Obviously this is all tentative but again, just like my last Haunt trip I am in the month before planning stage like I was... The problem is I dont know what to plan and I dont know what to really visit or do this time.
Obviously my sister wants to hit Disneyland and with the What Will You Celebrate promotion we might as well do that since its free admission on that Friday of my Birthday 1/23 so if all goes as planned we more than likely have friday planned already [I told her to suck it up about missing out on Screamin, Soarin, and Tower of Terror because we will doing Disneyland only since I do like DCA but the 4 Disney mountains are more important... plus its going to be my Birthday]
This brings me to Saturdays plans... I want to go do and visit something else hopefully theme park related... but I dont really know which one I want to go visit not to mention which ones are the most cost effective and hopefully least crowded being that January is usually the off season for theme parks as far as I know out there [anyone living in cali want to give some advice]
Anyhow.... I have a bit of a question regarding Knotts and crowds for 01/23/08... I know they are running the food drive in January with the admission for $22.95 with donation which is far better than the discounted tickets I can get for $29.95 through my savings program... Knowing Knotts and their Discount days usually getting packed... does anyone know about how busy they would be during the month of January with the discounted admission and food drive that I have read about on Darkbeers blog?
I know they usually get crowded whenever they run discounted admission but taking off season into account... what do people predict... do you think its going to be a madhouse like the Toys for Tots days... or is it going to be just fairly crowded, maybe manageable, or will it be omg insane dont even try going type of crowds... I just want some input as I might be debating on doing Knotts since I still love it and will always love Knotts [despite them being owned by Cedar Fair I actually love some of the rides there, I just wish they didnt take out so much to put the amazing and awesome roller coasters in]
Anyhow I am debating on going to Knotts around the time of my Birthday... possibly shooting for Saturday 1/24; however I would hate to choose a day thats OMG Packed to the brim with 2 hour waits for Xcelerator, Ghost Rider, Silver Bullet, and while I dont touch Supreme Scream with a 10 foot pole I know my sister will want to ride it and probably drag me on... and I know that one gets a long wait.
My other train of thought was going and visiting Universal Studios Hollywood since the last time I went there was when I was 16 years old [I will be turning 22... so thats been a good 6 years since I have been there]... Does anyone know if Backdraft has shut its doors yet or will it be open to do it one last time? Same with the Special Effects stages? Also... Knowing January they usually run the buy a day get a year free but the last time we went in January the park was not too crowded and wait times were very manageable... the only downside I see to Universal is the short hours the park has and the small amount of attractions... Also I know they can be pretty pricey when you compare the cost to Knotts... not to mention no more King Kong on the Backlot tour... but still there is probably Jaws, Earthquake, The Mummys Tomb, The Broken Bridge, and the Flash Flood still on the tour which is a plus!
Plus i have never been able to experience The Simpsons Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, House of Horrors, and Shrek 4D yet so there could be some new stuff to experience plus the thought of an all you can eat pass for 24.99 extra seems like it would be some type of savings on their overpriced park food! Does anyone have any tips or suggestions in regards to Universal on the Saturday of 1/24... have things changed dramatically since 6 years ago [other than the new attractions] or is it mostly the same.
and Third train of thought... For that saturday I was thinking of hitting Six Flags because I love Roller Coasters and theres 15 or more of them there. The problem... my sister hates six flags and to some degree I also am not too keen on it... Their ride selection is awesome... they are fun if you love roller coasters but on overall theme and attitude of the park... it just doesnt stack anywhere in comparison to the other SoCal parks... plus they are very far... like all the way up the interstate 5 and farther out of the way... still I do save almost 25.00 on tickets and can get Tickets for 31.00 which is almost as cheap as what I can get for Knotts. And with them being only open on weekends I would assume that January would be the off season for them and crowds may be very light!
Then we would check out of the hotel on Sunday and head back to Phoenix... but obviously before driving back to Phoenix we would make a stop at the Beach and Rubys on the pier before driving back... gotta hit up the pier and Rubys again... My sister and I already agreed we would do that again.
So I guess my only question is about that saturday 1/24... since I am in the planning stages... does anyone have any good advice... keep in mind with the economy as it is we are trying to go as Cost effective as possible but still want to just take a weekend and what better way than my Birthday finally falling on a semi weekend... I have hotel and gas already paid for no matter where I go with some perks I have so that keeps costs down... really the only costs we will incur is any admission tickets, shopping, and meals when we are out but we are looking at ways to splurge on some things, take advatage of discounts on others, and cut back costs or eliminate them on others.... any advice would definitely be helpful