I've been to Knott's many times over the years and always enjoy myself. It's been about 10 years since my last visit. Many of my favorites remain, yet there were many changes. I'll get my complaints out of the way first...I guess the main thing that irritated me were the food restrictions. Since I was traveling with my young granddaughter, we had lots of little snacks, i.e. raisins, granola, fruit bars, etc. We had just spent two days at Disneyland and had no problems with our snack supply. Knott's was a different story. There are signs everywhere telling you no outside food, only water and sports drinks. I did notice several families taking their coolers back to their cars. They weren't too happy. I asked the young man at the ticket window if I couldn't even take in a granola bar. He said they had really been cracking down with outside food. So my granddaughter and I sat out front and ate several of our snacks before going in. I know this isn't the end of the world, but it just really, really irritated me. After entering and having my backpack searched (sign of the times,) we were on our way. I felt we were being nickled and dimed to death. Seemed like there were charges for everything. Charging $4.00 for a bottle of water and $7.50 for an Icee was ridiculous. Many stands were selling items that seemed out of place...one was selling little girl dancing tutus in the ghost town section of the park. I did not like the back part of the park which has been turned into a carnival. Silly games to play, which of course you have to pay extra for, in hopes of winning a stuffed animal. I just personally did not care for this. (We have lots of carnivals in PA...I don't have to pay over fifty dollars to get into them!) On a happier note, I still loved the old west/ghost town section. Everything from the wooden sidewalks to employees in proper dress were still the same. Loved the old train and being confronted with the cowboys. Loved the blacksmith and the artists anxious to sketch. Camp Snoopy (for the little ones) is adorable. My granddaughter had a ball...she really had fun and even got to meet Snoopy. The atmosphere of the park is more "relaxed" than Disneyland, though we enjoyed both parks. There is a no smoking policy although they do provide several smoking areas. We did buy a funnel cake, which was huge. It was very tasty but the two of us could not finish it. I'm not a coaster rider, so the extreme rides did not appeal to me, but we did get a kick out of the screaming participants. We also rode the coal mine and the stage coach and (my favorite) the log ride. All-in-all we had a good time and I hope to visit again in a few years.
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