Photo TR: Knott's, DL, and DCA in 14 Hours + Joshua Tree/LA

Knott's/DCA/DL/JTree/LA/Santa Monica + Recs for your LA trip
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Crosshairs007 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:51 pm

It's a nice start so far, Knott's Berry Farm looks like a very nice place. I would like to go there one day. Can't wait to see more.
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Arthur_Seaton » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:57 pm

These kind of quick, packed trips are the best! I did Indiana Beach and Cedar Point on the same day not too long ago, followed by Cedar Point and Kings Island (same day again), then Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World. It was pretty manic, but I covered a lot of ground.

I think if I were to describe Ghost Rider to someone, I'd tell them that it's not particularly extreme or intense, but it's really just a lot of fun. It has a very classic feel to the design, but the second half feels more modern and relentless. To me, it's a ride that I enjoy without having to brace myself in any way. I do think the back seat is the place to be though.

Xcelerator is the really intense ride in the park — one that, no matter how many times I've ridden it, still makes me tense up. It's a shame you didn't get to ride it as I find it more forceful than Dragster, but it's the same principle really.

And I'm with you on Silver Bullet. I don't particularly like B&M inverts (wasn't that enamored with either Raptor or Banshee), but I love this one. I think contention about the drop colors perspectives of the rest of the ride. To me, it's perfectly sequenced and forceful.

Anyhow, cool report! And what did you think of Joshua Tree, by the way? It's a surreal place, and there's a cool little coaster on the way from LA called the Scandia Screamer that's way more intense than it should be.

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:35 am

Crosshairs007 wrote:It's a nice start so far, Knott's Berry Farm looks like a very nice place. I would like to go there one day. Can't wait to see more.


West Coast Bash, which (at this time) usually runs the weekend after Labor Day weekend in September. It has a day at SFMM, and a day at Knott's. When I was there in 2016, it was the Sunday for the Knott's. Much fun. Lots of coaster rides and flat rides. Great food. Great TPR people to (finally) meet up with. And I stayed at the awesome Knott's Hotel, and included a few days' visit at the Disney Resort as well. A great visit back then.

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby boldikus » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:38 am

Awesome report so far, Jizzman!

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:44 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone! I definitely plan on going back to Knott's this year to pick up rides on Xcelerator and Hangtime. The park was beautiful and a lot more filled in with plants/trees/themeing than I anticipated. It's a great park and I feel like I need to see Scary Farm to truly appreciate the fact that they can pack even moooooooore attractions into the park!

Back at it for part 2!

Recharging and cleaning up, I got a $7 Uber from KBF Hotel over to Disneyland and it didn't take long at all. There is a ride share location at the opposite end of Downtown Disney, but I bet there's a spot at the Downtown Disney end as well.

It was about 5PM, I had my ticket pulled up, and I planned on going into DCA first so I could hit Guardians and Cars. The fact that I was standing in the plaza between the parks on a beautiful 80* day in February was so surreal. I couldn't believe I was able to pull this off and everything worked out so perfectly!

But wow, there are a LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. Taking my first look at the opportunity for Fast Pass, nothing was available except for Indiana Jones at 9:10PM. Perfect, that gives me plenty of time to run between both parks and I have full confidence that I can get on Cars + Guardians in that 4 hours.

I booked it left towards Guardians and my heart skipped a beat upon seeing 75 minutes. WAIT. There are single rider lines everywhere, maybe I can cut this wait time in half! No single rider line. No FP available. Crap. Okay, let's put a pin in this and go check out Cars. It was definitely a different visit than my 2008 visit since Parad... Pixar Pier was totally closed this time around. I went by Grizzly River and was tempted to ride but I wasn't going to risk getting hit with a wall of water as the sun was going around.

Rounding the corner to Cars, again I was stopped in my tracks by nearly full queues. It was an hour for single rider and 75 minutes for the regular queue. FOOLISHLY I got in line without an adult beverage! I buddied up with a group in front of me who had margaritas, glowing drinks, and beer and before I realized my mistake we were 15 minutes in line and I wasn't about to abandon ship for drinks. The line moved fairly quickly and I don't believe I ended waiting the posted time.

