Now for the final "B" ticket blow-out! This "Complimentary" "B" Ticket is from May 1971. Complimentary A thru E tickets were just the regular ticket, but have some extra printing. They got those cool Stars on the right, the wording "Complimentary" and the famous "X" serial number sequence. I hear these were given to CM's since they could get in the park for free, but they still needed tickets to the attractions. I think these were also given away at hotels/motels, and at the park because? If you know more about these "Star" tickets and how they were used, please let me know!
Comparing this "B" to the 1969 one, you will notice the Motor Boat Cruise is back!
This September 1973 "B" ticket is the last of this larger size. Motor boat is gone again! (See 9/75 below for more Motor Boat mysteries) and Alice in Wonderland has moved up to the "C" ticket, making for a really light "B" ticket. Nice rusty paperclip mark huh?
New size appears in 1974! This "B" is from June 1974. The new size is much smaller, measuring 4 3/16" x 2". (my scans don't show the actual size, not sure how to do that!) This new size is NOT my favorite, you'll see as we get to the CDE tickets, there are so many attractions that the fonts get really small! You can barley read them! Plus they just don't "feel" as nice. This "B" got Alice back, and the Motor Boat Cruise is back again!
OK, here is a "B" ticket from September 1975. MOTOR BOAT CRUISE is gone, AGAIN!!!! I also scanned the back of the ticket book to show the Motor Boat Cruise is not listed!!! Where did it keep going? I know it's gone now (extreme sadness), but what happened over the years, did they just shut it down for entire seasons? NOTICE: The $$$ amount of the tickets are gone, no more 25 cents....
And here is a nice Trio of "B"'s dating from the top down; June 1977, September 1978 and May 1979. You can see for 1978 Fantastyland Theater and the Motor Boat Cruise disappear, then reappear in 1979!!! Also notice the 1978 ticket is good for "One Guest any age" not sure why they did these "any age" tickets and it seems they only appear in 1978. Main Street Cinema is off to the "A" ticket and we now have the BOTH shooting galleries on the"B" (well, not in 1978!)
And just because it's so darn pretty, this May 1977 Knott's "B" ticket. Boy did these hold up over time, clean and vivid, just like new! I'm heading to the "Haunted Shack"!
Well, that's it for the"B" series, that was really fun! Next week - the "C" ticket! And check this weekend for some cool odd stuff.....