I've had a disney pass this past year but haven't been to Knotts in several years. My sister decided to get a SP so I did too (at $72 how could you not?) and I went yesterday to get the physical pass for a planned trip with my niece today. Parking was fine in the 3 hour lot, but lets just say I've been spoiled by Disney for everything else!
Getting the actual pass was a breeze and took two minutes tops, but writing my name on it seemed so sketchy! I decided to walk around a little since it had been so long and thought it would be fun to do a coaster...only I can't do stairs due to a recent knee surgery and I didn't have a pass. They were kind enough to let me, but what a hassle for the workers to have to leave the loading dock and come escort people on the elevator! Unfortunantly I was denied riding due to having a wrist brace on from a recent surgery. I decided to head up to main information to get a pass and see what other restrictions they had...they gave me a pass that said I could go on the train, stagecoach, merry go round, and another train, that's it! I decided to call it a night and learned my lesson to just wrap my wrist for future trips!
Today was fun but it's way different than disney with a young child! My niece is 15 months but my sister wanted to do some grown up rides so I was all ready to wait outside and do rider swap, but they actually have you take the kid through the line, onto the loading deck, then have one ride and one wait there with the kid, then hand off and have the next ride. It seems like there could be a lot of safety issues with that method.
Overall, it'll be fine for my summer off of disney and it will be great with my niece, especially as she gets older, and I do love me some coasters, but it's not Disney!