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Old 10-13-2009, 07:10 AM   #76
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As you can see it was getting darker inside and colder. We were in the North Pacific area of the Aquarium.








And then we saw the Jellyfish! They are so beautiful and graceful looking, but some of them are deadly.


































Such peaceful looking sea creatures…but scary too…

We saw this guy hiding in the coral…


And another touch tank representing creatures from the North Pacific region…
They have such beautiful colors!


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We also saw various other sea creatures that should not be touched that were in glass containers…


This one had Hermit Crabs in them:

I guess they keep them in there to protect them from us since they are so small and fragile…
And a star fish I had never seen before:

And a star fish with a couple of different types of seaweed.

There were Sea Otters (sorry they were sleeping so I didn’t get any great shots of them)


More deep seas creatures:

I love these, they look so cool!
A tank with Shrimp in it:




And Crab:






BTW, I lucked out on the brighter shots because it’s really dark in this area. Some people opened the door that leads to outside so I was able to quickly grab the few bright shots I have…

The interior of Long Beach Aquarium aka Aquarium of the Pacific…

Exterior of LBA… You can see the convention hotels almost right across the street.


They also have an Imax Movie here that we didn’t take time to see. I believe the ticket has to be purchased separately, but it wasn’t that expensive. We just had other things planned for the day, like lunch and then Knott’s Berry Farm! We enjoyed it a lot and would definitely recommend it for people who are environmentally conscious, interested in aquatic life and who want to expose their kids to things they would ordinarily never get to see up close. We absolutely loved the touching tanks, Jelly fish and really loved petting the friendly manta rays! I'm not sure if we would do it very soon, but for something a little different for those who love sea life, this is a cool place that is also educational to take your kids and family. My DS and his friend were both 20 and they enjoyed as much as the pre-k kids we saw in field trip groups. There were many age groups represented there, lots of pre teens too.
There were a lot of educational type shows, etc., that we missed because we had a limited amount of time as we were headed to Knotts.

Coming up, Day 5 continued and Knotts Berry Farm!

2 Be continued….
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Knotts Berry Farm

Day 5 continued... Knotts Berry Farm...

Lunch at Hokkaido in Long Beach…
Our son’s friend recommended a restaurant called Hokkaido in Long Beach. It was so cheap! OMG, $8.99 all you can eat. It was very decent for the price and so much selection! It had a wide variety of Japanese, seafood, and other Asian dishes. There must have been at least 60different selections plus an area where they make food teppenyaki style. I didn’t even make it over there because there was too much of everything else. Being the typical tourist that I am, I of course took a ton of photos there too. I won’t post them because I honestly don’t think most tourists would go all the way out here to eat anyway…But suffice it to say for the price, it was pretty darn good, especially for buffet food.

Then we went to Knotts. It was already after 3 when we got there and it was cool and cloudy but sunny at the same time. I apologize in advance because all my photos have either blown out skies or grey foreboding ones. It was June Gloom, and it wasn't pretty. But it was cool and comfortable to walk around in. Once again, all of these are SOOC, no post processing obviously, no time....




Can I just say that Knotts is also a very nice park? We really enjoyed it here so much. For one thing, it was nowhere near as crowded as DLR with all the Murphy the Dragon stalking AP holders who would be blocked out a couple of days later. Also, I really enjoyed the thematic elements of the park. In addition, they had a really good mixture of old style rides for us older people who didn’t want to see our lives flash before our eyes, and they also had a ton of thrill rides for the young kids/teens/fearless adults. Knotts was cute and we had a great day there. DS loved the thrill rides. I enjoyed the Ghost Town theme, I thought there were a lot of cute rides for the smaller kids, we personally enjoyed the 'not too crazy rides' (DS loved the Crazy rides) and the lack of crowds. You could practically walk on most rides. The one time I was told Ghostrider had a 1.5 hour wait, we left and came back later. We walked on in under 30 minutes about an hour or so before closing. (8pm in early June, 10 later through Summer).

