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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:26 pm

Hopefully they maintain it as they go this time instead of letting the ride turn into a jackhammering mess before they addressed it.
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Postby CenturyFlyer » Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:12 am

Even as a park full of "6 out of 10" rides, I am super excited to visit Magic Mountain at some point this year. I assume your rating for X2 was at least 9 out of 10 from your description; did I just miss it? Fun report!
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:41 pm

^ It's a 9.5 out of 10. I can't quite give it a perfect rating since it's a bit too bouncy and Eejanaika exists.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:10 pm

Disneyland- Christmas

Disneyland is always a magical place. It’s a place that can turn adults into children. And that’s especially true during the Christmas season.

It’s even more true when the weenies in SoCal (sorry to anyone who lives there, but this is true) go into a fallout shelter at the first sight of rain. This is the most dead I’ve ever seen Disneyland.

Don’t get me wrong, there were still people there. But we were able to grab front row seats to the parade shortly before it started and never waited more than 20 minutes for any ride.

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Who needs an umbrella when you have a Dale hat and Minnie Mouse ears?

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Also, since when is Clarice a walkaround character at the US parks?


While I’m talking about it, I’ll begin with the Christmas Fantasy Parade. I don’t think I’ve ever had front row seats to a parade (except maybe my town’s 4th of July Parade), so it was extra nice.

There were a lot of cool floats, but the highlight was when Chip ‘n’ Dale saw my chipmunk hat and excitedly pointed over. That definitely wouldn’t have happened if I were in the back of the crowd!

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Look, it's Tim Allen.

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In the Santa Clause, Tim Allen kills Santa and takes over. Did Mickey, Minnie, and Donald kill the elves and take over their duties at the North Pole?

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Chip 'n' Dale took a break from their mischief to point out my hat.


Speaking of those beloved chipmunks, we also had a blast seeing them at the character brunch at Storytellers Cafe. And I cannot recommend this place enough.

Yes it’s a bit pricey, but I thought the food quality was excellent for a buffet. Keep in mind, we had just been to the revered buffets in Vegas. Being able to load my plate with Mickey waffles and prime rib was a dream come true.

As for the characters, they were all extremely interactive. Most of them joined us at our table. So we got into a habit of pulling out our chair for them. But when Mickey came around, he slammed the chair into the table with that static grin on his face. He wanted none of that. :lol:

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I'm guessing not too many people wear this hat to the US parks.

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Dale and I had a lunch date.

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It ended with a kiss.

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Meanwhile, Emily was on a lunch date with Minnie.

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Until Mickey caught them smooching.

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But Pluto didn't care. He was just happy to be out of the doghouse.


Moving onto the rides, Emily’s favorite was Space Mountain, or should I say Hyperspace Mountain. She loved the sense of speed as we rocketed through the star field.

As for me, I sort of wish they were running the original version since I love Michael Giacchino’s musical score, but the Star Wars overlay has better visuals. Regardless, this ride feels fast and has some serious laterals. 8.5 out of 10

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Dale is my Simba.


One difference I noted from past visits was that cast members were being careful not to fully load a train. Even with the single rider line, cast members would dispatch trains with seats or rows empty. That was a bit of a bummer since this thing absolutely hauls when fully loaded.

One other interesting tidbit is that on one of our rides, we got stuck on the brake run. After a few seconds, the dome’s lights came on. :lol:

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I think the most shocking part was that cast members had to manually push us from the brake run.


Another one of Emily’s favorite was Buzz Lightyear. She was determined to beat me. While her score improved each time; mine did as well. She was chasing a moving target. :lol:

Buzz Lightyear feels a bit on the short side, but it looks great and I love how this one doesn’t have the mounted guns of Florida. 9 out of 10

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The Claw!

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I always look bad in the photos for shooters since I'm focused on the targets. But the picture quality on this one was shockingly poor. Is it usually this bad?


Continuing our way through Tomorrowland, we then hit Star Tours. Emily is pretty ambivalent towards Star Wars (except for Baby Yoda, she loves that thing) and found Star Wars pretty bumpy.