Great looking queue and the whole rock work was a great precursor for my Joshua Tree stay - seriously it looked just like the rock structures out there! Of course Disney did their homework and made the ride look as authentic as possible. Boarding the car, I was surprised by the roar of the 'engine' when we took off. It totally caught me by surprise and got the adrenaline going. I've never seen the Cars movie, I just know Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable (or Pepto Bismol) Guy are voices. The leisurely ride eventually turned into the race where you zip around the rock work. It was such a *fun* ride! Don't expect plaster-you-to-your-seat launches or airtime, it's just a fun fun fun ride. 10/10

All amped up off the winning race, I was escorted over to get a margarita at Rita's Baja Blenders for a delicious frozen marg. At this time the sun was setting and the neon lights were coming alive - frick this park looks great at night. Carsland is such a cool spot I totally forgot about how little I cared about my 0% interest in the IP/movie. I feel like I'd have the same feeling at Potterland - I don't really care/have an affinity for the IP but damn this space is a wow factor.

Okay, time for Guardians! Screw the wait times, let's just go ride it.

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It's at nearly an hour and a half. I was totally ready to get in line but I'd never seen a queue that fill at a Disney park before. I figured I'd try my luck again and asked a cast member to look at my app to see if I was missing anything - are there FP's available? Will there be? I've got until close to ride..will I have better luck later? Mollie @ Guardians was a saint and told me what she would do and gave me play by play...with a fast pass! I couldn't believe it. She saved me two hours. I re-evaluated my evening with a FP and got into Guardians.

Honestly, when I first heard about the Tower of Terror -> Guardians I felt a little sick. It didn't feel right. I mean, I'm a Marvel guy and I love both of the Guardians movies.

All of those feelings washed away when I stepped foot in the queue. It looked great, the pre-show was quick and to the point, and if I miss anything it's the spooky Tower of Terror bellhops. They really made the attraction! I think the cast members inside did a good job with the new roles, but they just weren't as memorable as the bellhops I've encountered.

I'm a weird guy that likes DCA's tower just as much if not more than the Orlando version! I don't know maybe since I only visit a Disneypark every 5+ years the experience seems brand new to me every time. The ride has everyone giggling from start to finish. The ups and downs are friggin' epic. I love the airtime and the unpredictability makes it arguably the best drop tower experience out there.

Okay, now I'm really buzzing after that ride. Well..not yet. Adamant about getting another drink before I head over to Disneyland, I got suggested to try this glowing blue drink that tasted like every fruit in the world. It was back by the Monster's Inc dark ride. Sweet. DCA accomplished. ONTO Disneyland!!!
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Turning the corner to this view brings a lot of emotions
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First ride of the day! Let's GOOOO!
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Living a car-less life in Chicago, I could get invested in these crazy cars that drive themselves. Only if I my horn can be Owen Wilson saying "oh WOW!"
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They race every time guys, why aren't there 50 pages in the DL/DCA thread about this?
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Great work capturing the stunning landscape just East of LA
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This was a delicious margarita, and I believe under $10!
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The view from Bugs. I totally walked the long way around the first time haha
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I'm ready to visit my favorite band of intergalactic misfits
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Stunning!
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Oooo, endangered species and precious materials
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I almost forgot I got the free photos, haha
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Thinking about how unsafe I felt around the dented supports at Knott's Berry Farm while riding a drop tower with only seat belts.
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What a treasure that was. Don't let the TOT conversion lower your excitement for this ride, it's phenomenal
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby X2coasterfreak » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:12 pm

Great report so far, I always enjoy reading reports from people that aren't local, it gives interesting perspectives on these California parks!
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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:46 pm

X2coasterfreak wrote:Great report so far, I always enjoy reading reports from people that aren't local, it gives interesting perspectives on these California parks!


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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:58 pm

Very nice, interesting that lines were so long, maybe the Pier being closed is driving those times. Anyway, it worked out fantastically, woot!

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby anonymouscactus » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:26 pm

Awesome report! Just got back from a Knott's trip myself a few months ago, though I had a much better time on Ghostrider than you did :-p. I like Silver Bullet a lot as well. Didn't make it to Disney but maybe the next time I'm out there... the more I read about it the more I want to go.

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Re: Photo TR: Knott's, Disneyland, and DCA in 14 Hours

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:36 pm

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YAY for Margaritas! And the night shots of ToT-G2 look awesome!
Does any of the lighting on it change colour or go off and on, etc?

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