minerals that Bud Hurlbut would have loved as well as Walt. I know guests are always trying to buy them off the top display shelf, as plush is sold in the lower marketing shelves. Last time I saw the authentic open cage mine elevator was full of Pooh Bears?? Maybe following Knott's, some talented informed buyers could stock these shelves at Knott's and Disneyland's once more. They could visit Thunder Mesa's Big Thunder Mining Company load building at PDL and go to the Caretaker and Formen's Office upstairs and see the great collection of artifacts to look for. PD
    Updated 04-26-2012 at 04:41 PM by DisWedWay
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    I don't know who did it first, but SFoT had a light-activated shooting gallery for quite a while. (I wish KBF still had one, even though I like Panda Express.) I went back last summer, but I don't remember seeing it. I'll have to ask my brothers who still live in the D/FW Metroplex (Yeah, that's what it's called.) and go to SFoT every chance they get. I like the Silver Bullet, but I wish they had put it in a different place; maybe the Fiesta Village.

    If you're inside the park and want to try Knott's fried chicken but don't want to stand in line, you can get the chicken at Ghost Town Grill.

    All things considered, I prefer Knott's over DCA, even with DCA's changes.
  18. Not My Real Name's Avatar
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    Has anyone here stayed at the KBF Hotel? What's it like?
  19. MrTour's Avatar
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    The Panda Express in Ghost Town killed me. It was like strip malling the theme park. Shooting Gallery was so much nicer!
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    Knott'sis a So. Cal Original. They are taking steps forward. Note the rocking chairson the Western Tails Hotel. Steps back...pop Music in Ghost town & the Ponyexpress over Boot hill. I think they are getting it, but Mice age nation willhave to do what they have with Disneyland. An annual pass is a bargain at 70$.Go get a chicken dinner and a Boysenberry pie and support them. Tell them thePop music is no good while you buy your pass.....Oh yeah, take a last look at beautifulCalico square, as it may be your last (lots of unexploded dynamite). All a-board!!!
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