I much prefer the rides with physical sets, but Star Tours is easily one of the best simulators. The visuals are fantastic and I love all the interchangeable scenes. 7 out of 10

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Since when does Star Tours have a single rider line?


The last ride we experienced in Tomorrowland was the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Emily was the perfect height to see everything while I had to hunch downwards.

But we both thought the same. It was just ok. The ride is very long and tasteful mixes in Finding Nemo, but it’s not the most exciting ride. 5 out of 10

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Where's Uranus?


In general, Disneyland is an amazing park for a rainy day. However, there are a few rides in Fantasyland that are problematic on a rainy day. The one I cared most about was Alice in Wonderland.

Of the Fantasyland dark rides, this is easily my favorite. The ride still maintains its classic feel, but it also seamlessly integrates some modern effects. Emily felt the same. 8 out of 10

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I sort of wish this random outdoor segment didn't exist so the ride could run in the rain.


The Storybook Land Canal Boats were also tricky to ride. I actually hadn’t ridden these since my first visit to Disneyland. And I quickly remembered why.

This is a cute ride. The miniature displays all look nice. But like the Nemo Submarine Voyage, we both found the ride a bit dull. 5 out of 10

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Disneyland and small castles go together like Six Flags New England and boomerangs.


The rain and smart use of MaxPass allowed us to avoid most lines, but there was one that required a bit more effort- Peter Pan’s Flight. Few things are constant in life. But a long line at Peter Pan is.

Our original plan was to hit this ride at rope drop. I figured most people would speedwalk for Galaxy’s Edge. Much to our surprise, people sprinted to Peter Pan. And I don’t blame them.

So instead, we got in line right before closing and waited 15-20 minutes. That’s really what Peter Pan is worth. It’s a cute ride, but it’s way too short. I don’t think it’s even 2 minutes long. 7 out of 10

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Up, up, and away!


Compare that to Mr. Toad, Pinocchio, and Snow White. These rides may only be a bit longer, but they never seem to have more than a 15 minute wait.

Pinocchio feels longer than most of the Fantasyland dark rides. It’s effects and scenes are pretty low-tech, but there are no dead spots. 7 out of 10

Snow White is probably my least favorite of the three. Like Peter Pan, it’s way too short. I’m interested to see if the rehab elevates this ride like Alice in Wonderland. 6 out of 10

Mr. Toad is the polar opposite of Disney, so that’s why I come off this ride smiling. This ride has reckless driving, beer, and Hell. 7 out of 10

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Ready for our scenic drive to Hell!


One of the true miracles of Christmas is the fact It’s a Small World turns into a very enjoyable ride. I love the Christmas overlay! And I always have fun trying to spot the Disney characters integrated with the dolls. 9 out of 10

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The Small World facade is an attraction in itself.


Speaking of that facade, that is actually where we watched the Believe fireworks. While it’s not the prototypical spot on Main Street in front of the castle, I’d argue it’s better. It’s less crowded and you’re actually closer to the fireworks. Plus, the Small World facade has some great mapping effects.

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I'll be watching the fireworks from this spot going forward.


The one ride Emily hated at Disneyland was the Matterhorn Bobsled. She simply found the ride way too rough and jostly. And that’s a fair point. No one will ever call this ride butter smooth.

Maybe this is the amusement park historian in me, but I do enjoy the Matterhorn. The aggressive turns give the ride character and it’s just pure fun weaving through that mountain. 7 out of 10

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Thankfully no more snow "melted" during my visit.


Emily didn’t feel the need to get the Gadget’s Go Coaster credit, so our time in Toontown was brief. It consisted of a lone ride on Roger Rabbit.

When Emily saw the cars spun, she quickly took the wheel. She didn’t want me spinning it like a lunatic. I guess she knows better having ridden the tea cups with me. :lol:

While Emily struggled to steer our cab, I admired the sights. I love Who Framed Roger Rabbit and this ride captures the feel of the film well except for one small thing. Where’s Judge Doom? 8 out of 10

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This may be the only major ride in Toontown (for now), but I love all the interactive gags in the land.


