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Old 12-19-18, 09:52 AM
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Knott's Berry Farm

Maybe not bicycle related, but So Cal community related.

How many of you remember when it was free to get into Knott's?
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Old 12-19-18, 02:52 PM
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I remember several field trips in grade school to the Independence Hall (east side of Beach Blvd) is that side still free?. Haven't been inside the actual park in years.
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Old 12-19-18, 04:52 PM
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Few times as a child, first time in about 1968. Last time I went I was 21. Now 56, not much of a thrill fighting the crowds.
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Old 12-19-18, 07:30 PM
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As a point of reference I'm 64. Up until about the time I was in 3rd or 4th grade it was free to walk onto the park. Every so often on a Sunday after church my mom would take us over to Knott's and we would walk around for a while. It was a blast. Back then it was really much more of an old west theme rather than the amusement park you see now.
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IIRC it was free to get in, but you had to buy tickets for each ride (the gunfight show was free). I just looked it up and 'standard' admission is $82/person. For comparison Universal Studios is $129/person (I was there on Black Friday), and Disneyland is $110/person (last time I looked). FWIW: Most of Universal Studios theme park is now indoor roller coasters based on current 'franchise' movie/TV shows; they've done away with most of the live stage shows that made it a unique and fun place to go to.

The best thing about Knott's Berry Farm is still the chicken restaurant - I've been going there every once in a while and it still has GREAT fried chicken and pie.
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Old 12-19-18, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
IIRC it was free to get in, but you had to buy tickets for each ride (the gunfight show was free)..
You're right. Mostly my mom would take us to the candy store and give each of us a little money to buy candy with. If we were lucky she would buy us some fish so we could feed the seals.
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Counterpoint: the best part about Knott's is the Pink's Hot Dogs out front, where you can get a Bacon Burrito Dog and eat it in line waiting to get in, which makes everyone in the vicinity very jealous.

When Scion (the Toyota subsidiary brand) first came out, their marketing machine was a powerhouse-- we got Scion Night during the Knott's Scary Farm four Octobers in a row-- anybody with a Scion (and everyone in that Scion) got into the park for free, free parking too. So I don't have to think back very far to getting into Knott's for free. I do have vague recollections of Knott's free admission and tickets for the rides-- filed in the same box as the vague memories of ticket books at Disneyland. Theme parks now are far too expensive and far too filled with people.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Counterpoint: the best part about Knott's is the Pink's Hot Dogs out front, where you can get a Bacon Burrito Dog and eat it in line waiting to get in, which makes everyone in the vicinity very jealous.

When Scion (the Toyota subsidiary brand) first came out, their marketing machine was a powerhouse-- we got Scion Night during the Knott's Scary Farm four Octobers in a row-- anybody with a Scion (and everyone in that Scion) got into the park for free, free parking too. So I don't have to think back very far to getting into Knott's for free. I do have vague recollections of Knott's free admission and tickets for the rides-- filed in the same box as the vague memories of ticket books at Disneyland. Theme parks now are far too expensive and far too filled with people.
it's still all about the e-ticket rides...
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
IIRC it was free to get in, but you had to buy tickets for each ride (the gunfight show was free). I just looked it up and 'standard' admission is $82/person. For comparison Universal Studios is $129/person (I was there on Black Friday), and Disneyland is $110/person (last time I looked). FWIW: Most of Universal Studios theme park is now indoor roller coasters based on current 'franchise' movie/TV shows; they've done away with most of the live stage shows that made it a unique and fun place to go to.

The best thing about Knott's Berry Farm is still the chicken restaurant - I've been going there every once in a while and it still has GREAT fried chicken and pie.
Nowadays, its Costco roast chicken. But near Knott's was an even more important trip to Tower Records.
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Nowadays, its Costco roast chicken. But near Knott's was an even more important trip to Tower Records.
Good memory!
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I have to agree with most of you that any amusement park in So Cal is usually just too dang crowded to tolerate, But...

