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2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Food Guide

Welcome to the second annual Winterfest at the amusement park that started it all, California’s Great America! Not only do you get to experience millions of Christmas lights, decorations and live entertainment, but guests also get one last chance for the year to ride favorite attractions like Goldstriker, Patriot, and Flight Deck! See complete list of California’s Great America Winterfest attractions.

Of course, we are partial to all the amazing specialty food that is offered exclusively during Winterfest! Chef Erick Ponce and team have once again created some spectacular treat to get guests in the holiday spirit.

Not only are we really elated to experience Winterfest at California’s Great America, but we think everyone will be really excited to see the specialty menu items available throughout the park! Below are the seasonal menu items you will find at the chosen location. Some stands will still offer some of their regular menu items, while others will be replaced with the Winterfest selection.

11 Pipers Piping Pizza ()

Dining Plan accepted at this location

American Corners Christmas Café (American Cafe)

171126 California's Great America Winterfest American Corners Christmas Café ©Ashley Robbins

Dining Plan accepted at this location

Menu:
Chicken Tender Basket- $11.99
American Cafe Burger- $11.99
Turkey Dinner- $15.79
Hand Dipped Corn Dog Basket- $11.99

Chili Cheese Fries- $8.79
Nachos- $6.29
Fresh Cut Fries- $6.29
Apple Slices- $4.29
Entree Salad- $9.99
Assorted Desserts- $4.29

Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Classic Milkshake (Vanilla, Chocolate, or Eggnog)- $5.79

Candy Cane Concoctions (Coca-Cola Polar Plaza)

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Candy Cane Concoctions ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake- $6.99
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows- $6.99
Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispie Treats- $6.99
Caramel Corn- $8.99
Cheese Corn- $8.99
Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Gourmet Hot Chocolate- $6.99

Cocina de Navidad (Outback Shack)

Dining Plan accepted at this location

Menu:
Traditional Pork Tamales with Classic Red Chili- $11.99
Fish Tacos- $11.99
Fish and chips- $11.99
Sourdough Bread Bowls with Poblano Corn Chowder or Bay Area Clam Chowder- $11.79
Bowl of Soup (Pozole, Menudo, Poblano Corn Chowder or Bay Area Clam Chowder)- $10.99

171201 California's Great America Cocina de Navidad Poblano Corn Chowder ©Tiffany Dixon

Champurrado, traditional Mexican hot chocolate thickened with masa
Bunuelos- $4.99

Cool Corn (Popcorn cart in Celebration Plaza)

Maggie Brown’s Festive Dinner (Maggie’s Smokehouse and Fried Chicken)

171125 California's Great America Maggie's Festive Feast Ham Dinner ©Ashley Robbins

Dining Plan accepted at this location

Menu:
Meals included mashed potatoes & gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a cornbread muffin.
Turkey Dinner- $15.79
Ham Dinner- $15.79
Chicken Tender Dinner- $15.79
2 Piece Chicken Dinner- $15.79

Railblazer Chili in a bread bowl

171125 California's Great America Maggie's Festive Feast Turkey Dinner ©Ashley Robbins

Prancer’s Pizza (Pizza Orleans)

171126 California's Great America Winterfest Prancer's Pizza ©Ashley Robbins

Dining Plan accepted at this location

Baked Ziti & Garlic Bread- $12.79
2 Slices Pizza- $11.79
Slice Pizza & Garlic Bread- $11.79
Slice Pizza & Side Salad- $11.79

Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Gourmet Hot Chocolate- $6.99
Coffee- $4.29

Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes (Sally’s Sweet Treats)

171203 California's Great America Winterfest Sally's Festive Candy Cane Funnel Cake

Menu:
Fully Loaded Funnel Cake- $12.99
Candy Cane Funnel Cake- $12.99
Powdered Funnel Cake- $10.99
Strawberry Funnel Cake- $11.99

Deep Fried Peppermint Oreos- $10.99
Soft Serve Cup or Cone- $4.59
Deep Fried Banana Bites- $10.99
Cotton Candy- $4.99