Moving onto Adventureland, Emily was in disbelief at the corniness of the Jungle Cruise. She was extra disturbed when I knew some of the jokes by heart. And that narration is exactly why I love the Jungle Cruise. 9 out of 10

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The 9th wonder of the world. The top side of water!


Next door is one of the crowing achievements of Disney Imagineering, Indiana Jones Adventure. It’s one of my favorite rides in the world. I love the ambitious physical sets combined with the aggressive movements.

Our first ride was terrible. About midway through the ride, our vehicle came to a stop. The narration cut out and none of the scenes activated. There was no rat screen, no air blasts, no boulder. There was nothing. It was even emptier than Dinosaur. Emily came off as confused as me.

Fortunately, she saw the light. When we returned to Indiana Jones, we got the full experience as intended. Well as full of an experience as Disney can offer (I’m still intrigued by that dry ice effect). 10 out of 10

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Safety first.


New Orleans Square is home to two of the park’s best dark rides. That’s especially true during Christmas when the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay is active.

Having been on the Haunted Mansion as many times as I have, I love the freshness of this overlay. The ride feels way different. It’s impressive how extensive this overlay is. 10 out of 10

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Tim Burton IPs lend themselves well to haunted houses.

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Wheel of (Mis)Fortune


Emily rode Pirates in Florida, so she thought this would be identical. Needless to say, she was caught off-guard by the longer length and bigger drops. 9 out of 10

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I don't have any pictures of Disneyland's Pirates, so here's a picture of the "ripoff" at Europa Park. Looks pretty good, right?


We also stayed in New Orleans Square for dinner. We finally tried the famous Monte Cristo sandwich from Cafe Orleans. And it was absolutely scrumptious.

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Was this meal healthy? No. But was it delicious? Yes!


One of the biggest benefits of the rain was the line for Splash Mountain. Or should I say lack of a line. That was probably the best Christmas gift a Splash Mountain fanatic such as myself could’ve received.

California’s has the best drop and gets you absolutely drenched. It still is my least favorite of the Splash Mountains since the show scenes aren’t quite as strong, but it’s still a near perfect ride. 10 out of 10

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As the temperature plunged, we did too into the briar patch.

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As you can probably tell, Emily didn't want to get wet.


One ride that isn’t near perfect is Winnie the Pooh. I actually can’t remember the last time I rode the one at Disneyland. It’s an ok ride. It’s very short, but it tells the familiar story of Pooh’s Hunny Hunt without that amazing ride system. 5 out of 10

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The empty vehicle speaks for Pooh's popularity with the locals.


I felt bad when I took Emily on Big Thunder Mountain since I hyped up the explosion effect on the final lift. I got excited when the dynamite lit, but the blast never happened. At first, I was optimistic we just got a bad ride like Indiana Jones. But after multiple rerides, it was clear the effect wasn’t happening.

As for the rest of the ride, Big Thunder is always fun. It’s arguably the best mine train out there with that setting, some deceptively powerful laterals, and some quick pops of airtime. 7.5 out of 10

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Big Thunder at night is a must.


Our final land was one that I’m still not used to having at Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge. Emily and I visited the land in Florida, and this one felt identical. And in no way is that a bad thing since Batuu is beautiful.

We missed Rise of the Resistance by a month, but we were able to try out some new positions on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. And we both agree, pilot is definitely the best position. It’s the most involved. 8 out of 10

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If I were piloting that spaceship, it would've crashed and burned into the ground.


We also made sure to see Fantasmic. We had grabbed FastPasses and were escorted into the seated dining area. I’m guessing that was because of the low crowds, but we certainly weren’t complaining.

I absolutely love Fantasmic. The music, fireworks, and characters are perfect. While the dragon was in B-mode for us, the projection mapping effects during its demise were neat to see for a change. 10 out of 10

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Mickey is blowing his load (of fireworks).


Disneyland is my second favorite park in the world. Only Tokyo’s park can top it. I love everything about this park (well except maybe the crowds on most days).

