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October 8th, 2007


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03:31 pm - Knott's Berry Farm
A few cameraphone pictures from my day at Knott's on September 30. It is important to note that Bitsy and I rode all the roller coasters without throwing up.

Trees in Boomerang
The Boomerang at Knott's is a ride that's been cloned and placed in parks the world over a zillion times, but that don't mean you can't get neat shots from it.

Inversion or no? There they go
Knott's Silver Bullet, their B&M inverted roller coaster, is a lot of fun. It's intergrated well into the park, built over and around existing rides, and is so well-paced it really doesn't let up at all. This was our favorite ride the entire day. Here we see this odd curve after the first loop that looks like an inversion, but it's really just a heavily banked curve. The train doesn't go upside-down completely on this one, even though it sure looks like it in this before-and-after set. It does go completely upside-down on six other occasions, though.

Silver Bullet tangle Silver Bullet cobra roll
More of the Silver Bullet's tangled up track. The first picture is actually looking straight up. The second is a picture of the ride's cobra roll.

We really did like the Silver Bullet, I guess. I didn't bother taking pictures of anything else.

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From:limax
Date:October 8th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I feel so ashamed... many trips to SoCal and I've not been to Knott's nor Magic Mountain. I keep telling myself some day....
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 8th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Definitely do Knott's over Magic Mountain. It's just a lot more fun. And be sure to have the chicken dinner at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, even if there is a 30-minute wait!
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From:limax
Date:October 8th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
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What did you see in the way of rides that would be suitable for kids almost out of single digits?
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 14th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Knott's has an entire Camp Snoopy kids section, which was all pumpkined up for Halloween, and they do a wonderful job with it (there's the Red Baron planes f'rinstance.)
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From:resk
Date:October 8th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Did you do the bumper car trick?

I'm betting NO, but I had to ask.
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 8th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
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The bumper cars were closed as their building is being used for one of the mazes in the Knott's Scary Farm halloween event.

But no, you can't do the Trick with just two drivers.
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From:reveritas
Date:October 8th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
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i am always so charmed that you have a friend named Bitsy. that was my grandmother's best friend's name (my grandmother died in 1952). i just love that name! so, props out to you, Bitsy, whoever you are. i already have a picture of you in my head and you have a blonde pompadour.
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From:cheezdanish
Date:October 14th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Hallo, I'm Bitsy. :3

Or, rather, that's my nickname. Real name is Beth. And it came about because of the character in my icon. That's Bitsy, from The MoonDreamers, a short-lived '80s 'let's sell plastic junk to the kids by tying in toys' cartoon. I supplied her voice.

When Spatch found out about that, well, he started calling me Bitsy to tease, and then it stuck.
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From:cursethedark
Date:October 8th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Wicked.

Yet another thing that sucks about where I live: the four-to-five hour drives to the nearest amusement parks.
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From:susskins
Date:October 9th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Whad'ja think of the Silver Bullet's rampy beginning?
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 14th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh you mean that rampy incline we had to climb to the top of in order to start the ride? Oh, man, if only they did something exciting on that like a 1000 MILE AN HOUR LAUNCH TERA TERA TERA

wait, what?

Were they seriously saying that on (rrc/buzz/etc)?

Anybody who complains about the first drop on an inverted coaster is just reaching for something to complain about.
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From:nolly
Date:October 9th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I've lived in SOCal for 9 years and haven't been to kKnott's yet. I intend te rectify this before too much monger. Is one day sufficient, or is it a two-day park? One day is usually not quite enough for me at Magic Mountain -- there's always a few things I'd like to do that I don't get to -- but this may be because I'm generally there on Saturday, and it's crowded.
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From:derspatchel
Date:October 14th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
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If you go on a Sunday at the end of September, apparently, when everything is nearly a walk-on or a one or two train wait, I've found that one day is definitely sufficient to see and do everything at Knott's.

Which is why I really like it and always choose to visit over Magic Mountain, which save for one or two historical rides I've never really had much of a yen to visit.
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From:nolly
Date:October 14th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
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More likely to be early April, but possibly mid-week.

Magic Mountain has some realy fun coasters; I haven't been in a while, but Goliath is one of my all-time favorites -- it's everything good about classic wooden coasters, but higher and faster. The most scared I've ever een on a coaster was riding Goliath after dark, in the front row of the front car. The track isn't lighted, so during the hover at the top of the first hill, all you can see is the lights on the ground, way down below.

Those who prefer sensory-overload coasters like X a lot; I found the ride too short; I was getting too much input to process any of it before it ended, or something like that.

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