ALL-NEW COUNTY FAIR AT CAROWINDS: TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME

4 More Years! 4 More Years! While the national election scene was bracing for a crazy November 2016 Presidential election, Earnest Lee Higganbotham was campaigning for four more years as the Mayor of Carowinds. Throughout the 2016 season, Carowinds lead a fantastic campaign behind Mr. Higganbotham, and on August 18, 2016, his constituents proudly hoisted him into the Mayoral seat for another four years.

As part of Mr. Higganbotham’s campaign promise, Carowinds would be getting four new attraction and a rebranding of the County Fair section of the park.

Charlotte, N.C. –True Carolinians will agree, the feel of an old county fair is like no other. Now guests can enter into an atmosphere of timeless fun for all ages as Carowinds opens an all-new County Fair themed area in spring 2017.

More than three-acres of family fun await in County Fair, featuring four retro classic rides: The twists and turns of Do-Si-Do glides guests up, down and around on three giant arms.

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The floorless gondolas on Electro-Spin flip guests upside down up to 63 feet above the ground.

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Rock ‘N’ Roller’s circular motion paired with music tunes and spectacular lighting is a crowd pleaser.

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Grab the family for some high flying action on the Zephyr swing ride.

The hardest part of the day might be deciding which regional treat to eat! No fair would be complete without recognizable smells and tastes from some “blue ribbon” favorites including: fried corn, hot dogs, cotton candy and fresh cut fries – yummy! Let’s not forget the ever-popular funnel cake. Guests can indulge the deep-fried pastry the old-fashioned way, or chow down on our bite-sized funnel cake fritters.

The County Fair section of the park will feature a wide range of activities that exceed everyone’s imaginations. Family members of all ages can enjoy the comforting feel of the old fair imagery.

“We combined some long-time guests’ favorites, four classic fair rides, traditional fair food and music, to bring a one-of-a-kind experience families will want to enjoy over and over again”, says vice president and general manager, Pat Jones. “Parents can go back in time and re-live their childhood with their kids and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

It’s not too late to purchase a 2017 season pass or renew a current one at the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Season passholders will get to experience the all-new County Fair before anyone else during Carowinds exclusive Season Passholder Preview night Friday, March 24 from 6-10 p.m. The park opens to the public on Saturday, March 25.

About Carowinds
Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, two water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.

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2017 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans

2017 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans

2017 will be a big transformation year for Worlds of Fun with several new attractions and a completely revamped front entrance. First, everyone comes to Worlds of Fun for the rides, and they will be adding two great new options for 2017.

Mustang Runner will swing guests around in gondolas while the base swings in the opposite direction. Also new for 2017 is Falcon’s Flight, which spins guests around high up in the air. Falcon’s Flight is quite an interesting one that we have not seen in other Cedar Fair parks.

Also new for 2017 will be the introduction to Winterfest, the exciting Christmas holiday event in late November and December. Note All-Season Dining plan users are valid through Winterfest.

So lets take a look at the 2017 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans.

Single Day Meal Deal- $13.99 (Includes meal, side, and beverage)

All-Day Dining Plan- $29.99 (Eat every 90 minutes; no beverage included)

All-Season Dining Plan- $112.00/$138.00 (Platinum)(Eat twice per day spaced four hours apart; no beverage included)

All-Day Souvenir Cup- $10.99 (Free refills day of purchase/$1.00 per refill thereafter)

All-Season Souvenir Cup- $29.99

All-Season Drink Pass– $29.99

Helpful References:
Everything You Need to Know About the Cedar Fair All Season Souvenir Bottle
Is All-Season Dining Worth the Cost?
Is All-Day Dining Worth the Cost?

2017 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans

Battle Creek BBQ (In Americana)

– Brisket sandwich with fries, baked beans or mac’n’cheese
– Pulled pork sandwich with fries, baked beans or mac’n’cheese
– BBQ nachos (no side)

Beach Bites (East Side of Surf City Wave Pool at Oceans of Fun)

– 1 slice of cheese pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza
– 1 slice of pepperoni pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza

Calypso Cafe (South Side of Coconut Cove at Oceans of Fun)

– Cheeseburger with fries or applesauce
– Bacon cheeseburger with fries or applesauce
– Grilled chicken sandwich with fries or applesauce
– Chicken tenders (3) with fries or applesauce
– Chicken nuggets (5) with fries or applesauce
– All beef hot dog with fries or applesauce

Chickie’s & Pete’s (In Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun)

