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Topic: Knotts boat ride?

Fri 11/23/2012 6:09p
Did Knotts have a boat ride similar to Disneyland's motor boats back in the 70's?
Fri 11/23/2012 9:57p
Not that I remember. They did have a little lake across the road (through the big tunnel). I remember a bigger boat- kind of a poor man's Mark Twain- and they might even have had paddle boats on that lake briefly when they were all the rage (even the DLH did) - but I'm not sure.

But a motorized individual boats on a track thing like DL? I don't think so.
Sat 11/24/2012 12:33a
>>Did Knotts have a boat ride similar to Disneyland's motor boats back in the 70's?<<

I know Dabob didn't sound too confident .. but he's exactly right. Right in the spot he's thinking .. which is now one flat asphalt parking lot.

I remember clearly riding the paddle boats at least once. It was a round lake .. with views of chain link fences ..and 70s cars barreling down Beach Blvd. With a few trees and bushes sparsely dotted about. With a small train rain that circled the lake. With the carousel in Knott's in full view.

(This is the days before Camp Snoopy .. when views into Fiesta Village was in plain sight.)

And I have to say .. there was a nice tranquil, and sublime appeal about it. It wasn't trying to go for super-duper detailed theming. But in a day when Orange County was a bit more sedate than it is now ... there was calming charm that I remember about this lake, and the paddle boats, and narrow gage train.
Sat 11/24/2012 12:38a
And the paddle wheeler .. was just a little bit bigger than the Mike Fink Keel Boats. What is now dominated by the Silver Bullet ... was once a sedate lake .. with an island in the middle .. with this boat that made a nice slow circle around the lake. Pleasant.
Sat 11/24/2012 12:44a
I never experienced this, but I do know that the paddle boat was the Cordelia K. And there was an islnd, full of "Woodimals." They were driftwood creatures set among plantings.

The Cordelia K:

"Jungle Island" and the Woodimals:
Sat 11/24/2012 12:55a
awe .. the more gentler days of Knott's .... Before it turned into a "Magic Mountain" coaster nightmare.

Thanks for sharing Doug.
Sat 11/24/2012 6:27a
I can remember walking around this lake also . It was a nice casual "exercise" to digest Knott's fried chicken Sunday dinner before piling into the car for the long drive back to Oxnard. It was free to be in this area I am guessing. Correct? Of course the focus of the trip was Disneyland! I vaquely recall an American Heritage Building to enter. It seemed to depict an accurate reproduction. Does anybody know what I am trying to remember?
Sat 11/24/2012 11:36a
>> It was free to be in this area I am guessing. Correct?<<

The only areas that required a ticket .. was Independence Hall, and I believe the bird sanctuary positioned as an "island" was also a ticketed thing. Otherwise .. this entire block was free to roam around.
Sat 11/24/2012 11:55a
Thanks OCDean. So is the Independence Hall still there?
Sat 11/24/2012 11:58a
Yes, an excellent reproduction of Independence Hall. Since my grandparents lived in Philly, we'd seen the real one multiple times, so we never went in there.

Also in that area was Henry's Auto Livery, a drive it yourself autopia-style Model T, on a dirt track with no center rail. LOVED that. I think they removed that when they put in the Roaring 20's autopia-style ride.

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