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I rather enjoyed Voyage to the Iron Reef, but I am very happy with this upgrade/retheme. Voyage definitely seemed to lose popularity over the last few years. I visited on a few very busy Saturdays this summer and it hardly had a line.

 

I'm glad to see Knott's continue to go back to their roots and bring back classics. Unfortunately, given that Bear-y Tales will probably use the same vehicles/ride system, capacity will still suck. But otherwise this is a fantastic addition. I have no idea what Bear-y Tales was like and have no personal connection since I was... born in '99, but nonetheless this will definitely make lots of people happy.

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Here's some random night shots from Taste of Merry Farm.   Camp Snoopy looked the best at night, imo.  I guess I like the lights up the trees thing the best.      The Bear-Y Tales

The rumor was they also wanted the county to be in the "yellow category"  OC is still far away. Source for below: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Rumor is there are some high up California government peeps out in Florida, checking out the parks, and putting something together for your terrible governor who hates parks!

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Retro Knott's Time!

 

This is a pic of a buddy and myself, in one of the (then) Knott's Photo Salon's set ups. Circa 1985.

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The cover of the photo holder.

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Larry on the the left; Myself, "barely holding on," on the right. I was 32. (o;

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Other question: the train they were running was the Galloping Goose. I assume this is only operated during slow park days? It was super neat!

 

Yes knotts only runs steam on weekends during the off season.

 

Fun fact, the Galloping Goose at Knott's (#3) is the only one that has permanently left Colorado. All the others are still here in the state and the only one not original is #1. You have to appreciate Knott's is operating the goose for the reason it was built, to run service when a full size train isn't required. Case and point, slow weekdays during the off season.

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^ I remember riding The Galloping Goose a few years' back, on a previous visit. What was neat about it, was "the robbery" was only in the one car, so the "robbers" really spent a good while acting with everybody in that car.

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Sept.06/19. Didn't ride it this visit, sadly.

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Sept.08/19. The Big Guy, running a couple of days later.

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Other question: the train they were running was the Galloping Goose. I assume this is only operated during slow park days? It was super neat!

 

Yes knotts only runs steam on weekends during the off season.

 

Fun fact, the Galloping Goose at Knott's (#3) is the only one that has permanently left Colorado. All the others are still here in the state and the only one not original is #1. You have to appreciate Knott's is operating the goose for the reason it was built, to run service when a full size train isn't required. Case and point, slow weekdays during the off season.

 

I can say this Colorado would really like to have all the knotts stuff back lol.

 

you can watch this and see a lot of behind the scenes stuff with the railroad.

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We used to go in October when our kids were on fall break. We rode in the cab area of the Galloping Goose quite a few times. The engineer would tell the kids stories and all about the Goose. Kids loved it!

 

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Hello all. I will be going to KBF next Tuesday (11/26) for the first time in a decade (Hang Time, the spinning coasters, and the GhostRider re-profile are all new to me). I will be going with my wife and kids (my older daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, while my younger daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, Xcelerator, and Supreme Scream). My daughters have never been before. Our focus will definitely be on the thrill rides, but we won't be eschewing the milder options. My question: Does anyone have any advice on which rides to hit first, or any other pieces of strategic advice? Isitpacked.com says that crowds, while not low, should be "manageable". We want to maximize our riding time. I haven't been in so long, that I am clueless in regards to strategy. Thank you for any advice that you can give.

-Doug

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Hello all. I will be going to KBF next Tuesday (11/26) for the first time in a decade (Hang Time, the spinning coasters, and the GhostRider re-profile are all new to me). I will be going with my wife and kids (my older daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, while my younger daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, Xcelerator, and Supreme Scream). My daughters have never been before. Our focus will definitely be on the thrill rides, but we won't be eschewing the milder options. My question: Does anyone have any advice on which rides to hit first, or any other pieces of strategic advice? Isitpacked.com says that crowds, while not low, should be "manageable". We want to maximize our riding time. I haven't been in so long, that I am clueless in regards to strategy. Thank you for any advice that you can give.

-Doug

 

My best advice for Knott's is to get there EARLY. Before opening. Sometimes they even let people in line for GhostRider before 10am. After GhostRider, head straight to the Boardwalk and do the rides back there. It usually takes an hour or two before crowds reach the back of the park.

 

Although like ^ said, it won't be too crowded that day. GhostRider can still develop a line though. Get there first!

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Other question: the train they were running was the Galloping Goose. I assume this is only operated during slow park days? It was super neat!

 

Yes knotts only runs steam on weekends during the off season.

 

Fun fact, the Galloping Goose at Knott's (#3) is the only one that has permanently left Colorado. All the others are still here in the state and the only one not original is #1. You have to appreciate Knott's is operating the goose for the reason it was built, to run service when a full size train isn't required. Case and point, slow weekdays during the off season.

 

I can say this Colorado would really like to have all the knotts stuff back lol.

 

you can watch this and see a lot of behind the scenes stuff with the railroad.

 

Honestly, as someone that lives in Colorado, they are doing a fine job. They've kept everything in it's paint scheme when it was in Colorado. Both Durango & Silverton, and Cumbres & Toltec have gotten rid the of former monikers and replaced it with their own stuff. Oh, and they actually run their Goose for the public at Knott's. As long as they keep it up, I'm fine with it. We have plenty of historic stuff here in the state still.

 

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Hello all. I will be going to KBF next Tuesday (11/26) for the first time in a decade (Hang Time, the spinning coasters, and the GhostRider re-profile are all new to me). I will be going with my wife and kids (my older daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, while my younger daughter is tall enough for everything except for Silver Bullet, Xcelerator, and Supreme Scream). My daughters have never been before. Our focus will definitely be on the thrill rides, but we won't be eschewing the milder options. My question: Does anyone have any advice on which rides to hit first, or any other pieces of strategic advice? Isitpacked.com says that crowds, while not low, should be "manageable". We want to maximize our riding time. I haven't been in so long, that I am clueless in regards to strategy. Thank you for any advice that you can give.

-Doug

 

Thrillseeker4552 covered most of it, but I would just add to ride GhostRider at night (particularly in the back) even if it has a sizable wait. It is one heck of a wild ride once it heats up.

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Like others have said, get there about 30 minutes before opening (as they do open the gates early sometimes), hit Ghostrider first thing and then head back to the Boardwalk area for Xcelerator, Hangtime, & Coast Rider. The Log Ride always has a decent line but it moves quickly. Silver Bullet has the best capacity in the park, so you can ride it anytime. Iron Reef is closing in Jan and getting redone into Knott's Bear-y Tales, so you'll probably want to ride it (but I wouldn't wait longer than 30 minutes for it).

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Thanks for the advice. We'll definitely hit Ghostrider first, followed by the boardwalk. According to isitpacked and queue-times, the park is quite crowded today. If it's the same tomorrow, I'll just bite the bullet and get us all FastLanes. After all, I don't get to Knott's very often. Thanks again FireandBlood91, thrillseeker4552, Canobie Coaster, and VegasBaby.

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Looks like Hangtime valleyed during a test run this morning.

 

https://www.knotts.com/explore/live-video

 

It looks like they're taking the train off now. Damn, I was planning on going today, but now I don't know....

 

i would guess as soon as they get the train off, they will probably test then open it with the other trains. but how long it's taking to get the train off, could be a while

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