We loved the Ghost town theme:












As soon as we got there, we tried to go on Ghost Rider which is their huge Wooden Roller coaster. We were told it would be an hour and a half wait. So, we decided to see what else there was going on in Knotts before waiting in that line. Sure enough a couple of hours later it was practically a walk on with about a 20-30 minute wait.
When we first got to Knotts I was going to go on one of the crazy rides with my son and his friend. As soon as I saw that you had to take everything off and store it, I said no way. I figured it would be way too crazy for me. Later DS and Kenny said that it was a good thing I didn’t go. They saw some people lose their shoes! It went flying off during the ride! Nuts! After that I told them we’d meet up with them later and DH and I went to explore the rest of the park. Later while exploring, we came across the other end of the ride. Yes, some of the rides extend from one end of the park to the other. Nuts!
Here’s a photo from the other end of the park. Did I say it’s a crazy ride? I’m so glad I didn’t go on it.


The first ride we went on was the train.

They had actors performing as bandits and sheriffs.

It was cute. Before we got on though, there were a few teens that were getting escorted off the ride for bad behavior. I don’t know what they did, but DH and I got to go on because clearing them off made room in the train. That’s one thing we noticed at Knott’s that was really good; security was everywhere and they didn’t put up with any nonsense from the kids. Any one committing anything against the rules were escorted out of the ride and there was the threat of being escorted off the premises on signs everywhere for things like line cutting. I even heard security guards call out a few kids for line cutting.
So after the train, we decided to go the Calico Mine cart ride.

So we get in line for this, and were actually just about ready to board and they told us the ride closed and we all had to leave. Later we found out that someone saw someone throw what they thought was a baby in the ride. It turned out to be a doll. Anyway, the line for that ride got packed when they reopened it so we never got back to it.
After that we went on the Timber Mountain Log Ride which was very much like Splash Mountain. We enjoyed this ride a lot!

One thing that was different about this ride was we asked to ride in the back of log, and the person loading said they couldn’t allow that because it would slow the ride loading down. So we sat in the front and I pulled out DL ponchos, LOL! When we got off the person at the end said good-naturedly, “Hey you’re wearing the wrong poncho!” IIRC, the logs are similar to the Matterhorn Bobsled ride where 2 people ride together in front or in back of each car. It was fun and we would do it again!
While walking through the park we saw that there were areas for fun and recreation:

I believe you had to pay to play, not sure though. But we saw quite a few people playing and enjoying it.
At Knott’s they have this cool feature on a lot of the crazy rides in which people can pay to by a DVD of them on the ride.

And let me tell you, they buy it. My DS and his friend who lives there bought it. Nuts! I’m wondering when Disney is going to start something like this. They would make a killing!
Here are some of the crazy rides we passed while exploring:

Okay, this thing is Ginormous and at least twice as tall as Maliboomer! Can we say Crazy?

This is the crazy ride my DS and friend bought their video of:

Whoa, I’m getting dizzy just looking at these rides!

It was a contrast to see the new crazy rides right next to old ghost town themed stuff.


While walking over to ride the Pony Express ride (kind of like BTMRR but you sit on top of horses, yee haw) This ride was fun!


we saw the following:








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Knotts Berry Farm Continued...

After we went on the Pony Express, we went on the water ride that is just like GRR, except you get even more wet! OMG we were wearing our ponchos and we still got wet. It was a total walk on and we would do it again. Again a worker spotted our DL poncho and said, “Hey you’re wearing the wrong ponchos!”

After riding that twice, we were getting tired and decided to give our feet a break by watching the last showing about the Indian. Sorry I can’t remember the name, but it was a very well thought out show and used a lot of illusion type things like some of the Disney shows. It was cool, educational, and we were glad we did it.

After the show got out, we decided to make our way over to Ghost Rider. On our way we saw these:

This one says “The site of Americas Oldest Continuously Operating Melodrama Theatre, 1954-1997”

Not sure, but I think it was relocated from Tombstone Arizona. (There were a couple of signs, but I didn’t read it.)









The plaque dedicated to Mr. & Mrs. Knotts and their children “Commemorating the modest beginning of this enterprise and the creating of Ghost Town a historical landmark of early California. Dedicated November 15, 1952.”


These buildings have scenes in them:






I love this! Ha-ha!


So we finally made it to Ghost Rider….I don’t know what I was thinking. Somehow in the few hours we were there I had completely forgotten that when we entered the park, we could see a ride outside of it. I never put 2 and 2 together to realize that was part of GR.

