That is what I have heard as well. I am sure last year didn't help the already difficult situation around Mystery Lodge.I heard the opposite
They are eager to keep it around, BUT they want to upgrade the tech and work on some of the theming to make it more cohesive.
It’s an old attraction that they want to refresh for a new generation is how it was put to me, but the funding took a hit last year.
I also think they would actually face some backlash getting rid of it as they consulted with some Native American tribes in the making of it to try to represent traditions/legends. As well, the Native American dancer show, though small, always draws a crowd, so there’s an audience for these types of experience at Knott’s
The designer of the attraction (BRC Imagination Enterprises) is still around. Not sure about the parts cost, but I had been told that they wanted to update the show into the new generation. As it was put to me, the show is old and doesn't quite have the same visual appeal it had 25+ years ago. From my source, they also want to touch up the entire attraction (which I hope means they make the theater look more like a gathering hut on the inside).What I've heard is they need to replace a specific part (projector lens or something like that) and since the original manufacturer is no longer around, they have to find another company to produce a custom replacement part. Also, it's not cheap. Something like around $50,000 and with COVID, it's really factoring in to their budget. I get the feeling that if they can't find that replacement part, the show will not return.
On a side note, Mrs. Knott's fried chicken is being offered as a rotational menu item at Wilderness Broiler for the next two weeks for all dining plans. Is this the first time Mrs. Knott's fried chicken is offered inside the park? Nice knowing my dining plan is eligible for this option. I've always wished their fried chicken was offered on the meal plan. Even if it's only for two weeks, I'll take it. It might be a smart marketing move to get those who've never tried Mrs. Knott's fried chicken to get exposure and open up more sales for Mrs. Knott's fried chicken restaurant or their to-go spot.
Usually getting there 30-60 minutes before the park opens works wondersWent yesterday, thinking it might not be that bad since my last trip earlier this summer on a Saturday was EMPTY. Maybe a mildly naive notion since it was a Saturday in the middle of July, however...
It was a total nightmare. Everything was jam packed. 20 minutes just to get into the parking lot. 20 minutes just to get through metal detectors. 20 minutes just to get through the front gates. 20 minutes or more just to get food. 10 minutes or more just to get a snack like a pretzel. No joke, Jaguar was 3 hours. Small stuff like the Ferris Wheel or the spinny hats were 45 minutes during the down periods of the day. Crowds never let up either, it was brutal all the way to closing. I never experienced the park this crowded in all of my years attending, even on days for free entry for Veterans. These were Six Flags level of lines. I had no idea Knotts was even this popular anymore.
Are Fridays or Sundays better on crowds? Or do Saturdays get better at some point?