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  1. Yeah, I noticed the tree thing too when toggling between the two pictures I posted earlier. In a few cases, there are areas with better tree coverage. But overall, a lot more open concrete than before.
  2. I never feel airtime either. I'm from California.
  3. ^ Technically, Silver bullet took over areas of Fiesta Village and Indian Trails. Though, the visual impact no doubt takes over Ghost Town. If you check out this gallery, you'll find a lot of images that show what Knott's used to look like. http://www.image-archeology.com/knotts_berry_farm.htm To get down to some specifics in regards to your question, this is what the area looks like before Silver Bullet. For reference, look at this old map. http://cbcdc.telkamps.com/images/KnottsMap.jpg (I couldn't find one from the early 2000s that showed a more accurate picture of the park just prior to Silver Bullet, but this should help with locations of some of the following pictures) The lake is in the same spot. The church was removed and the station for Silver Bullet is right behind where it was. http://www.image-archeology.com/The_Church_of_Reflections_Knott%27s_Berry_Farm_W22.jpg As was this building (you can see the steeple of the other church behind it) http://www.image-archeology.com/Knott%27s_Berry_Farm_C_12782.jpg A view of the lake - http://americacoasters.com/Photos/thumbs/lrg-2158-monte3.jpg There is more that I can post, but this is just a bit for now. I'll update with more info when I have the time. hope this helps a little. EDIT: Here is a before/after taken from Google Earth (open in new tabs and toggle) Before - 12/3/03 (The lake is drained and the church is gone. But you can still see the other buildings, including the "old" berry stand) http://i.imgur.com/ND22L.jpg After - 3/7/2011 - http://i.imgur.com/5bMkw.jpg
  4. I'll second this. I was really frustrated when the park closed and everything was torn down with the exception of a few ride relocations. but then those rides were never rebuilt. See, I visited the park for the first time in 2004. But for some reason, half the rides were shut down. Mainly the ones I was really looking forward to riding: Ultra Twister (because of how unique it was), Batman: The Escape (because I was too small to ride it when it was at SFMM) and Greezed Lightnin' (because of how much I love Monte).
  5. I don't think that is true. The things I remember most about KBF that are gone now are mostly the "little things" like the mural that used to be in the tunnel, how creepy the church+reflection lake were during haunt, the "original" berry stand/vines, and even the dolphin show! Let alone the bigger attractions I loved like Soap Box Racers, Parachute drop, and the Haunt shack. Ah, yes. How true it is, Joey. I do miss all those things you mentioned. To add to that list, I'm gonna give a shout out to XK-1. I loved going upside down on it for as long as it would let me. But you know, the loss of charm is all relative. Some people might say that Knott's lost its charm with the removal of: the parachutes, Wacky Soap Box Racers, Corkscrew, etc. People of an older generation may argue that charm was lost when the aforementioned attractions were installed in place of whatever else where there before. In due time, there will be a generation of people upset at the removal of current attractions that we deemed to be ruining what was there before. So, regardless of age, no one is wrong in feeling that charm is being lost around the park.
  6. Yeah, it's strange that they didn't change the color scheme after they changed the name and theme of the ride. But if they were going to change that, I'm assuming that they would have done it in a much earlier stage.
  7. Interesting. They never changed the color scheme from when it was going to open as "Mr. Six's Dance Coaster" in 2010. Here is a picture from that press release: http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/mr-six-coaster-magic-6311/
  8. Yes, it was VIP ... because I don't care to spend an hour trying to get out of the lot after a concert. IMO, when you pay to park VIP, it's not particularly VIP Parking, it's more VIP "leaving". Well worth the extra $5-$10. VIP leaving - I never thought of it that way before. Kinda funny thinking from that perspective, and I totally agree because at Irvine Meadows it can be painful getting out of that parking lot. And unlike some other venues, you really don't have another choice as far as parking locations off site. The Grove of Anahiem and Honda Center both have awesome offsite parking that are right across the street from the main parking, way cheaper, and very easy to get out of. And I think that if I ever see something at Nokia or Staples, I'm taking the Gold Line in. Also, it's not about being "cheap." People have all different levels of income. In a hard hit economy such as this, for me, saving a few bucks here and there can really make a difference when you add it up.