– Philly cheesesteak with CrabFries®
– Chicken cheesesteak with CrabFries®
– Buffalo chicken cheesesteak with CrabFries®
– Chickie’s cutlets with CrabFries®
– Chickie’s buffalo cutlets with CrabFries®

Chicken Shack (In Scandinavia)

– Chicken tenders (3) with fries
– Chicken wrap with fries
– Boneless wings (6) with fries

Coasters Drive-In (In Africa)

– Cheeseburger with fries, applesauce or onion rings
– Bacon cheeseburger with fries, applesauce or onion rings
– Grilled chicken sandwich with fries, applesauce or onion rings
– Chicken tenders (3) with fries, applesauce or onion rings
– Caesar salad with fries, applesauce or onion rings

Worlds of Fun Food Truck (In Worlds of Fun)

– Steak tacos
– Chicken tacos
– Veggie tacos

G’Rilla Grill (In Africa)

– Jumbo corn dog with fries
– Chicken tenders (3) with fries
– Jumbo hot dog with fries

Paisano’s Pizza (In Europa)

– 1 slice of cheese pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks or 1 additional slice of pizza
– 1 slice of pepperoni pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks or 1 additional slice of pizza

Panda Express (In Orient)

– Teriyaki chicken with fried rice or chow mein
– Orange chicken with fried rice or chow mein
– Sweet fire chicken with fried rice or chow mein
– Broccoli beef with fried rice or chow mein

Pizza Pier (In Americana)

– 1 slice of cheese pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza
– 1 slice of pepperoni pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza

Pizzo Pizza (In Scandinavia)

– 1 slice of cheese pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza
– 1 slice of pepperoni pizza and choice of 2 breadsticks, a side salad or 1 additional slice of pizza

Santa Fe Street Tacos (In Americana)

– Steak tacos
– Chicken tacos
– Veggie tacos

Subway (In Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun)

– Meatball marinara with chips (not available at Oceans of Fun location)
– Ham & cheese with chips
– Cold cut trio with chips
– Spicy Italian with chips

Vittle Griddle (In Americana)

– Cheeseburger with fries or applesauce
– Bacon cheeseburger with fries or applesauce (Review)
– Grilled chicken sandwich with fries or applesauce
– Chicken tenders (3) with fries or applesauce
– Chicken nuggets (5) with fries or applesauce
– All beef hot dog with fries or applesauce

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2017 Cedar Fair Dining Plans

2017 California’s Great American Dining Plans
2017 Canada’s Wonderland Dining Plans
2017 Carowinds Dining Plans
2017 Cedar Point Dining Plans
2017 Dorney Park Dining Plans
2017 Kings Dominion Dining Plans
2017 Kings Island Dining Plans
2017 Knott’s Berry Farm Dining Plans
2017 Michigan’s Adventure Dining Plans
2017 Valleyfair Dining Plans
2017 World of Fun Dining Plans

References:

2016 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans
2015 Worlds of Fun Dining Plans

As always, dining plans are subject to change and availability. Did you see an option listed on the menu boards that was either new or removed? Be sure to take a picture and let us know below in the comments.

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Review: Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Pizza

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In the beginning the Knott’s family created the fried chicken and boysenberries. The park was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of Ghost Town. Today the boysenberry reigns supreme and is highlighted by the #BoysenberryFestival, running April 1-23, 2017 at Knott’s Berry Farm.

As the event has grown in popularity, so has the extraordinary menu, with Knott’s chefs working on creating new concoctions each year. One of the new 2017 menu items is Boysenberry Pizza, and we were fortunate enough to sample this new item during a preview event.

The boysenberry pizza features a boysenberry cream sauce, chopped black forest ham, goat cheese, slivered almonds, caramelized onions and arugula, with a Boysenberry/Sriracha drizzled on top.

The boysenberry pizza provides a nice array of flavors from the creaminess of the goat cheese, to the crispy ham, to the little bit of heat from the sauce.

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So what did others think of the boysenberry pizza?

Admission to the boysenberry festival is included with admission. However, there is an additional charge for all food and beverage.

Guests can save by purchasing a Tasting Card for $25. The tasting card includes generous portions of six items:
– Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
– Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
– Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
– Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
– Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
– Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

The Boysenberry Festvival Tasting Card can be purchased at Sutters Grill, Pemmican Pickle, the Calico Saloon, the Churro Factory, the Berry Stand at the entrance of Ghost Town, the Ghost Town Bakery and at the Gold Trails Hotel.

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