I love Knott's, and this summer's version of "All Wheels Extreme" is my favorite thing (show or ride) in the park. I guess there aren't many jobs riding bikes, scooters, and roller blades; or jumping on trampolines, because they obviously have assembled some extraordinarily talented athletes. New running up walls after bouncing off a trampoline tricks reminded me of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba show in Orlando that was featured at an Oscars. The two kids I took agreed with me that watching the "All Wheels Extreme" was the best part of our Knott's day. And after the show, kids can talk to all of the performers.
Other Knott's observations:
--Parking was a breeze today. We were sent to an all-day lot located south of the TGIF free-for-3-hours lot, and we only had a scenic two-block walk under the Ghostrider coaster and past Knott's restaurant to get to the park entrance. Convenient!
--We purchased one kid's park entrance ticket outside the park, and Knott's had so many ticket booths open that we were second in line when we arrived at our ticket window. The wait was about 90 seconds. Her ticket was $24.99.
--Disney officially allows one to bring food into their Anaheim parks. Knott's doesn't, but it's easy to sneak food in wrapped in the arm of an old long-sleeve T-shirt at the bottom of my backpack. Note from OP: Miceage does not encourage the breaking of any theme park rules and encourages guests to follow all posted guidelines, even really stupid ones. Knott's also charges more that Disney for many beverages, so I have never purchased a beverage there. Their greed wrt liquids may be costing them here.
--Skip the "Cowboy antics" show in favor of the "Wild West Stunt Show" or the "Calico Saloon Show" (with can-can dancers during the summer). "Cowboy Antics" is mostly unimpressively staged violence alongside some mediocre jokes. The "Wild West Stunt Show" still has some life in it, but avoid sitting in that outdoor theater when it's over 80 degrees unless you're in one of the covered wagons or in the splash area front and center.
--"The Mystery Lodge" show is holding up surprisingly well.
--The Snoopy ice show is pretty good, but not the best Snoopy ice show I've seen at Knott's. (Yeah, I wrote that sentence.)
--A very high % of Knott's employees are friendly and hard working.
--Jaguar is a great coaster to introduce kids to bigger coasters. It's like a training coaster for almost the whole family.
--The old fashioned bumper cars, ferris wheel, DragonSwing, Bigfoot Rapids, the swings ride, and other rides may be off-the-shelf, but they're stlll fun. The teacup-like hat ride can really spin.
--Yes, the Pony Express coaster is too short, but the last two times we went to Knott's, we went to this coaster as our first ride of the day and, with almost no line, they let us ride it three times in a row. It's a cool attraction if you can ride two or three times in a row--and Knott's should let every group go around twice. The Pony Express is also the smoothest coaster around, which I like. (Sorry Ghostrider.) Fun fact: the horses on Pony Express are not really taxidermied (unless the cast member lied to me.) The horses are actually alive and afflicted with "equine catatinic paralysis. "
--I know Disneyland is often crowded because it's so great and so many people love it, but it was nice to have very short waits for rides on a Sunday in July.
--Knott's almost always opens at 10, so I can sleep in a little later and still get there to take advantage of the small morning crowds for a couple of hours. Because I drive to Disneyland, it is harder to be there for the 8am opening.
--The Stagecoach is still very good, as is the train--which is held up by bandits. The old log flume and gold mine rides are classics.
--The many artists around the park (blowing glass, painting, sewing, a black smith, etc.) have been wonderful in explaining their work to my curious daughter.
--I like Pinks
and Johnny Rockets, but Knott's could still improve their food. (Update in post below: bad meal at J Rockets's last week. And the wait is usually 20 minutes.)
--My daughter likes talking to Joe in jail each time we visit. I hope this doesn't start a lasting dating preference.
--I saw an employee carrying glasses of cold water to other employees on a tray. It looked really thoughtful and classy, and never happened to me when I worked at Disneyland in the early and mid-80s.
--I've found that Knott's attracts a diverse and nice crowd.