This weekend, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends has returned for seven weekends of fright and fun. With six mazes, six scare zones, a parade and other Halloween-themed experiences, there’s plenty for guests to be scared of. [Read more…]
Cedar Fair and Peanuts Worldwide have renewed their licensing agreement to have the Peanuts characters in Cedar Fair’s 11 theme parks until 2025. [Read more…]
Guests can experience the western town of Calico once again and continue the story, as Ghost Town Alive! is now open at Knott’s Berry Farm. [Read more…]
Christmas at Gaylord Palms kicks off the season on November 18, with new additions to the popular Ice! attraction featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. [Read more…]
Starting November 19, 2016, Knott’s Berry Farm in California transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with thousands of twinkling lights, holiday décor, and festive events throughout the park.
Guests at Knott’s Merry Farm can relish the Christmas season with attractions, new live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, holiday food, carolers performing seasonal classics and nightly snow falling on the streets of Calico.
Debuting this year, It’s The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown at the new Calico Mine Stage features the Peanuts gang putting on the greatest Christmas pageant ever with Charlie Brown directing. Charlie’s one wish is to spend the holidays with his family, especially with Snoopy, who is visiting his family around the world. Will Snoopy make it home in time for Christmas? Join Charlie and the gang for a charming Christmas show as they perform traditional upbeat holiday classics and spread Christmas cheer. Find out if Snoopy returns home in time for a magical and festive holiday season to celebrate Christmas with Charlie, Sally and the rest of the Peanuts. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
For the first time ever, the streets of Calico are overflowing with seasonal joy as its citizens (from this summer’s Ghost Town Alive!) help guests celebrate the holidays with Christmas in Calico. New this year, Calico’s Town Hall offers plenty of holiday activities for all. Little ones can pen Christmas letters to jolly ol’ Santa Claus or gather round for a special reading of the holiday classic the Night before Christmas by the Calico citizens. Everyone can also lend a hand around town by delivering gifts to some of the folks in Calico. Just outside Town Hall, Calico Carolers roam the streets sharing the sounds of the season though songs and hand bell chimes.
Just a couple feet away from the new Calico Stage, at the recently added Calico Park, is where this year’s night time tree lighting tradition takes place. This all-new Calico Tree Lighting Ceremony features the Calico Bell Choir and the Citizens of Calico as they join together around the tree for an illuminating Christmas celebration filled with music, laughter and happiness. Gather round the electrifying Christmas tree and experience as the colorful lights come alive when Dr. Carter tests his newest electrical Christmas invention in Ghost Town.
The Wilderness Dance Hall in Ghost Town transforms into Santa’s Christmas Cabin for the holiday season, where guests can visit the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Pictures can be purchased onsite, and you can purchase seasonal treats like Santa’s freshly-baked cookies, mouthwatering pastries, exquisite chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, seasonal craft beers, gourmet hot chocolate with marshmallows and hot spiced holiday wine. Knott’s world-famous holiday treats can be found all throughout Ghost Town, including fresh poured-to-order maple lollipops at the Gold Trails Hotel, homemade holiday churros from the Churro Factory and extra creamy Santa’s Milk and Cookie shakes from Coasters.
Returning this year, the Peanuts gang, and a cast of world class ice skaters perform in the breathtaking ice show, Merry Christmas, Snoopy! in the 2,100 seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre. In this whimsical show, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season, including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival, and attending the Christmas Ball. (Select dates, November 19 through January 8.)
An all-new show is debuting at the Camp Snoopy Theatre, A Peanuts Guide to Christmas. The Peanuts give their take and unique wisdom in a primer designed to help everyone survive the holidays. The show features mash ups of holiday songs with a heartwarming dose of the Peanuts gang.
Relax and unwind at Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village, as Ghost Town transforms into a shopping wonderland with dozens of local artisans selling their unique crafts and gifts. The annual Christmas Crafts village includes artistic craft holiday shops featuring power chainsaw sculpting and elegant glass blowing demonstrations. Entrance to the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village is free Monday through Thursday, November 21 – December 8, and is included with theme park admission every day.
In the intimate setting of Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, Knott’s melodrama company brings to life Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and O. Henry’s A Gift of the Magi in performances available on select dates during Knott’s Merry Farm.
When the sun sets on the farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town twinkle brightly to the beat of a holiday favorite as snow gently falls on all guests. Park guests can enjoy more of the nightly snow and glow experience in most of Ghost Town, from School House Road to the Saloon and down to the Assay Office. The toe tappin’, hand clappin’, comedy and bluegrass of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies continues their Knott’s Merry Farm residency this holiday season in the Birdcage Theatre on select nights.
For More information about Knott’s Merry Farm please visit knotts.com, and watch this 2015 episode of Attractions The Show for a look inside last year’s event:
At Ripley’s Believe It or Not, you’ll see that actress Jennifer Lawrence is nuts – or should we say made of peanuts. [Read more…]
Try not to have a good time…this is supposed to be educational. – Charles M. Schulz
Kids of all ages will enjoy Charles Schulz’s interpretation of the natural world through more than 65 Peanuts comic strips and interactives that explain the weather, encourage recycling, identify North American birds, and offer lessons in drawing Peanuts characters at the new “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Blue Horizons Coming to San Diego
At Sea World San Diego, there are not many shows that have had as long a run as Dolphin Discovery’s 13 years. That run comes to an end this weekend when the final show will be preformed. After that, Dolphin Discovery will transform into Blue Horizons. Visitors to SeaWorld Orlando have already had the opportunity to see Blue Horizons since 2005. The show will feature the energetic bottle-nose dolphin, pilot whales, exotic birds and acrobatic performers of the human variety.
Construction on the new set, designed by Broadway set designer Stanley Meyer, will begin soon. Meyer designed the set for the Beauty and the Beast musical. A special interim dolphin show will be presented in Shamu Stadium beginning in November. Visitors to SeaWorld San Diego can experience the new show beginning in May 2010.
Nickelodeon to Leave Cedar Fair Parks – Hello Snoopy
Just a few weeks ago, I reported that Nickelodeon is partnering with The City of New Orleans and Southern Star Amusement to open its first stand-alone outdoor Nickelodeon theme park at the site of the old Six Flags New Orleans. While Nick will grow in this regard, they will be ending their licensing agreement with five Cedar Fair parks. This includes Kings Island near Cincinnati that has been voted the “Best Kid’s Area” by Amusement Today with their Nickelodeon Universe from 2001-08. The other parks include: Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto, Kings Dominion in Virginia, Carowinds in North Carolina, and California’s Great America.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang will replace Nickelodeon. The kids areas in each of these parks will undergo “re-branding” which will include new shows and in some cases, new rides. Don Helbig of Kings Island said all of the names for the rides within Planet Snoopy will be announced during the off season. Six Cedar Fair parks already have Peanuts-themed kids areas.
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year.