My wife and I each received a yearly pass to Knott's last year. We ended up going about 5 times. The trick is going during an "off" time. For instance we went there this last Tuesday at 4:30 (park closes at 8pm) and I think the longest line we stood in had 40 people in front of us. We were on many of the rides before you even knew it. One of the rides we walked right up to and got on. The crowd was light and it was quite enjoyable. But, going there on a Saturday afternoon... no way.
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But near Knott's was an even more important trip to Tower Records.[/QUOTE]

Bought many a concert ticket & LP there! Good documentary "All Things Must Pass: The Rise & Fall of Tower Records" from a few years ago brought back memories! Their marquee is still on a building in Downtown Brea.
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How about the alligator farm that use to be on the North side of Knotts.

I still have a memento from the place. A little wooden box with a picture of an alligator on it.
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I'll see that and raise you a "Planes of Fame" & "Cars of the Stars" that were on Orangethorpe somewhere.
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I might have to fold.


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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
it's still all about the e-ticket rides...
What is the minimum age for somebody to understand the origin of E ticket ride? And have a drawer full of A tickets stashed somewhere?
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What is the minimum age for somebody to understand the origin of E ticket ride? And have a drawer full of A tickets stashed somewhere?
LMFAO.

I think I have some with even better tickets in them. My brother and I would burn through a whole book but my parents always had about 1/2 left over.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_ticket

https://www.yesterland.com/abcde2.html

those were the daze. ticket books and trading with your buddies/family members. "i'll give you all my a-tickets and a b-ticket for one e-ticket..."

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What is the minimum age for somebody to understand the origin of E ticket ride? And have a drawer full of A tickets stashed somewhere?
probably late-forties...

remember but never made it to the nearby alligator farm. also never hit the tower in oc (wasn't there one in newport/costa mesa at some point?) the westwood tower records
was an infrequent pilgrimage for a few, formative years. did rip it up at studio k @ knott's approx a dozen times in the mid-eighties dancing it up to new wave. always a good time.
only made to the busch gardens out in the san fernando valley once. think it musta departed late 70's...?

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Anybody got their bike stolen while at Tower Records? Just kidding. Had to do this so that this thread doesn't get kicked off.
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I rode my Varsity 10-speed there many a time it was never stolen cause I used a cable & Masterlock that must've weighed 5 lbs.
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The final iteration of the E-Ticket, from around 1980. Even these many years later, it still strikes me odd as what was considered an "E-Ticket Ride." Country Bear Jamboree? Gotta pay off those animatronics, I guess. That image also reminded me that I haven't ridden the Disneyland Monorail in almost 30 years. The train, sure. Loads of times.

TIL: the demise of the E-Ticket was a direct result of the opening of Magic Mountain, where paid admission got you run of the park for the full day.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
Maybe not bicycle related, but So Cal community related.

How many of you remember when it was free to get into Knott's?
Sure, I remember. We lived in a nearby town and went every once in a while. As I recall, there were hands-on type displays and exhibits, the "shootout" skit, the train ride, glass blowing and similar. All of it was free. At the time, only entry to the formal rides (roller coaster and other similar spots) required a ticket.

It's been a long time since I have been there.
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The final iteration of the E-Ticket, from around 1980. Even these many years later, it still strikes me odd as what was considered an "E-Ticket Ride." Country Bear Jamboree? Gotta pay off those animatronics, I guess. That image also reminded me that I haven't ridden the Disneyland Monorail in almost 30 years. The train, sure. Loads of times.

TIL: the demise of the E-Ticket was a direct result of the opening of Magic Mountain, where paid admission got you run of the park for the full day.
That's an interesting snapshot! Barely any E-ticket worthy rides on the E ticket, what's up with that?

Meanwhile, the monorail was reserved for people staying at the hotel until recently, but now you can take it back and forth to down town disney, which is handy.

So you're probably familiar with the concept of fast passes - when they first came out, you could get one and use it any time after your allotted hour. Then people figured out how to use them and now you can only use them DURING your hour and Disney has re-upped their fast pass game - you can BUY a fast pass "pass" that allows you to get them on your phone rather than walking all the way over to the ride. Those people do not miss a trick when it comes to making a buck.
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It's been a long time since I have been there.
It's nothing like it use to be although they have kept most of the Old West area intact. They're still making horseshoes but I'm not sure about the glass blowing. The rest is just one big modern amusement park.
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