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Ok so what is it with GhostRider being closed on weekdays in May?!?!?! I wanted to go in the middle of the week to beat the crowds! Is this rehab time?!

 

that sucks. i was thinking the same thing. i'm sure they are doing some kind of work. i don't think knott's closes rides just because.

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Maybe now that the rehabbed version is pushing three years, they have to slightly increase the frequency of maintenance and track repairs. It is usually not closed on weekdays in May.

 

Kind of a bummer, but I will support anything that keeps the coaster fast and smooth for as long as possible. It is running like a dream right now.

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I stopped by the park yesterday to check out the last day of the Boysenberry Festival. The park was PACKED, especially over by Ghostrider where about half of the food stands were located, but it was still an enjoyable day.

 

This was my first time at the park since WCB. I noticed others talking about a single rider line at Ghostrider (which I didn't use, since my fiancee was with me and she wanted to ride together). Somebody had mentioned that you need to ask a ride op whether they're using it that day.... not anymore! There's now a sign installed outside the queue building, telling riders whether the SLR is open or closed that day.

 

We picked up a tasting card and some good boysenberry eats. We mainly focused on food items that weren't carried over from previous years. Some thoughts:

 

- Boysenberry chicken jambalaya: This was the first item we tried and I had mixed feelings about it. Each bite delivers the flavors of the chicken, sausage, and other spices from the get go, and then the boysenberry flavor is almost an aftertaste. I'm pretty sure they took a good recipe for jambalaya, threw in some boysenberry syrup, and called it a day. That being said, it was delicious; the boysenberry just seemed unnecessary.

 

- Boysenberry habanero baked mac and cheese: I'm a sucker for good mac and cheese. It had good flavor, and the boysenberry flavoring fit well with this one. The only disappointment was, for something claiming to contain habanero, I didn't taste much spice at all.

 

- Pulled pork tostada: This was another one which - though it was delicious - I had mixed feelings about. It was pulled pork, on top of a tostada shell, drizzled with shredded cabbage and boysenberry BBQ sauce. Were they going for Mexican food, or southern BBQ? Either way, it worked really well and I really enjoyed it.

 

- Boysenberry sausage: This was the only carried-over item that we had yesterday, just because it was always delicious in past years, and it did not disappoint. The sausage had great flavor, it had that good snap when you bite into it, and the boysenberry mustard complemented it really well.

 

- Boysenberry chili in a boysenberry bread bowl: Holy cow, this stuff was good! After trying the jambalaya, I was expecting the chili to be a somewhat bland bowl of chili, overpowered by boysenberry syrup. It actually had a decent amount of spice, with just a hint of boysenberry - just the right amount. It was drizzled with cheddar cheese, as well. The bread bowl was boysenberry-colored and also had just a hint of boysenberry flavoring. It was a delicious combination, and I would've gladly gone back for another bowl if the line wasn't so long.

 

- Boysenberry pot roast with boysenberry mashed potatoes: I believe the pot roast was also a carry-over from last year, but I don't recall them serving boysenberry mashed potatoes with it. The pot roast is always delicious - good flavor, and tasted like it had been slow-cooking all day in a pot of deliciousness. The boysenberry mashed potatoes had just a hint of boysenberry and complemented the pot roast really well. It was also drizzled with sliced carrots, which had soaked up the flavor of the roast and were also delicious.

 

- Salmon with mixed greens: This was a lighter entree, which consisted of a small piece of salmon served over a bed of lettuce, topped with berries, and drizzled with boysenberry vinaigrette. The salmon was really tasty, and lacked the fishy flavor that's often found in salmon. The fruits and mixed greens with the vinaigrette were refreshing on a warm day like yesterday, and provided a nice break from the heavy foods we'd been eating up until then.

 

- Cinnamon and sugar tortilla chips with boysenberry ice cream: We finished off with this one, and it was quite a tasty dessert. I love the combination of cinnamon and sugar. The ice cream was soft serve, which made it conducive to dipping the chips in it. Yum yum!