  9. I can't speak for the other things you listed, but you pay more than $20 for parking at a concert or sporting event? Really? I've gone to many concerts an games over the years and have never spent that much. In fact, the last concert I went to, the parking was FREE. Oh, and the one I am going to next week? Also FREE. Other concerts? Usually no more than $10 or $15. Sorry, but Elissa is right and you are totally wrong. At least in terms of what she is talking about and the comparisons you're making. I'm not sure where you're parking for your sporting events and concerts, or maybe you're going to concerts and small little dives, or parking miles away, but any BIG venue, to park ON SITE, it can to between $20 - $40, depending on the venue, depending on the show, and depending on what night of the week it is. Sure, you can always find parking for cheap, up the block, around the corner, at some shady guys dirt lot, but that's like saying "I parked at Wendy's and walked up to Magic Mountain", and those aren't the apples to apples we are comparing. So before you go and try to "prove Elissa wrong" with some god damn snarky attitude that makes you think you're cool to show her up, why don't you at least hear her out and realize what she's talking about before you go shooting off your mouth looking like a fool. --Robb "Sorry to sound so bitchy, but I'm just getting real sick of this holier-than-thou attitude I've seen from some of our memebrs lately..." Alvey I wasn't talking about parking up the block, around the corner, a shady dirt lot, etc. Nor was I talking about seeing small shows at a dive. The shows I am talking about? Well, last weekend I attended 'The Big 4 Festival' in Indio. It took place at the same venue where 'Coachella' and the 'Stagecoach' festival are held every year. Every single one of those events offer free parking. And I'd hardly call them a "small" event. The concert I am going to next week is Chris Cornell at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Parking for that venue is free for most of the year. Now, I do stand corrected in that after the month of April, they charge $5 for parking on site. And in a followup post I said: So I do understand that the high parking fees are offsetting the discounted admission prices. But my statement wasn't that I'm pissed that Six Flags is charing $20 for parking, it was that I was surprised at the listed costs of parking at given events when I know I've payed less.
  10. ^^ I've parked at a lot just outside the main parking lots at Honda Center and The Grove of Anahiem. Both were $5, virtually equal walking distance, and quicker to get out of when the concert was over. $25 for Irvine Meadows? This for general or VIP? I've been there many times and never paid that much, if anything. The only thing I'll agree with is that since the parks are charging so little for admission, they need to make up for it somewhere. ^ Exactly what I was thinking in regards to public transportation.
  11. Yup. People with good paying jobs -vs- broke students and the unemployed.
  12. I can't speak for the other things you listed, but you pay more than $20 for parking at a concert or sporting event? Really? I've gone to many concerts an games over the years and have never spent that much. In fact, the last concert I went to, the parking was FREE. Oh, and the one I am going to next week? Also FREE. Other concerts? Usually no more than $10 or $15. The only thing I'll give ya is football games. I don't go to any, but I do know that parking fees are crazy. But that's also because of the limited number of home games per year. Parking for a baseball game is like what, $10?
  13. Seems like quite a few designers were left off that list.
  14. Well, this is true to some degree. There is nothing special about riding a coaster a month or so before someone else. However, after a certain amount of time, and depending on maintenance, an aging coaster can leave you with a less pleasurable ride. For example: I feel bad for those that didn't get to ride Ghostrider pre-2002.
  15. I have to say that I love how the 'dippin' dots guy' joke is still going strong 11+ years later.
  16. I'm still not sure why Xcelerator wasn't re-painted when it was down for almost a good year after that major accident. But I'm sure they have their reasons.
  17. I had no idea that so much was going on at Gröna Lund as far as the current construction and future plans. This makes me happy because I was slightly disappointed that Magic Mountain was getting a copy of the one coaster that made this park a unique visit, to me. But it's not to say that is would have halted a visit to the park. When I'm in the area to visit family, I'd hit up the park regardless of what is or isn't built. And while a visit next summer was what I was thinking I'd do, I may push it back another year if it means an additional coaster. You know, because why not?
  18. I was remembering how we had that book as part of the SFMM guide on ACN. So I looked it up. 1989. Really cool I must say. I don't think I ever noticed it before.
  19. ^ As I posted earlier, you can't simply blame the track for all that roughness. Recently I had one ride that was very comfortable. Switched trains and it was fairly bad (though, not as bad as it's been in the past). For what it's worth, I was just getting over a back injury when I rode. I was somewhat afraid it would re-injure, but I rode anyways. After both rides I still felt fine. Though past experiences from 2003-2009 left me feeling not so good. So I understand the frustrating with Ghostrider being so rough. I just don't want to lose Knott's only wooden coaster.
  20. Maybe it's a height issue, or maybe it's just me. I've been on that model of coaster before and didn't have any issues. Was it the best thing ever? No. But it wasn't painful.
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