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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:08 pm
by x2isawesome
No one asked about the gr block brake so it didn't get answered. Surprised it didn't come up now that I think about it.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:03 pm
by coasterlvr
x2isawesome wrote:No one asked about the gr block brake so it didn't get answered. Surprised it didn't come up now that I think about it.


does anyone have confirmation of this? sure, there's a crane onsite, but you can't see what's going on near the former mid course brake run area.

jeff tucker is in entertainment and probably wouldn't have had a good answer anyway.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:49 pm
by coasterlvr
West Coast Bash, Knott's Berry Farm day.

Knott's Berry Farm really goes all out for West Coast Bash each year.

Knott's day was going to be really, really long. It all started at around roughly 7:30am while pulling into the McDonald's parking lot for an sausage biscuit with egg, hash browns and orange juice. Then, onto parking and to registration. Showed my ID and picked up all my stuff and tried not to lose it instantly.

The stinkin' badge...
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Do you see that? 4 freakin' hours of ERT! That's can you even hang, amount of ERT.
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Look at this awesome shirt.
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Next while waiting for the gates to open, Robb snapped a quick group photo.
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Enter the gates and make your way to your first ride of the day. We chose Hangtime. Well, because new hotness for 2018! Then some Xcelerator, a trip on Supreme Scream, and one on the old goodie, Montezooma's revenge. I think we finished ERT off with a number of laps on Xcelerator.

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Once the gates opened, we planned to knock out some rides that might have a line during the day. So, the so so popular Pony Express was our destination. Walking to ride Iron Reef, we realized that there was going to be a group photo at 10:30 we forgot about. It being about 10:28 at the time. We made a dash for Wagon Camp. If it said Stunt Show, I would have known exactly where to go. Anyway, we barely made it into the picture. Disaster averted. :)

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Some random photos.
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Before lunch, I needed a snack, so I got one of these...
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The cookiewich is so good. But, I think I should have loaded up on Lactaid pills beforehand since I believe this is what made my stomach unhappy while trying to rest for day 2. :x

Next up was lunch and games. I always look forward to this at West Coast Bash.
Jeff Tucker and Robb did not disappoint and had me laughing as usual. A lot of prizes to be won. I don't remember all what happened, but i kind of remember seeing a dance contest, some trivia questions, and a kid take his bare hand and grab a handful of coleslaw and put it in his pocket.

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Some of the prizes.

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I would probably pay for one of those Hangtime road wheels. It would make a cool clock.

Although I'm local, I've never watched Mystery Lodge since it opened in 1994. Since it was hot, and we had ridden a ton, a show in air conditioning sounded appealing in the heat of the day. So, Mystery Lodge, here we come. But our first try, we got stuck on the lift hill. So, we had to be evacuated. We came back later to try again, and this time we made it over the lift hill.

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I don't remember when it was, I think fairly late because it was pretty dark by then, but I took a break and went to rest in my car for a bit. Came back somewhat refreshed to finish out the day with our night ERT session.

As in the morning, we rode a lot, but did tap out about a half hour early for the hope of getting some sleep before the next day.

Another awesome Knott's West Coast Bash. Thanks to Knott's, Jeff Tucker, Robb, and everyone else involved to make West Coast Bash at Knott's so amazing!

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:49 pm
by The Great Zo
coasterlvr wrote:sausage biscuit with egg


I'll take mine with no egg, thanks.

coasterlvr wrote:...and a kid take his bare hand and grab a handful of coleslaw and put it in his pocket.


Of all the weird things I saw on these two days that made me shake my head, this one is just... I can't even put it into words.

coasterlvr wrote:But our first try, we got stuck on the lift hill. So, we had to be evacuated. We came back later to try again, and this time we made it over the lift hill.


:lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

This is why it's important to read a coasterlvr trip report very, very carefully.

Glad you enjoyed the cookie-wich, which at least looked more appealing than the business end of that stuffed churro of mine. :lmao:

Great post John, great day, had a lot of fun!

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:14 pm
by SteVeUrkle
coasterlvr wrote:
x2isawesome wrote:No one asked about the gr block brake so it didn't get answered. Surprised it didn't come up now that I think about it.


does anyone have confirmation of this?


I wouldn't doubt it. I was always kind of scratching my head why they removed them anyway?

Not that I'd ever want them to even use them during normal operations, but they can atleast be emergency/block brakes to dispatch one train while the other is finishing the course. Also who knows, maybe the trains are beating up the rather newly refurbed track faster than they thought it would? So maybe they've decided they're gonna dumb it down again for maintenance and longevity sake.

Which would suck for because every time I've been in town either it was down or I had no time to ride it after the refurb with new trains and no MCBR. I heard it may not have been *AS GOOD* as original Ghostie but hey it would have been nice to be the judge of that.

I really wish they would have just plug & played the ride El Toro style which still, I've heard, has a fairly decent track which has never had extensive maintenance, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Even if El Toro's rough it never got Ghostrider re-align your spine rough, and it's a much more intense coaster.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:39 pm
by bert425
Thanks for the pics, and the fun read John. . yep, I LOL-ed at getting stuck on the lift hill at Mystery Lodge.

I really love this picture too, and in my mind, you were thinking of me (ok. . maybe not, more likely Laura) when you posted it.

just lovely:

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:49 am
by coasterlvr
bert425 wrote:I really love this picture too, and in my mind, you were thinking of me (ok. . maybe not, more likely Laura) when you posted it.

just lovely:

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yeah, both of you. :)

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:59 am
by bert425
coasterlvr wrote:
bert425 wrote:I really love this picture too, and in my mind, you were thinking of me (ok. . maybe not, more likely Laura) when you posted it.



yeah, both of you. :)


awww..thanks :)

:nina: :nina: :nina: :nina: :lover:

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:09 am
by joelwee
@coasterlvr: Great report. WCB was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I was able to make it. Also, thanks for posting the group pic. My bro and I completely forgot to pick up our copies later in the day. But....holy cow, I have a long neck. :lmao:
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Also, I'm planning on going to Scary Farm for the first time this year (despite living an hour and a half away from KBF my whole life). Those of you who have gone before - how packed does it typically get? Do you recommend getting Fright Lane? I'm thinking of going on a Friday night in early October.

Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:30 pm
by KBrylczyk
joelwee wrote:Also, I'm planning on going to Scary Farm for the first time this year (despite living an hour and a half away from KBF my whole life). Those of you who have gone before - how packed does it typically get? Do you recommend getting Fright Lane? I'm thinking of going on a Friday night in early October.


Yeah, spend the money for Fright Lane. I'd suggest getting that All Inclusive ticket they're offering that has parking and the Boo-fet early entry. Crowds aren't HHN-level insane but if you'd rather enjoy your night than spend a good chunk of it in line just spend the money. You'll be glad you did, especially since it's unlimited entry. HHN charges an arm and a leg for one-time use.