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Disneyland's castle is cute like a puppy. Except this puppy doesn't grow.

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Notice how Disneyland puts the tree on the opposite end of Main Street so it doesn't dwarf the castle.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:31 am

Disney California Adventure

There are two keys for me to have a perfect day at Disney California Adventure- arriving at least a half hour early and MaxPass.

It’s no secret Radiator Springs Racers is the runaway favorite at this park. This means Fastpasses disappear in a flash. If you’re familiar with MaxPass, you know you can get your next Fastpass after 90 minutes or your most recent reservation becomes active.

If you arrive before opening, you can get one of the first reservations for Radiator Springs Racers. This allows you to start getting other Fastpasses, which will probably be ready instantly. Meanwhile, everyone else will be waiting for that 90 minute window to pass on their Radiator Springs Racers reservation.

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It may be called Pixar Pier, but no one dared take down Mickey's face.


Speaking of Radiator Springs Racers, that ride is incredible. Everything from the facade to the show scenes to the race sequence works flawlessly. Emily isn’t a morning person, but she was eager to get out of bed for this ride. 10 out of 10

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Even after going to the Grand Canyon a few days before this, the facade still looked incredible.

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We rode Lightning McQueen to victory.

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Cars Land in general is a work of art...unlike the films this land is based on.


One of the rides we prioritized early in the day was the Pixar Pal-Around since it doesn’t have Fastpass. As you can guess, we boarded a swinging car.

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And like any good boyfriend, I didn’t tell her about this Ferris wheel’s special feature.


I think Emily’s favorite ride was Toy Story Midway Mania. She’s competitive, so she always loves shooting dark rides. And this may arguably be the best one out there. The shooting mechanism is both rewarding and addictive. By the end of the ride, I’m in agony. But it’s worth it. I do it for Slinky. 10 out of 10

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I need a shakeweight to improve my score.


Incredicoaster is a good coaster. I’ve said it before, but it just doesn’t feel like a Disney ride. I know it has the Incredibles storyline, but it’s still feels like California Screamin’. And that’s fine. It has some good drops, a decent launch, a forceful loop, and a few spots of airtime. 8 out of 10

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Totally not biased or anything, but this coaster would've been so much better had it been themed to Slinky Dog. The tunnels could've been his coils.

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Dale wasn't exactly 48" tall, but he stuck on anyway.

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As a whole Pixar Pier looks stunning at night.


Compare that to Guardians. The ride has been completely reskinned from head to toe. And it’s an absolute riot. Rocketing up and down the tower to 1970s/1980s tunes is quite the experience. After my most recent rides, I may actually prefer this to Orlando’s tower since it’s action-packed start to finish. 10 out of 10

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What did we break out of? The Hollywood Tower Hotel.


Soarin’ is visual eye candy at its finest. While I do prefer the old California film, the visuals are still breathtaking. I know people poke fun at this ride’s CGI, but I’m too oblivious to look that closely at what’s real and not real. 8 out of 10

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This airport looks a *bit* better than LAX.


Like Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Run was a complete walk-on. Emily sported a poncho; I didn’t. So per the natural law of water rides, I got soaked and Emily didn’t. :lol: I didn’t care since this one is beautiful and the spinning on the final drop is quite the thrill. 9 out of 10

But Emily’s favorite thing about Grizzly Peak was the feral cats prowling the woods adjacent to it. You could say she’s a cat fan since she has 5 of her own!

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Mr. Grizzly is ready for the park's ugly Christmas sweater contest.

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One of these mountains is not like the other.

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Look at little Figaro off to the left.


The park also has two modern and well-done dark rides in Little Mermaid and Monsters Inc.

Little Mermaid is a clone of Florida’s, but since we really like that ride, I don’t mind one bit. The Little Mermaid has some of the best music of any Disney movie, so it’s nice seeing the movie retold. 9 out of 10

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One difference from the movie is that Ursula's ending is much less gruesome.


Monsters Inc. was oddly the longest line we waited in over the course of two days. And it was only 20 minutes long, so we really lucked out with crowds and Fastpasses. As for the ride, it was good as always. 8 out of 10

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Might as well call her Scrooge.


