Saturday, May 4, 2024

More Knott's

Going back through my Knott's Berry Farm photos, I realized I have a bunch of shots that are still worth sharing. I hope you enjoy these photos that cover some of the finer details in the park! Starting across the road at Independence Hall, I like this picture with the former Jungle Island Lagoon in the background. Judging by the hat on the left, someone appears to have photobombed this picture!
Moving into the park, I sprinted straight to the train. I was stunned by the puddles along the tracks, which show that this is still a functioning water tower. I tried telling everyone around me this fact, but they just gave me weird looks. Photoshop the thrill rides out of the background, and this would be a convincing old-west scene.
I remember reading rumors that The Western Trails Museum was going to close permanently a year or so ago, but seeing that it's still listed on the Knott's website, that thankfully appears to have not been the case.
I love that the museum also has Knott's memorabilia on display, like the "Super Bonanza" ticket books. The displays are very unpolished, and that adds to the charm.
I forget which peek-in this is, but it's super cool.
Like much of Ghost Town, I'm guessing these mannequins have been pretty much untouched for decades and decades!
Even with Pony Express overshadowing the Boot Hill Cemetery, there are still plenty of vintage delights in this area. I'm sure at one time the Barrel House was just as popular as the roller coasters that now tower over it.
Hopefully this little sliver of vintage Ghost Town remains as-is for as long as possible!
I'm surprised that these super-old-looking information signs are still here and that they haven't been rendered illegible by the California sun. I'm assuming that these signs are examples of handmade craftsmanship, which characterized the early days of Knott's.
This outcove near GhostRider is a pressed penny enthusiast's dream!
The old schoolhouse wasn't open during our visit, but I was able to get a photo of the interior.
I wonder if these posters in the Bird Cage Theater are original prints or if they're newer reproductions?
Even though some of the old peek-ins have been temporarily removed for "Ghost Town Alive," the undertaker display is still the best of the bunch!
Pepper's Ghost at its finest!
I like this picture of the mobile pianist in the Roaring 20s area, playing for an invisible crowd!
Here are some photos of a couple of Camp Snoopy features that are now history. It isn't surprising that the High Sierra Ferris Wheel was removed given Cedar Fair's emphasis on high-capacity rides, but it's a shame that it won't be replaced by a similar Ferris wheel-style ride.
The Grand Sierra Railroad will also be replaced by an electric train, meaning this genuine steam locomotive has been retired.
Sitting in front of the Calico Log Ride as the sun goes down really is a special place!
California sunsets blew my mind! The air creates an interesting effect that we don't have in Pennsylvania.
I wish I had more pictures of Ghost Town after dark with its atmospheric lighting.
The orange lights in the upper left of this picture are part of GhostRider. We had plenty of time in Virginia's Gift Shop while waiting for my mom to get her bearings (she accidentally took I-5 in the wrong direction when coming to pick my dad and me up).
The variety of vintage merchandise offered by Knott's is delightful. There is a large market for vintage items that most parks leave untapped, but Knott's and Cedar Point take full advantage of the nostalgia.
Take the full lines of merchandise for the Sky Jump and Volcano Devil, for instance!
I bought one of the Wacky Soap Box Racers flags, then realized when I got home that I had no use for it. Still cool though!
The pedestrian tunnel under Beach Boulevard has this cool mural of vintage Knott's icons.
Just for fun, I'll include the entire mural in this post.
Even Walter and Cordelia Knott receive the mural's "cutesy" treatment.
I find it interesting that the mural shows the coasters in the background and the park's characters in the foreground.
There's Montezooma's Revenge, which has now been closed for over two years but will finally reopen next year.
RIDE Knott's Bear-y Tales
I hope you enjoyed this brief post of some Knott's Berry Farm highlights!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

April First - a post in two parts

Happy April Fools Day! I have decided that I will indeed post every picture from our California trip, no matter how bad. ;-) (I also found some extra pictures that may be good candidates for a future post.) I'm going to end this post with some more Kennywood memories, so feel free to read what you want! 

Let's start out with this high-quality picture of the Timber Mountain Log Ride:Next is this slightly dark image of the Primeval World Diorama. If you squint, you may be able to make out the brontasauruses (seriously).

I have no clue how I skipped over this picture-perfect image on the Disneyland Railroad when I went through all my pictures the first time. But here it is in all its glory for you to enjoy:
While taking pictures of the Three Fences, I noticed a submarine on the prowl through the trees on the right, and I had to grab a picture. Compared to the other pictures, this one is only 95% bad!
Most of my Haunted Mansion pictures are feasts for the eyes. Take this example of Madame Leota:
I think I am the happiest person to ever get his picture taken with an Adventureland trash can.
I might just be the no. 1 Haunted Mansion photographer of all time.
Sometimes, you just want to get on Big Thunder Mountain so bad that you have to use your ninja skills to summon the train. Or something.
My dad took this picture because he was fascinated by this old tree, and it is pretty cool!
What did I take a picture of this pot of stew on the Columbia? Because it was rad.
My picture of Max, Buff, and Melvin in Winnie the Pooh didn't turn out too great, but at least I got the shot.
And to end, here's a picture that's not bad by itself, but since you may have seen a similar angle millions of times before, I'll just leave it here. The Mark Twain.


Here are some more Kennywood memories to finish out this post because I didn't include everything in "part 1" two months ago, and I enjoy typing this stuff out!

The kiddie Ferris wheel is one ride that many people dread operating, but I didn't mind it on the couple of occasions I operated the ride. Even though you have to crouch to help kids buckle their seatbelts, the task of balancing the wheel keeps things interesting, and it's funny seeing kids whirl around in the cage-like cars.

For Kennywood's Halloween event, the park's midways are covered with a thick blanket of fog. This photo is looking across the lagoon for the Pittsburg Plunge with the Phantom's Revenge and SwingShot in the background.

In the summer, the lagoon is covered with fountains, and it's one of my favorite spots in the park. 
This picture shows a large reason why the Racer is my all-time favorite ride: I love the design of its station from 1927. They don't build coaster stations like this anymore!
My favorite spiel at this ride would be "When I say 'race,' you say 'er!'" So everyone would sound clueless saying "errrrrrr...." as the train dropped out of the station.
The ride in the foreground is the "Pittsburg Plunge," (old spelling of Pittsburgh), and it was one of the first rides I operated. Since it's a typical shoot-the-chute ride where you get drenched, the majority of riders were overly excited pre-teens, and there were a lot of shenanigans. Every time you told the riders to "exit to the right," they would without fail jump out to the left and look around like they were completely confused. 
At my orientation in early 2022, we had to sit through a three-hour-long PowerPoint presentation that relied heavily on 2000s-era clip art. One slide had a picture of a military tank representing no weapons, and the presenter told us, "Don't bring your tank to work." No one laughed. 
Here's a snow-covered Jack Rabbit, which is set in one of the park's ravines. Opened in 1920, the Jack Rabbit is the oldest ride operating at Kennywood. I hope you enjoyed this off-kilter post!