Published: January 6, 2011 at 7:18 PMThere was a scary charm about Knott's when I was a kid (I'm in my 50's now), and it provided a clear contrast to visits to Disneyland--it felt rugged and challenging, for one, while Disney felt safe and relaxing. Don't get me wrong--I loved both parks, just for different reasons.
Published: January 6, 2011 at 7:48 PMi grew up going to Knott's. mine ride was a fav. since moving to Pa have only been once. missed the Knott's i remembered.
Published: January 6, 2011 at 8:13 PMI have to say that I was always a Knott's fan growing up. Disneyland was a special once a year event while Knott's was a more frequent trip. You would park on the grass with chickens running throughout the parking lots. You had the run of the place and only paid for the rides. The mine ride was my favorite until the log ride came to be. Knott's is a great theme park milestone that has been degraded by the "bigger is better" crowd, but I still like the old haunts that still exist. Don't get me wrong, I am still a Disney fan, but my first love was Knott's.
Published: January 10, 2011 at 1:03 PMA couple years ago I bought a book about orange county amusement parks thanks to a recommendation from a TPI member. It went into pretty good detail about Bud Hurlbut and how he was pretty much a one-man Imagineer for Knotts. He built so much more than just the Calico Mine and Timber Mountain rides. His influence actually made that park FUN for me as a kid, and as an adult is one of the few draws that still reels me back in.