I loved Knott's and I enjoyed it from it's vewry early days pre-rides or paid entrance amusement park times. I saw the changes and had no problem with them. In fact, many of the changes done by the Knott family made sense to making the park a world class place.
NOT NOW, however.
For the last 10 years, I would wait till Christmas time and take my family and friends to the park during it's Holiday Santa's Workshop theme days using their fabulous simple Toys for Tot's promotion. Knott's beat every other park in the town with this special deal for families, military and underemployed folks. (Disneyland corp take note!) It was a simple nice offer, bring a unwrapped new toy to the entrance gate and get into the park free for the entire day to enjoy the Christmas workshops for your holiday shopping, food, shows, and family rides. It worked great.
BUT, then the park was sold off to a mega corp and this deal went terribly bad for the loyal patrons and Toys for Tots folks. The new mega corp 'Toy for Tots' park entrance deal changed dramatically and became complicated and therefore very questionable. Now you had to buy, at the Knott's stores at the park, a new specially priced toy ($20) and you would get only a 20% discount off your normal entrance fee per person. So this new 'deal' was quite different and was a corp money maker for Knott's twice over, in mandated promotional toy sales and an park admission incentive & sales. Hardly, the easy simple and helpful park entrance for families, military and underemployed....
I have not been to Knott's in over three years because of boycotting their park on this issue. What's you experience or ideas?
Please keep your responses civil....I'm not bashing, just wish to air this issue.