Starting off for now with pre-inside the the park photos from the night before actually went in, followed by a handy overview of the park as currently exists (in my opinion anyway).
Visitor comment left at the Chicken Dinner restaurant by Mr. and Mrs. Art Linklatter
Custom-made Stetson owned by Walter Knott
Old mill stone display behind the main row of stores
The George Washington fireplace
Photo of the original, which Walter and Cordelia visited at some point and were inspired by
Hooray Halloween Tinkerbell!
That pretty much covers the first night...lots more photos to come later on/in coming days. For now, a brief overview of both the good and the bad inside the park and out.
- How not crowded Ghost Town is, or really, the whole park, on a summer Monday...endlessly relaxing and slow-paced doubtless compared to Disneyland on the same day.
- General quality of food and different offerings of snacks, plus variety.
- Amount of specific, unique stores selling different (non cheesy theme park) merchandise: magic store, gun and knife store, fossils and geodes, Native American stores, leather store, many more.
- Amount of unheralded, 'surprise' displays and peek-ins in stores and buildings.
- Very friendly employees/ride workers and performers.
- The Mystery Lodge: great performance and great effects, not matched by Disney in terms of mix of a live show with effects.
- Added/cleaned up segments of the log ride including a 'new' to me starfield/night sky and full moon after the drop in darkness and nighttime forest scene
- Seeing haunt mazes and prep going on in odd corners of the park...so excited!
- The music/ambiance of lights at Camp Snoopy at night: was fun and well-done, some good surprises there too and good ambiance.
- The saloon show/performers at the Calico Saloon
- Ghost Town and Camp Snoopy area music loops/ambiance
- Those really ugly giant Pepsi bottle recycling containers. Recycling is good of course, but those things just stand out like a sore thumb, especially standing outside a well-themed western building....Disneyland wins in terms of themed garbage cans
- The 'roaring 20's'/coaster area of the park truly is bland and ugly. No two ways about it, especially when not disguised with Haunt decorations, actors, and fog. It is the true version of what people complained about DCA's pier being before the sweeping changes: not at all charming, utilitarian, and ugly.
- The writing on the western stunt show: occasionally cringe-worthy in terms of being broad/cheap laughs/easy stereotypes, but still on the whole it is good they still have one and the performers give it their all.
- Lack of anything in terms of a more mid-grade 'dark ride', and the Kingdom of the Dinosaurs/Bear-y Tales building going unused.
That is kind of the overview, and more photos of the park itself to come....thanks for reading!