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Maybe now that the rehabbed version is pushing three years, they have to slightly increase the frequency of maintenance and track repairs. It is usually not closed on weekdays in May.

 

Kind of a bummer, but I will support anything that keeps the coaster fast and smooth for as long as possible. It is running like a dream right now.

 

I agree 100% with this. Knott's should do everything in their power to prevent GhostRider from tearing itself apart again. At least they gave you a heads up so you can plan around it.

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It's also much more difficult to find open single-rider seats on trains with only two people per row. Sometimes you just get continuously unlucky. Rides with four per row burn through the SRL like crazy.

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Exactly... which is why it's a total mystery to me why they haven't done this yet for Hangtime... where they even have a grouper on hand, and space to do it if it shared the Fastlane path (which is how CGA handles their SR for Railblazer). So many empty seats go by wasted on that, probably way more than Ghostrider gets. Same for Iron Reef.

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I've seen some parks handle SRLs, by having gp be near the exit, and staff is there to notice and get them to seats, if single ones pop up. And I have seen ride ops direct single riders from the regular line, to please use the seat closest to the queue. Then, the single rider can be seated on their side, etc. Easy on paper, I know. But I did it with Twister in Grona Lund. Through their gift shop, too. And for Goliath in Walibi Holland, I seem to remember, as well.

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Hi Knott's regulars, was hoping for some advice. Any idea how packed it might be on this Saturday? Would a fast lane be at all worth it (uhh, the park hasn't been running single train ops, has it)? And, any guess if Friday would be WAY emptier than Saturday? Chance I could Friday instead, but it would be for less of the day.

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Hi Knott's regulars, was hoping for some advice. Any idea how packed it might be on this Saturday? Would a fast lane be at all worth it (uhh, the park hasn't been running single train ops, has it)? And, any guess if Friday would be WAY emptier than Saturday? Chance I could Friday instead, but it would be for less of the day.

 

Friday will be WAY less busy with everything pretty much being a walk-on, so I would definitely go on Friday if you can swing it. I would expect Saturday to be pretty busy, but the Boysenberry Festival is over so it won't be as packed as it was in April. Get there before opening because sometimes they open a few minutes early and go straight to Ghostrider. Ghostrider always has the longest line in the park, so get as many rides as you can before the line gets long. Then head to the back right corner of the park for Xcelerator and Hangtime.

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^^ Xcelerator is on one-train ops right now, but a second train on that ride honestly doesn’t help much anyway.

Since it launches right out of the station, the ride ops have to wait for the train to clear the top hat before pulling the second train into the station. The second half of the ride is so short that by the time the second train stops in the station, the first train is already at the final brake run.

Everything else was running 2 trains last Sunday.

Friday will definitely be less crowded than Saturday, but just an FYI, Calico Mine Ride is scheduled to be down for maintenance now through Friday. Rides that are down for maintenance occasionally re-open sooner than expected, but just know that there’s a good possibility it won’t be open Friday.

 

 

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^^ Xcelerator is on one-train ops right now, but a second train on that ride honestly doesn’t help much anyway.

Since it launches right out of the station, the ride ops have to wait for the train to clear the top hat before pulling the second train into the station. The second half of the ride is so short that by the time the second train stops in the station, the first train is already at the final brake run.

Everything else was running 2 trains last Sunday.

Friday will definitely be less crowded than Saturday, but just an FYI, Calico Mine Ride is scheduled to be down for maintenance now through Friday. Rides that are down for maintenance occasionally re-open sooner than expected, but just know that there’s a good possibility it won’t be open Friday.

 

 

Thanks! Yeah, I just saw that Calico was down, so Saturday it is! Taking a friend who's never been, can't go when the most Knott's Knott's ride is down!

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Hello! In just about a week and a half, ill be visiting KBF for my first time and I'm ecstatic for it since I've wanted to visit since i was very little. I just had a few questions to ask so i can get the best experience possible while im there. What are some not to miss, but easily missed attractions that i should make sure i check out? What are the best places to eat? Are there any shows worth seeing? I'll be there for almost 3 full days, so I should be able to check most of the park out, but i just dont wan't to miss anything cool or worth checking out.