I also watched California’s version of Mickey’s Philhar Magic for the first time. And I’m torn. On one hand, the music and story were as great as ever. But the visuals on this one aren’t as effective due to the smaller screen. At least Donald is still there at the very end! 7 out of 10

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My experience of watching Philhar Magic was like watching a movie meant for IMAX on a smartphone.


Last but not least, we concluded our day with World of Color- Season of Lights. It had been years since I last saw World of Color and it was the same type of show to some of my favorite Christmas songs. The combination of music, visuals, lights, and water was breathtaking. 9 out of 10

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I guess Mickey likes to watch Donald and Daisy kiss. He's kinky like that.

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Sensory overload.


As a park, I don’t like Disney California Adventure as much as Disneyland. But it’s still a great park and the best rides at this park rival that of any Disney park. And it still has the usual magic of Disney, just in some different settings than we’re accustomed to.

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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby grsupercity » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:58 am

I give you credit for taking so many pictures. I always have to keep reminding my self to take photos. Looks like you guys had an amazing trip
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:59 am

^ It's especially easy to take photos at Disney since everything there is so photogenic.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:08 am

Knott’s Berry Farm

Snow was a massive thorn in our side on this trip. First, it almost cancelled our flight out of Boston. Then, it almost made the roads to the Grand Canyon inaccessible. But it wasn’t until we tried to visit the Giant Sequoias that Mother Nature finally thwarted us.

Sequoia National Park was open; however, it was impossible to reach via rental car without voiding your rental agreement. Due to the conditions, tire chains were necessary. And as far as I can tell, no American rental car agency allows these traction devices.

So that left us with an extra day in SoCal. We decided to do some touristy stuff, but not before indulging ourselves in Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Dinner. And since we were there, a ride on GhostRider was a must.

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We couldn't "Knott" ride GhostRider.

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Those blue skies didn't last, but more on that in a bit.


We arrived shortly after opening and hightailed it to GhostRider. I was thrilled to see it open with the park. Maybe I’ve been unlucky, but it has never opened with the park for me in the past.

It has been 3.5 years since the retracking and GhostRider is still riding like a dream. This is about as smooth as a conventional wooden coaster can be, which is mighty impressive considering GhostRider’s aggressive layout and cycle count.

And that layout is masterful. The ride is perfectly paced and feels way faster than its posted speed. The ride mixes airtime and laterals seamlessly. And it has two defining moments in that drop into the second half (crazy ejector airtime here) and unbanked final helix (you will fold over the seat).

Unfortunately, our visit didn’t allow for any night rides on GhostRider, but I was just content to get a back row ride on this incredible wood coaster. 9 out of 10

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Even GhostRider was feeling festive.

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This is an absolute godsend on a busy day.


One ride on GhostRider wasn’t enough, but Mother Nature had other plans. SoCal was (of course) spared from a snowstorm, but it did start to sprinkle lightly. I didn’t think much of it, but it was enough to close almost every outdoor ride.

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Good thing it rarely rains in SoCal because the rain policy at Knott's is laughably bad.


The only two I saw operational were the water rides. And since it was 60 degrees, it was too cold for the locals to ride them. But it wasn’t too cold for New Englanders! So we happily walked onto the recently renovated Calico River Rapids.

Maybe my expectations were a bit too high after riding Movie Park’s Excalibur, but I thought there would be more theming considering the hype around the addition. While there were new props, the ride didn't feel radically different to me.

But it did have plenty of rapids to make us rethink our decision to ride it on a cooler day. :lol: With the new props, Knott's took an average rapids ride and made it slightly above average. 7 out of 10

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Thankfully the water rides stayed open through a sprinkle.


Our visit to the park consisted of just two rides, but our visit wasn’t complete until we stuffed our face full of biscuits, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken. Mrs. Knott’s is not just one of the best theme park restaurants, but it’s one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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To my defense, the knife couldn't cut through the chicken as effectively as my teeth.

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Mickey looks ready to eat that pie.


