That Jungle Island outside of Knott's was a fantastic place for kids to play. i wish it was still there. Actually I read that part of it is there, but used for private events only. Independence Hall was boring though educational. No animatronics as I recall, just recorded voices.
The antique car ride and soapbox racers were fun, but you could see outside the park and ordinary cars driving down La Palma, something you never would see in Disneyland except on the Monorail.
i loved the Pan For Gold attraction and kept walking through its entrance which was a mine cave, until the man working there told me to stop.
They had a neat little church by the lake with a panel that opened up showing a statue of Jesus and as the white lights slowly dimmed the face of Jesus slowly became illuminated by a black light. It seemed like he came alive.
I was afraid to go to the Ghost Town as a kid because I thought there were ghosts there. And there was a haunted shack,but it was stupid, just optical illusions and a tour guide with corny jokes.Not scary at all. But neither was Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
What did scare me were the fake "train robbers" who "robbed" the train while you were on it.
Calico Mine Train was my favorite ride although it was still not as good as Disneyland's Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland.
In later years they had a Kingdom of the Dinosaurs dark ride which was for kids, but it was really well-done - a long slow ride, many good effects, sounds and animatronics. They should have kept it.
After that it seemed like all the new rides were just thrill rides with very little "show" and the whole place lost its "farm" and old-fashioned character.
Overall we liked Knott's OK, it had its charm and fun, but it was always the poor country cousin to the glamourous, Hollywood, upscale Disneyland and I guess it still is.