COST OF TICKETS: $22.50 after 4pm on Saturday, and $22.50 after 4pm on Sunday.
HOTEL: Super 8 Motel, $61.00 for one Saturday night.
La Victoria Cantina: sides of refried beans, rice, and chips came to about $8.00
Chicken Express: 5 legs and mashed potatoes came to about $9.00.
Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner Restaurant: Sunday dinner of two pieces fried chicken, biscuits, soup, mashed potatoes and corn came to about $11.00.
RIDES AND SHOWS:
Saturday from 4-10 pm: Mystery Lodge, Camp Snoopy, Saloon Show, Stunt Show, Supreme Scream, Timber Mountain Log Ride (4 times), Calico Mine Ride, Calico Railroad, Sky Cabin, Butterfield Stagecoach.
Sunday from 4-7 pm: Calico Railroad, Saloon Show, Butterfield Stagecoach (twice), Bumper Cars (twice), Sky Cabin, Calico Mine Ride.
I can't imagine buying anything but the $22.50 (after 4pm) tickets. There's not enough to do at that Park that would justify anything else. I have a heart condition, so I can't do most thrill rides. I got on Jaguar, but then didn't have the nerve to go through with it. They're labeling that a #4 "high" in terms of thrills, with #5 being "aggressive". I take that pretty seriously. If it was Disneyland, I wouldn't care, as I do Big Thunder Mountain, and Space, with no problem. It's Disney, you know they won't be too bad. But, this being Knotts......I wasn't going to take the chance, here. Just looking at Xcelerator, and Silver Bullet, I don't know how people do those.
Saturday night gets very rowdy, and very high school. The Park is virtually unchanged from the high point of the mid 1970s. What's changed are the caliber and class of the guests. (Go ahead and read into that anything you wish). In all fairness, I think it was just Saturday night rowdiness in general. Sunday night was nice. Still, the people make the place. And, if you call yourself a budget park, and emphasize only thrill rides, with nothing charming and upscale for the adult set........you know the kind of people the Park will attract. No surprises. The California Marketplace and Chicken Dinner restaurant are still upscale and charming, though.
They've let Fiesta Village go, a little bit, or are they simply remodeling? The Mexican food was not as good as I remembered it, and they don't have ground beef tacos. Just that chewy, shredded beef that I don't like. Loved the music in the bumper cars. Sad about the Roaring 20s, but the sign is still there.
Mystery Lodge was a complete waste. That's a fairly new attraction (1994?) and not one of the classics. Wouldn't go back to see that. The stunt show was too violent, but the theater itself is nice.
The only show I cared to see twice was the Saloon Show.
Knotts really isn't the magical, all-encompassing, total experience, Disneyland is. It's not as glamorous or upscale. I can't do thrill rides. It's definitely budget all-the-way. The Chicken Dinner Restaurant is still good with outstanding biscuits and suprisingly good chicken soup.
I would go back at Christmas to see their Christmas decorations.