Knotts today is not what it used to be, sadly. Weve know this for quite some time but its nice to see the park touching up on some family entertainment these days. We all miss the Knotts that used to be. In alot of ways it was magical, not magical like Disneyland of course but magical in other ways none the less. For those of us who grew up in the 70's/80's, Disneyland and Knotts were great places to go to, very fun and very memorable.
Heres a great roster of attractions "the Farm" had back in the late 70's/early 80's:
Wagon Camp Theater
Pan for Gold
Bird Cage Theater
Western Trails Museum
Silver Dollar Saloon
Hunters Paradise Shooting Gallery
Calico Mine Ride
Timber Mountain Log Ride
Boot Hill and Ghost Town Peek-ins
Roaring 20’s & Airfield:
Knott’s Bear-y Tales
Good Times Theater
Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars
Buffalo Nickel Penny Arcade
Church of Reflections
El Cinema Grande
Outside the Park:
San Fransico Cable Cars
Cordelia K Steamboat
Miniature Train Ride
Row Boat Ride
and of course........Mrs. Knott's Chicken Restaraunt, thats an attraction in itself, mmmmmm. Also, the Berry Stand and the Funnel Cakes OMG!!!
Disneyland had a great roster of attractions around this time as well, a spectacular roster but don't sell Knotts short, its attractions were iconic and classic as well.
Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train were Knotts' versions of Pirates and Mansion.
Bear-y Tales was their it's a Small World
Sky Jump/ Sky cabin = Storybook/Casey Jr.
Corkscrew = Space Mountain
Calico Railroad = Disneyland Railroad
Ghost Town = Frontierland/Main Street
Happy Sombrero = Mad Tea Party
Gasoline Alley/ Motorcycle Chase = Autopia/Submarines
Dentzel Carousel = King Arthur Carousel
Independence Hall = Lincoln
Reflections Lake = Rivers of America
Knotts was a great experience, one that was entirely different than Disney but just as magical (at least to me)
How did you feel towards Knotts back in the day compared to a day at disneyland?
Here is an AWESOME map from 1978: