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Last week I was given the wonderful opportunity to go out with my family to Southern California for a week, in the Anaheim and Los Angeles area. It was a week of road tripping, mixing Homework with a vacation, an Angels Baseball game, and theme parks. Three of them to be exact. Each day this week, in addition to the regular blog posts for my class, we will be discussing the experience that I had with each of these theme parks, method of travel to get to the theme park, the value for price of a ticket, quality of themeing, quality of food, and ride quality. Each of these will be graded from A to F.
The first thing you need to do is get to the area where the theme park is being hosted, which is the Anaheim area of California, but that’s the easy part. The rest depends on how close you are to the theme park. We had a hotel on Harbor Blvd. So we used, the OCTA Buses, public transportation. This is a great way to get around any city that has it, but there are quite the trials that come with the territory, the major one is that you need to be at least a little familiar with the routes. So you must do the most dreaded thing in the world and research your route. (Which should be part of any trip anyways, especially dangers, see the recent and painfully tragic instance that happened at Disney’s Grand Floridian last week.) It’s public transportation and that comes with the negatives and positives with it, add $5 to your budget for a day pass on the bus. B+ if you know your way around. C+ If you’re antsy and not familiar with the route.
Knott’s Berry Farm is a touch scattershot with it’s themeing, Ghost Town and Calico have actual themeing to their area, the rest the rides might or might not have themeing. The Jaguar has a theme of a Mayan Pyramid. But that’s about it on themeing. C+
I had the ribs at the Fireman’s Brigade BBQ. They were real ribs, not fall off the bone but they were good, not as good as my mother’s cooking though, and very slimy on your hand. The Garlic Butter tastes very awesome, I missed the baked potato, I know for shame but it did happen. But the Knott’s Berry Punch, THE KNOTT’S BERRY PUNCH, it is the most delectable punch that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking in a theme park/amusement park. I want that stuff commercially available.
I am not as skinny as I used to be. In fact I would categorize myself as very fat and in need of weight loss. Knott’s Berry Farm is, as Gabriel Iglesias said once about another (coming up next review) theme park, not fluffy friendly. The Jaguar the first ride I went on that day was very cramping on me. It was still fun but it was cramped. It’s a ride/tour de Knott’s more mexican themed area. (When areas there are themed.) It was a slower 30 mph roller coaster, but it was fun and had nice turns to it. All in all I’d give it a solid A-.
The next ride that I went on that day was called Montezooma’s Revenge. I had an easier time fitting into the seats of this ride than the last one which made the experience much more enjoyable. This was a rapid ride that mixes roller coaster tracks with those boat style rides that go back and forth. You take off at an unexpectedly high speed, around a loop and to the edge of the track. Then rocket backwards, through that loop to the other end and you’re done. It is a very small, very short ride, with an acceptable queue. When you don’t encounter the disgustingly rampant epidemic of line jumping. My goodness is that an obnoxious experience. All in all I’d give it an A
After that we took a ride on the Calico Mine Train in the area of Calico. This ride was friendly to the girthier but still a little cramped. It was…fine. Think if Pirates of the Carribean had a mine theme with lower quality animatronics. There was really some pretty scenery to it and it was a more relaxing ride but also a bit musty. The narrating host isn’t very easy to hear as well which takes it down a little as well. I’d give it a B-.
Before we had the aforementioned lunch we rode their log flume ride. It was a nice log flume ride that tried to tell a story about calico and the people that worked in the logging company but something felt missing from it, I would have liked some narration. It was a tight fitting ride but manageable. A solid B, an A if Log Flume rides are a big favorite of yours.
The ride we went on right before lunch was something called Bigfoot Rapids, it was one of those raft style rides that’s like a more intense lazy river that actively seeks to get you wet. Like Grizzly River Rapids at Disney’s California Adventure (coming with the Disneyland discussion) or Rattlesnake Rapids out here at Lagoon. The problem was, I think it’s either being really water conservative or toned down thanks to the cell phone age. I barely got a splash one pant leg with that one. I’d give it a low C-
After lunch we decided to go on one more ride. There just wasn’t much that the rest of my party was interested in. So we headed over to Ghost Town, well we were already in Ghost Town, (happy 75th by the way), but we headed over to their big attraction. The Ghost Rider, one of the old wood style roller coasters. This was our longest line of the day and one that was at the end so everyone was ready to just go. We waited and waited and waited and…the problem of weight came up again. No one was able to ride but me, and I was a just barely could get on rider. But I did get on, and it was a blast. Very Rapid, sharp turns, smooth, and the clickety-clack, rickety-rack of the coaster was on it’s A game. A very fun ride. I’d give it a B to an F if you’re a bigger person depending on if you’re able to fit or not. (Lap Bar tech is to the point that it can be somewhat adjustable for the larger sized.) And A if you’re fit able to go and can tolerate line jumpers.
Value of ticket
A day of Knott’s Berry Farm will cost you about half the price of a Disneyland ticket. $48 per adult, although this is one camp. They make up for that loss with food that is priced fairly high though, a large drink their will take you into the five dollar range while one at Disneyland will take you into the four. There are plenty of rides to go on, if you’re under 200 pounds and don’t have a large belly on you, which is something to be considered. The rides are a bit less fun than Disneyland, but as we’ll see soon, there could be worse quality rides. This price will not include the second park, (Soak City USA) or Fast Lane, (which is like a Fast Pass or Front of the Line privileges), which does take it down a notch. But for what you pay I’d have to give it an A to a B depending on your weight and your patience with the Line Jumping epidemic that Knott’s suffers. Worth your time.
Thank you for sharing this experience with me, tomorrow after my homework blog post, we talk about The Happiest Place on Earth. This concludes part 1.