On the way to the ride:




Let’s just say that we should have known better. DH was wary at first and I kept telling him, “It doesn’t look that bad. It looks fun!” Right… We got on and held on for dear life. When we got to the top of the first hill, I looked to my left and I said to my DH, “OMG, is that pat of this ride?” And he said, “Yep.” And that was it, after that we went on one heck of a ride. It was so scary and rough, I couldn’t even scream. I kept praying to God that DH wouldn’t have a heart attack! It was a horrible ride for people our age who don’t like wild rides. To make matters worse, when we got back to the loading area, a couple of us had stuck lap bars and they were loading the ride fast. I was about ready to have a panic attack because we couldn’t get ours open and I thought they were going to send us around on the ride again! I and the gal in front of me started calling out to them, louder and louder until they finally heard us and came around with a tool to release the bar and let us out! Whew! At least it was stuck in the locked/closed position! :/ Anyway, at the end, all I could do was apologize over and over again to DH. We both felt dizzy and I kind of had a slight headache. As we marveled at the fact that we both made it out alive, we walked around a corner and I saw this!

Why didn’t I see that sooner?!!!

I just asked my DH if he had anything he wanted to say about GR and he shook his head and said, “Hell to the no….” Nuf said, I guess! LOL! Anyway as I apologized for my stupidity in thinking it wouldn’t be that bad, we made our way back around the park to t he kiddie rides. We were done riding at that point and just waiting to meet up with DS and Kenny. We walked around and saw more stuff…
Again, old contrasted with the new:





Here, for those of you who have kids who may be interested, are some photos of the kiddie area and thematic elements…











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Knotts Berry Farm Continued...

Sidewinder…Again, a bigger ride overlaps this ride.



Starting ‘em off young…

Kids shows:

Red Baron:

Joe Cools Gr8 sk8




This is like the area in DCA with the climbing ropes, etc. I saw people coming out, but we didn’t go in:








This ‘ride’ cracked DH and I up so much! It was very old school, LOL, and worked on man power alone! They were like mine carts and they had to manually pump the handles to get it to move. Some of the kids were ready to quit in the middle of the track, and we were all laughing and encouraging them to keep going. You could just see it on their faces; they had the look like, “This is not fun?! This is hard work!” LOL!




We made it all the way back to the other side of the park and now had to work our way back to the beginning.

There’s that crazy ride again!
The train:






We almost went to eat at Mrs. Knotts, but the line was way too long! On our way out, we retold the story of our Ghost Rider experience to our DS and Kenny, and they laughed at our foolishness. I just had to take a couple of photos of this insane ride for posterity because you know we’ll never ride that sucker ever again!
This is what we couldn’t see from inside the park!






And on the other side….




All the Guest service people at Knotts were so nice and wished us a great day everywhere we went. We got the impression that they really appreciated our business and went out of their way to tell us so. DS did say that he noticed that some Guest service/CM people were not as nice to him when he was by himself but he figured it must be that the park has such a high attendance of local teens and some of them try to line cut and get away with stuff; so he sensed an attitude a couple of times when they told him he had to take off his jacket or wear it or that he had to take off his glasses. (Couldn't leave it tied around his waist for safety reasons, and anything loose has to be stored - but they provide storage areas.) DS said he had the impression that they probably thought that he was like some of the local teens who attempt to get away with anything and everything they can (and yes they do have teens like that all over DL too). He said he thought that they thought he was a local teen and just playing dumb when he didn't know he was supposed to untie his jacket and store his glasses. He didn't take it personally, as he's seen the behavior by some of the local teens at both parks and yes, some do try to push the envelope with getting away with whatever they can get away with. On the bright side, he did see some local teens being escorted from a ride by security for line cutting, and DH & I saw some escorted from their train ride for acting up before the ride started. That was refreshing to see.
Yes, the thrill rides at Knotts are nuts, but fun. I would avoid Ghostrider like the plague if you have any neck or back problems. Seriously. That is one crazy ride.
If you like a lot of rides and little to no crowds, Knotts is the place for you. They had quite a few different shows going on but we missed all but one since we got there later in the day and didn't want to miss out on rides and seeing the old ghost town buildings. It was great for a one day trip. There were many things we didn't get to see in depth or do, but we all really liked the park. It was nice going from the mad, crazy DLR crowds to KBF. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of people there, just nowhere near the insane amounts of people that DL had.


After Knotts, we asked the guys what they wanted to eat, and believe it or not they said they wanted Pancakes! So we stopped in at an IHOP somewhere between Buena Park and Long Beach, and we had a very nice, cheap, tasty, meal. Then we took Kenny home, and made it back to FFI. We debated going to DL for a couple of hours but we were all so tired we decided to just stay at the hotel and rest.
Coming up, we go back to the park that Walt built!