Knott’s is undeniably a full day park, but this was an unplanned bonus for us. It was hard to miss rides like HangTime and Xcelerator, but some GhostRider is better than no GhostRider. Just avoid this park if you see a lot of rain in the forecast.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:16 am

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, and Pacific Park

The glitz and glamor of Hollywood is often romanticized. Hollywood portrays Hollywood (that’s meta) through rose-tinted glasses, but I finally saw the town through my own two eyes.

Yes it’s a land of opportunity. And at first glance, the flashing lights are a beacon of hope. But when you look closer, you see streets filled with ticket sellers, desperate comedians, and costumed characters just trying to make ends meat.

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Hollywood & Highland is one of the most recommended places to see the Hollywood sign, but it's nothing more than a spec on the horizon. I much recommend Lake Hollywood Park if you want to get considerably closer (the place I went to last year).

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Mickey's Runaway Railway wasn't open yet.


I’ll start with the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many tourist attractions cannot be fully appreciated in photos. Take Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon. As awesome as they look in photos, they look even more marvelous in person. The same cannot be said about the Walk of Fame.

Sure it was cool to pose with stars of my favorite celebrities. But we both left thinking, “Is that it?”

Most stars have nothing more than a name. No picture, no fact board, nothing. We both came away thinking your garden variety wax museum was more fun.

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Disney plus...a bunch of other celebrities.

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RIP Big Bird.

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Does anyone else find it ironic Bill Cosby's star is by a Hooters?


And part of that may have been that we felt uncomfortable. We didn’t feel unsafe thanks to the droves of tourists , but it was frustrating to constantly have fliers forcibly placed in our hands and even have some people grab onto us when we tried ignoring them.

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Nothing says classy like aggressively trying to sell this kid a chance to sit in this sports car. This sums up the extracurricular activities that take place on Hollywood Blvd.


By comparison, we had a much more pleasant time at Santa Monica Pier. I still think this is place is overrated as a tourist destination, but it does have an electric atmosphere. It feels like an upscale version of Old Orchard Beach.

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Most people know about Santa Monica Pier.

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And most people are aware there's a park there.

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But only coaster enthusiasts know its name.


And for us coaster enthusiasts, you’re probably well aware of Pacific Park. Even non-enthusiasts probably recognize West Coaster since it’s featured in Grand Theft Auto and pretty much any background shot of Los Angeles.

The park is ridiculously compact. West Coaster circles around the perimeter of the park and there are several flat rides contained within.

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The staff at Pacific Park is super friendly. Just look how they give each other hugs for warmth.


While there, we took a quick spin on West Coaster. The operator seemed perplexed we chose to ride in the back, but I knew what I was doing. Most enthusiasts bash this ride as boring, but the back has a surprising moment of sustained floater airtime on the “big” drop.

That moment alone is why I enjoy West Coaster. Beyond that, the coaster has two helices. The first is super slow, but it works to the ride’s advantage so you can appreciate the sights. The second helix isn’t too forceful, but the train generates decent speed by the end.

Yes it’s a bit pricey, but it’s par for the course for a pier park. West Coaster is iconic and while it isn’t a major thriller, it does have one good moment and it immaculately smooth. Plus, they give two laps. 6 out of 10

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That's a very clever Christmas tree.

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The "big" drop may not look like much, but it gives some legit airtime.


Do I regret seeing these iconic LA destinations? No. Do I plan to return? Not in the foreseeable future.

But these two destinations are so iconic that you almost feel obliged to check them off a bucket list. And at least Santa Monica Pier offers a decent coaster with it.
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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

Postby bert425 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:58 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:^ It's a 9.5 out of 10. I can't quite give it a perfect rating since it's a bit too bouncy and Eejanaika exists.


I would go back to Japan (and brave Fuji-Q) *just* for Eejanaika!

I loved it that much.

but luckily, I got to ride it a bunch, so got it out of my system for a few years :P

I have to, at some point in the next year or so, book a weekend trip to California, to make it to SFMM. I've never been, and I have a freaking season pass!
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