I suppose an alternate path could be put in going around the house, but they'd be missing the best 90% of the attraction. Is there really a point?
While I'm not a 100% fan of Knott's putting Demon Drop in, can I bring up a few points that many are failing to realize:
- Yes, Magic Mountain had one. For a while. But it's been gone for the last two years, a long time in the amusement park industry, and I would suspect that may people hardly knew of it's presence at all in recent years.
- Yes, Knott's already has a drop ride. However, the feel and sensation of the drop on an S & S model is entirely different than this Intamin model. I mean, when DCA built Tower of Terror, no one complained that "Knott's has a drop ride right down the street!" Mainly because the sensations are different (even disregarding the theming). IMO, the drop sensation on the Intamin tower is the superior one by far, although granted, the stop is pretty rough.
- This is the last remaining 1st generation freefall tower in the US. All other models were dismantled, I believe mainly due to low capacity. But Knott's is a low capacity park, so it really shouldn't be an issue. By moving the ride, a very good thrill is being preserved rather than destroyed.
- While there is a large nostalgia for the Haunted Shack (and I do include myself in that group), let's face the facts... not unlike Mr. Lincoln, no one really did it anymore. Tours were about every 15 minutes, and maybe there'd be 5-10 people. That's about 40 people an hour, if you were lucky. Not every economical to run. Even this freefall ride will probably get more than that. If you really miss it, visit Calico or the Mystery Spot.
All that said, I do agree that:
- If it's going to be unthemed as they say, that's pretty disappointing. I can't argue that.
- It will mar the skyline of Ghost Town.
- The maintenance could be tricky.