Having only been to Knott's once, twenty-some years ago, and virtually no memory of it...I decided to take my two kids and meet another mother with two kids (all 12 and 15 yrs) there during our school's Fall Break. We are on a different "track" than most CA schools so it is a perfect time to enjoy many vacation havens without the crowds. First, the Parking to Entrance Path is poorly marked and there were no employees around to direct you. It was just past Opening Hour and the Restroom was not as clean as the Rest Stop on Interstate 5. It was difficult to tell where the Ride Entrances are for the roller coasters (they overlap each other) even with the map, because there is no signage...and no employees. Several rides were closed...which we wouldn't have known from the website, or a posted sign at the entrance, or the map, but because our kids specifically asked about them. Two different rides we boarded, and then were asked to get off and come back to later because they broke down. One time we walked around 3/4s of a ride looking for the entrance before we saw an employee and made an inquiry. We received a curt reply. It was difficult to tell what, if any of the restaurants, etc were open. We saw Johnny Rockets and all agreed to try it. Our service/food was standard for any J.R.'s. The one benefit to the day was that the kids could go on rides multiple times with little or no wait. But there weren't many benches to sit and wait for them. Before our trip I had looked up Knott's on line. I knew it wasn't going to be modeled after Disneyland. I did, however, expect some level of Customer Service and Entertainment Value for my money. We stayed FOUR HOURS before our children happily agreed to leave. Now I know why I had no recollection of my trip so long ago.
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