And I just want to say to all who are reading/lurking, DONT BE SHY! Come on out and play, the water's warm! I'd love to hear from you, hear your thoughts, comments, questions; so Don't Hang back, Participate!
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Loved the jellyfish pictures. I think jellyfish are so beautiful & fascinating.
Knotts Berry Farm looks fun.......wow they do have some crazy rides!!!!
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I recently took some video with my Panasonic TS1 which is AVCHD lite video. Each file is still over 1GB so I am having a tough time figuring out how to upload it and where to upload it too without having to do too much editing. It's kind of a PITA, but it took pretty impressive video for a P&S, much like yours. The only downside to video from the p&S is that when there is bright light, you can see the straight line going up and down vertically through the video. Other than that, it's pretty darn good and convenient to boot! DH doesn't mind carrying it around and videoing for me with the P&S!

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Loved the jellyfish pictures. I think jellyfish are so beautiful & fascinating.
Knotts Berry Farm looks fun.......wow they do have some crazy rides!!!!
Thank you Melanie, I loved the Jellyfish too! We stayed there in that area for quite awhile. It's so relaxing to watch, and, I agree, very fascinating.
Knotts was a blast! We would've enjoyed it more if we weren't so tired out from being at the Aquarium all day, though. It's a really great park for families of all ages. I really enjoyed wandering around and checking out those old ghost town buildings. There was a whole other couple of rides in another area that we never made it to. We were going to go over because it was like a tall water ride, but saw that it was also crazy, so we passed. There was even another ride that you could go up in and see the whole area. It kind of circled around so you could get a 360* view. That one looked cool, but I think, like Sea World San Diego, they charge a nominal fee to go up on this ride. So we passed as there was plenty of other free stuff to do in the park.
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Thank you DSF! I used Windows Movie Maker and it compressed the file to about 165 megs. Viddler does not compress your files or time limit. You are only limited by file size, so with a little tweaking on your rendering, you can get the most use of video time.

Yea, P&S, you do have to deal with the momentary horizontal and vertical lines, but that is the trade off I can deal with.

For me, it is fun to experiment with this technology and see how far I can push it. It is also enjoyable to see the results and share them with others.

I would love to see some of your p&s videos.

Thanks! Sea
OMG Sea, I can't believe I missed your post. Thanks for the info about WMM and Viddler. I think I need to look into that. I agree about the vertical lines - I can live with it too for the convenience! I totally feel the same way about how fun it is to experiment with the technology that's available to us. It's absolutely crazy the things we can do with a little point and shoot camera. I still have an old Dinosaur Camcorder that weighed about 3 lbs not including the battery and tape! It worked and was cutting edge technology at that time! I'm still trying to figure out how I can edit down my video I took w/ my Panasonic Point and Shoot. It's AVCHD lite. It's very bizarre. There is software to upload to Youtube, but it compresses the video too much. I've seen examples where people have uploaded directly from their file to Youtube vs using the upload option included in their software. My problem is that even w/ AVCHD lite, the file sizes are still too large to put in Viddler and Vimeo. The videos are too long, so I must edit them down for time for YouTube and for size for viddler or vimeo. Not sure which way I want to go...I don't have any compression software, so it looks like I'll be editing for time and see if that effects the size of the file enough to upload to Vimeo or Viddler.
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Beautiful Pictures! I really want to check out the Aquarium now. That looks amazing! Though I think you scared me out of Knotts for a while with the pictures of those coasters
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Beautiful Pictures! I really want to check out the Aquarium now. That looks amazing! Though I think you scared me out of Knotts for a while with the pictures of those coasters
The Aquarium was lots of interactive fun. Those Manta rays just loved us and kept coming around and trying to work it's way out of the top of the tank. He just loved to be petted.
Whaaaattt? How did that scare you? I thought you and Chris loved Screaming? These rides can't be that much more crazy than Screaming...Okay well, yeah they are probably more nuts than screaming! That one tower ride that shoots you up and down is about twice as tall as the Maliboomer! You and Chris should go on that! That'll get you over your fear of the Maliboomer right quick!
Thanks for the compliment! You guys should really check out Knotts on one trip, especially if you like daring rides. My son 20 had a blast!
Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it and all your comments!

