I was going through an old issue of 'The E Ticket' magazine and it had a couple articles on Knott's of old. It brought back some fond memories of this park (I am 35 years old). I remember the San Fransisco style cable cars that ran through the front parking lot, the little "free" park across Beach Blvd (where Knott's big parking lot is now) that had the little train, merry-go-round, mule rides and the fantastic 'Jungle Island'!
Knott's was a different type of park as Disneyland, but it had a special character back then. Now that Cedar Fair has bought the park, I see more and more of the character than made Knott's special disappearing. Ghost Town, which I always found facinating as a kid (and always liked better than Disneyland's Frontierland) now has giant metal rollercoasters looming overhead. Kingdom of the Dinos is gone and the theme of 'The Roaring 20's' is pretty much gone too. The 'boardwalk' could be any carnival USA. Knott's is become a generic park that could be found over and over in any state in America. Too bad. I miss the old place.