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Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:48 pm
by Nrthwnd
^^ ERT has made me impatient for lines that are over 15 minutes long!

;)

Great TR on your SFMM visit, Chuck. I must get back there, some year.
Looking forward to the Knotts Report.

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:02 am
by ernierocker
The highlight of this day was definitely night ERT on Twisted Colossus. One of the more unique and awesome experiences I've ever had riding coasters!

Looking forward to the rest, Chuck!

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:50 am
by rctneil
Excellent report and an excellent day! It was so much fun to meet up with friends i've met over the last few years and hang out riding some awesome coasters on this day.

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:58 pm
by cfc
I'm glad people are enjoying this report so far--'cause we got a ways to go yet.

The Cedar Fair Day: Checking Out Ghostrider and a Crab the Size of a Cow at Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's and TPR always pull out the stop for West Coast Bash, and this year's version held true to form: early morning tours of two coasters; morning ERT on Xcelerator, Silver Bullet, Voyage to the Iron Reef, and other rides; a great fried-chicken lunch, complete with boysenberry pie, goofy gunslingers, and a wild game of TPR Quest; another hilarious Q&A session hosted by Jeff Tucker, the park's entertainment director, in the Charles Schultz Theater; a behind-the-scenes preview of Knott's Scary Farm's Voodoo maze; and nighttime ERT on the Timber Mountain Log Ride (still the best ride at the park), Coast Rider, and other attractions.

So, what really stood out?

Voyage to the Iron Reef--This is the park's new dark ride, which is in the same building as the old Knott's Beary Tales and Kingdom of the Dinosaurs rides from long ago. This ride has garnered a lot of criticism online, especially from southern California locals, but I can't understand why. It's a very entertaining shooting dark ride with a unique premise--Knott's has been attacked by an undersea creature's mechanical army, and your job is to take them out. Granted, much of the ride consists of digital 3D projections, but it's some of the best 3D effects I've ever seen at any park, and the action is really well paced. Besides, what other ride features an encounter with "a crab the the size of a cow"? Well done! Cedar Fair has announced plans to introduce similar rides at other parks, and I hope Kings Dominion gets something as good as Iron Reef.

Calico Mine Train ("version 2.0"): I last rode Knott's classic mine train back in 2013, just before it was shutdown for some much-needed TLC. They spruced the whole ride up beautifully, and the new animatronics enhance the ride's classic scenes--particularly the big finale. It's good to see Knott's and Cedar Fair recognizing the need for and quality of one of the park's original attractions and giving it such a nice upgrade.

It's also good to see Ghostrider getting a long overdue, extensive overhaul. I never had the chance to ride this coaster when it was in its prime and everyone loved it--only years later, after it beat and shook itself half to death and became rough and painful. We had a behind-the-scenes look at Ghostrider that morning and, of course, there were many questions, such as "Are you getting new trains?" and "Is this a total rebuild?" The stock answer: "You'll know in November." ;) I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.

We had an interesting tour of Sierra Sidewinder's maintenance barn, too, which uses an an elevator-lift section under the station due to a lack of space for a transfer track and a separate barn. Voodoo is the most elaborate looking "haunt" maze I've seen outside of Universal Studios; it even includes a section filled with fog and water to simulate a swamp.

And, yes, Montezooma's Revenge still packs a punch.

Come with us into Knott's.

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:38 pm
by cfc
More photos from WCB at KBF! Abbreviations rule!

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:22 pm
by Philrad71
Glad to see the Ghostrider revamp as this park sorely needs a big thrill attraction to compliment Xcelerator.

Not that MR and Sierra Sidewinder aren't cool coasters in their own right, the park needed another good thrill coaster and I am positive that the revamped Ghostrider will deliver. Given the park doesn't appear to have tons of space, this is the perfect choice for them in terms of a "new coaster".

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:37 pm
by gisco
I would have loved to stay for night time ERT but I had a 5 hour drive home and work the next day. :(

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:10 pm
by cfc
^I rode Xcelerator twice for you, Bob. ;)

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:37 pm
by ernierocker
Yes, I must of been sleep standing after that late night drive back from SFMM. :lmao:

Had a lot of fun this day and it was great being a short walk away from a bed when it was over!

Re: Photo TR: Back to West Coast Bash--and More!

PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:26 am
by mattnz
Great stuff Chuck! I really enjoyed my visit to Knott's back in 2013. Great to see another ride refurb with Calico and the addition of an interactive dark ride to round out the park's collection, which I think is sometimes a little underrated. The new GhostRider will hopefully put the park firmly back on the map.