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I'm at the park and there's no line for Ghost Rider. Both trains are running. Possibly all week.

 

You hit the lottery! I had that happen during Knott's Merry Farm and you can bet that's where I spent most of my time.

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Hello! In just about a week and a half, ill be visiting KBF for my first time and I'm ecstatic for it since I've wanted to visit since i was very little. I just had a few questions to ask so i can get the best experience possible while im there. What are some not to miss, but easily missed attractions that i should make sure i check out? What are the best places to eat? Are there any shows worth seeing? I'll be there for almost 3 full days, so I should be able to check most of the park out, but i just dont wan't to miss anything cool or worth checking out.

Not so much at knotts but just down the street is Adventure City which is home of a pretty unique Gerstlauer shuttle coaster. If you're spending 3 days at knott's then i'm sure you're not going to miss anything lol.

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Hello! In just about a week and a half, ill be visiting KBF for my first time and I'm ecstatic for it since I've wanted to visit since i was very little. I just had a few questions to ask so i can get the best experience possible while im there. What are some not to miss, but easily missed attractions that i should make sure i check out? What are the best places to eat? Are there any shows worth seeing? I'll be there for almost 3 full days, so I should be able to check most of the park out, but i just dont wan't to miss anything cool or worth checking out.

 

Three days is PLENTY of time for Knott's. Many of the coasters (GhostRider, Xcelerator, HangTime) have atrocious throughput, so this will give you plenty of time to experience and re-ride all of the coasters.

 

Aside from the obvious ones like the major coasters, the two can't-miss attractions in the park are the Timber Mountain Log Ride and the Calico Mine Ride. Both are very historic rides in the park that are living their best lives after their respective refurbishments a few years ago.

 

As for food, my personal favorite is the new BBQ place near Sky Cabin. I have tried all of the entrees and sides and like them all. The grill near Calico River Rapids (I forget its name!) also has excellent burgers and chicken sandwiches. Yeah, typical theme park food, but these burgers are different - at least in my opinion.

 

I'm not very big on shows. The Charles M Schulz theater always has shows going on, but I rarely watch them so maybe someone else can chime in for this one.

 

A few additional random tips:

1) Try to do GhostRider in both the front and back. I like them both equally, and they're both great. The back is better in the first half, and the front is better in the second half. There is a single rider line, but it isn't open all the time. There is a sign in the outside portion of the queue that states if it's open or not. It can save you tons of time.

2) The front seat is my favorite seat on Xcelerator, but keep in mind that the front car has its own line that splits at the bottom of the ramp, so it is often full and moves very slowly. Back seat is also fantastic, but the front seat on that launch is incredible.

3) Montezooma's Revenge in the back seat. That's all. There's nothing else like it in the country.

4) Get to the park at opening on at least one of your days and head straight to GhostRider. Then head to the back of the park for Xcelerator and HangTime (the Boardwalk is empty the first hour or two of operations), then do the rest in any order you'd like. The park isn't very big and it is very easy to navigate and walk from one end to the other.

 

EDIT: Also, don't forget to check the scheduled ride closures on the park website. GhostRider is closed Mon-Fri every week in May, in addition to a few others scattered throughout.

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Check out Ghost Town. Many little details there that are easy to miss. We seem to find something new each time we go. The park has all sorts of things that you'll miss if you rush from ride to ride. So take your time!

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I'll be there for almost 3 full days, so I should be able to check most of the park out, but i just dont wan't to miss anything cool or worth checking out.

 

I REALLY love Knott's but 3 days? You know Disneyland is like 10 minutes away right?

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^ I was gonna suggest that or even SFMM but I didn't what what his budget looked like. I've never stayed at Knott's a full day and I felt I got the full experience, personally lol.

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If you're going all the way from Kansas to California and you're not going to Disneyland, you're doing it wrong.

 

Knott's is a lot of fun though. Ghost Town is great, lots of fun shops. The cave in Camp Snoopy is cool. Don't miss any opportunity for boysenberry anything, especially the pie.

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