BTW, we got tickets to go to Knotts for $29 each because another nice Dis'er had the coupons to give. She mentions them from time to time on the Theme Park boards, so if you see it, follow up quickly and do exactly as she says and she'll send them to you. Her screen name is Perlster. We had admission for up to 5 people at that price. It was so nice to get out of the crazy busy DLR on that day and go to Knotts instead.
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Great TR!! A few questions...

Thanks so much for sharing your trip report! I am a total DL/Knotts Berry newbie, and my family and I will be there for a few days after Christmas!
Why is Pirates better at DL?
Do you know if Star Tours is exactly the same at DL and WDW?
Is Soarin' different at DL, compared to WDW?
The train robbery tide at KBF - is it a moving train, or more of a show?
And now for the biggest dumb newbie question: On the map, it looks like you can easily walk between the two DL parks. Is this true? Or is it more like WDW, where you have to drive or use public transportation to get from park to park?

If I'm waaaay off topic here, please move this.
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We want more!! There's more, right??!!

I really enjoyed your Knott's, Sea World, and aquarium pictures!! I haven't been to Knott's or Sea World since I was little. DBF wants to go to Knott's one day. I told him only if we're going to DLR too. I'd cry if I was that close to DLR and we didn't go!
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Thanks so much for sharing your trip report! I am a total DL/Knotts Berry newbie, and my family and I will be there for a few days after Christmas!
Why is Pirates better at DL?
Do you know if Star Tours is exactly the same at DL and WDW?
Is Soarin' different at DL, compared to WDW?
The train robbery tide at KBF - is it a moving train, or more of a show?
And now for the biggest dumb newbie question: On the map, it looks like you can easily walk between the two DL parks. Is this true? Or is it more like WDW, where you have to drive or use public transportation to get from park to park?

If I'm waaaay off topic here, please move this.
Thanks!!
I'll give you some quick answers to your questions.
Star Tours is exactly the same.
Soarin' is exactly the same.
Pirates of the Caribbean is better at Disneyland, perhaps because of the Blue Bayou and two drops at the beginning, the order of the scenes and the ride seems a bit longer.
Yes, believe your eyes, Disney's California Adventure entrance is a 30 second walk from the Disneyland entrance. With a Park hopper pass it is like one Giant park.
I hope this helps
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Thanks so much for sharing your trip report! I am a total DL/Knotts Berry newbie, and my family and I will be there for a few days after Christmas!
Why is Pirates better at DL?
Do you know if Star Tours is exactly the same at DL and WDW?
Is Soarin' different at DL, compared to WDW?
The train robbery tide at KBF - is it a moving train, or more of a show?
And now for the biggest dumb newbie question: On the map, it looks like you can easily walk between the two DL parks. Is this true? Or is it more like WDW, where you have to drive or use public transportation to get from park to park?
If I'm waaaay off topic here, please move this.
Thanks!!
Thank you for reading and responding to it! Pirates is longer and it seemed to me that the drops were more significant in the DL version, especially the first drop, vs. the WDW version. Also the animatronics used in the ride just look a little bit different than the WDW version, and I am used to the DL version.
The train ride at Knotts Berry Farm is a show and it moves.
And yes DCA is literally right across the esplanade -- about a 30 second walk from DL to DCA!
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We want more!! There's more, right??!!

I really enjoyed your Knott's, Sea World, and aquarium pictures!! I haven't been to Knott's or Sea World since I was little. DBF wants to go to Knott's one day. I told him only if we're going to DLR too. I'd cry if I was that close to DLR and we didn't go!
Thanks PPB! Yes there is more. I haven't finished yet, but hope to soon. I'm with you -- I would cry if we were that close to DL and didn't get to go. We really enjoyed Knotts and Sea World too though. They are nice to visit to changed things up a bit.

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I'll give you some quick answers to your questions.
Star Tours is exactly the same.
Soarin' is exactly the same.
Pirates of the Caribbean is better at Disneyland, perhaps because of the Blue Bayou and two drops at the beginning, the order of the scenes and the ride seems a bit longer.
Yes, believe your eyes, Disney's California Adventure entrance is a 30 second walk from the Disneyland entrance. With a Park hopper pass it is like one Giant park.
I hope this helps
Thanks for answering RobertTG, I got busy offline and haven't been on for a while. I agree with everything you said!
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