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    Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!



    Ride the train; beware of robbers.

    Ride the Stagecoach.

    The bumper cars are not too slow for 10-year-olds and their parents.

    In my opinion, Mystery Lodge has aged surprisingly well.

    If it's hot and you see the western stunt show in the outdoor theatre, sit in a covered wagon or--if they're full--sit in the spash area near the stage.

    See the saloon show in the summer. They have two funny can-can dancers in the show during the summer that might make you miss Disney's pre-Eisner Golden and Diamond Horseshoe Revues.

    Jaguar is a great, first, big coaster for kids.
    Xcelerator is a nice, last, big coaster for aging adults.

    Bring some frozen water bottles because beverages are even more expensive than they are at our beloved Disneyland. Employees are very nice about giving free glasses of ice water at refreshment windows.

    Remember Billy Hill and the Hillbillies who performed at Disneyland all those years? They're now at Knott's. I hope I can hear them do their excellent and interesting country versions of Beatles songs.

    Ride the Pony Express first and if no crowd is there yet and the employees will let you stay on, ride it around twice. (It's so short, it should take everyone around twice--then it's a worthwhile ride--at least for me and my kid.)

    Knott's Season Pass might be the best theme park deal in S. Cal. For about $100 more, one adult can purchase a Platinum Pass that includes parking. Both the platinum and Gold passes include the adjacent Soak City water park. How does this compare with Raging Waters? Any tips on how to enjoy this water park? The Platinum Pass also includes admission to all Cedar Fair parks in 2014, including Great America in Santa Clara--south of San Francisco--and the great Cedar Point, which is like Magic Mountain, but is more scenic (along Lake Erie in Northern Ohio), and with--in my opinion--better roller coasters. The Gold Pass also includes admission to Soak City.

    Season passes don't include the phenomonal, transcendent Halloween Scary
    Farm
    , which you must experience. (Visit that in late Sept. for shorter lines and fresher monsters.) The Hanging is an insightful chronicle of our times; stand in the "slash area" near the stage. I suggest that you NOT bring kids under 13 to Knott's Scary Farm.

    Return for Christmas and enjoy the small stage shows in Birdcage Theater. Snoopy on Ice (also appearing in the summer?) shows range from good to excellent.
    My daughter enjoyed the Christmas parade where guest kid marchers (who'd rehearsed) added a charming small town-like feel, but Gerald70, in a post below, wrote that the Christmas parades were discontinued in 2013. Thanks, Gerald.

    And thank you, Miceage, for your past lobbying for
    western music that better matched Knott's large Ghost Town!

    Hope some of the tips are helpful!
    Please add more.

    Note: posts below made suggestions for changes to this list that have been made. Thanks again for those!

    --Tom Sinsky
    Last edited by jcruise86; 11-14-2014 at 02:14 PM. Reason: typo & correction

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    You can take Windseeker off the list, it's long gone and in Missouri now.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    It took me awhile to recall that you made this post before. So I was a wee bit ****-eyed when you said the music didn't match Ghost Town. Then I saw you mention Wind Seeker and was like 'Oh! They made this post before that's why it confused me.' Maybe not totally like that but it's the idea.

    Thanks for the tips! Before to mention the still new TMLR and the under refurbishment CMR.




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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    It's spelled Xcelerator.
    There's also an ice show in the summer and it's not to be missed. A great way to cool off when it's hot.
    The Native American presentation in the Indian Trails area of Ghost Town (next to the Bottle House) is a must-see.
    Say "Hi" to Snoopy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang. Better yet, take a plush version home. The majority of the "Peanuts" products are not available outside of a Cedar Fair park.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Get a Gold Pass and enjoy Soak City during the warm summer months especially if you have kids that love the water ( I have yet to meet any that don't!). Once a week my family and I will get to Soak City around 11, have some fun in the water park till about 3 or 4, go have a nice dinner at Mrs Knotts, then spend the rest of the evening in the park.

    Here is a great money saving tip. Purchase the refillable drink bottles. I believe they were 12.99 last year, less if you buy more than one, and the rest of the year you can have refills for .99 cents (less if you have a pass and use your discount). You will save A LOT of money on drinks.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    When is it busy buy a Front of the Line Pass, buy a Charlie Brown T-Shirt for $19.99 (I am wearing mine right now). Do not do The Boomerang right after lunch. Lol! If it gets hot, ride the new and improved log ride. Do not ride Ghost Rider together with two big guys (My dad and I). If you are too big for a ride (I was for Xcelerator), the CM will let you go right to the front of another ride of your choice. I miss the old soap box cars. Meet Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Do not ride Sidewinder if you have motion sickness issues.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    I just updated the first post. Thanks for reminding me of the changes!

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Any new tips, anyone?

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    It should really go without saying on Micechat, but make sure you catch Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies!

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Quote Originally Posted by ExJungleSkipper95 View Post
    Get a Gold Pass and enjoy Soak City during the warm summer months especially if you have kids that love the water ( I have yet to meet any that don't!). Once a week my family and I will get to Soak City around 11, have some fun in the water park till about 3 or 4, go have a nice dinner at Mrs Knotts, then spend the rest of the evening in the park.

    Here is a great money saving tip. Purchase the refillable drink bottles. I believe they were 12.99 last year, less if you buy more than one, and the rest of the year you can have refills for .99 cents (less if you have a pass and use your discount). You will save A LOT of money on drinks.
    Excellent tips that will improve my visits! Thanks, ExJungleSkipper95--I'd expect no less from a fellow, brave Jungle Cruise guide.

    And thanks too, Brendonb28 & Hakuna Matata!

    Now how bad and common are these "FunTV" sets in the attraction lines? Apparently not that bad, or Micechat legend Norm would be going after them the way he successfully attacked the contemporary music in Ghost Town that I believe Raffi replaced.
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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Now how bad and common are these "FunTV" sets in the attraction lines? Apparently not that bad, or Micechat legend Norm would be going after them the way he successfully attacked the contemporary music in Ghost Town that I believe Raffi replaced.
    They aren't that bad, but they aren't that great either. It's pretty much exactly what they look like. Not very well themed television sets that remind you about all the food deals and specialty items, as well as show a few bits about Knott's from back in the day.

    My tip would be to wander around Ghost Town and explore all the nooks and crannies. There is a lot of great stuff hidden all over the place..

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    There was no Christmas parade in 2013, and no suggestion that it's coming back.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Quote Originally Posted by gerald70 View Post
    There was no Christmas parade in 2013, and no suggestion that it's coming back.
    Thanks, Gerald! I updated the list in the first post. It sound like the summer entertainment is impressive, including acts that used to be at Disneyland.

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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    The "$10 all day free refill" drink bottles aren't a bad deal. We got them on the most recent trip and I believe they're honored at any fountain drink outlet. Berry punch on demand is a beautiful thing
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    Re: Updated Knott's tips. Please add more!

    Any tips on how to best enjoy Soak City?

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