Gourmet Hot Chocolate- $6.99

2017 California's Great America gourmet hot chocolate, mini-donut, toasted marshmallows whipped cream

Spike’s Cheery Churros (Spike’s Churro Factory)

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Spike's Cheery Churros ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
Churro Sundae (Served with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and choice of Bavarian Cream, Peppermint Cream, or Gingerbread Cream)- $8.29

Stuffed Churro (choice of Bavarian Cream, Peppermint Cream, or Gingerbread Cream)- $6.29

Regular Churro- $5.29

Sugar Plum Sweets (Silly Sours and Sweets)

Toy Town Treats (Great American Pizza Company)

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Toy Town Treats ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread- $6.99
Giant Cinnamon Roll- $6.99
Roasted Nuts- $7.99
Coffee- $4.29
Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Gourmet Hot Chocolate- $6.99
Dasani Bottled Water- $3.99
ICEE- $4.49

171201 California's Great America Winterfest Toy Town Treats Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread ©Ashley Robbins

WinterFEAST (Great America Pavilion building)

Served daily from 5:00-7:00 pm, all-you-can-eat holiday meal includes roasted turkey with festive dressing, fried chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, vegetarian baked pasta, tossed salad, dessert squares, Christmas cookies and unlimited fountain drinks. $16.49 per person.

Winterfest Treats

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Treats ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Hot Chocolate Mug- $10.99
Churro- $4.49
Soft Pretzel- $4.49
Cheese Sauce- $1.79
Dasani Bottled Water- $3.99

Yule Time (Game Day Sports Bar)

171126 California's Great America Winterfest Yule Time ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
Pulled Pork Nachos- $9.99
Garlic Fries- $8.79
Chicken or Beef Empanadas (2 per order)- $6.99

Pretzel- $4.49
Cheese Sauce- $1.79

Hot Chocolate- $4.49
Add a Shot- $4.99
Coffee- $4.29
Add a Shot- $4.99
Beer- $10.99
Frozen Margarita- $11.99
House Wine- $7.99

Also available will be the following locations.

Joe Cool Café (accepts Dining Plan)

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Joe Cool Cafe ©Ashley Robbins

Menu:
2 Slices Pepperoni Pizza- $11.79
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog- $12.99
One Slice Pizza and Side Salad- $11.79
Chicken Tenders- $11.99
Joe Cool Burger- $11.99
Turkey Leg Platter- $13.99

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Joe Cool Cafe Turkey Leg ©Ashley Robbins

Basket of Fries- $6.29
Entree Salad- $9.99
Side Salad- $5.49
Fruit Cup- $5.49
Macaroni & Cheese- $6.29
Assorted Desserts- $4.29

Auntie Anne’s
Subway (accepts Dining Plan)
Panda Express (accepts Dining Plan)

Planet Snoopy Snack Shack

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Snack Shack

Menu:
Mac & Cheese Bread Bowl Cone- $9.79
Brisket Mac & Cheese Cone- $9.79
Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone- $9.79
Loaded Tater Tots (Brisket or Bacon with cheese sauce)- $9.79

171124 California's Great America Winterfest Snack Shack Mac Cheese Cone ©Ashley Robbins

2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Souvenir Mug

California’s Great America will bring back the 2017 Winterfest Souvenir Mug for $10.99 which includes free refills on the first day of your visit of hot chocolate and $1 refills on subsequent visits.

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©California’s Great America

Winterfest Souvenir Mug Refill stations will be located at:

TBD

Note, 2017 All-Season Dining Plans will be accepted during Winterfest. Winterfest Single Meal Deals will also be available for $14.29. 2017 All-Season Souvenir Bottles and Season Pass Drink Plans will be accepted during Winterfest.

References:
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Food Guide
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Food Guide
2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Attractions

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7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall

150812 Cedar Point Midway Horse-Drawn Hearse (7 Reasons to Love Cedar Fair Parks in the Fall)

Were you fortunate to make it to a Cedar Fair at least once (or 10) this summer? Traveling to Cedar Point, Kings Island, Carowinds, Dorney Park or any of the other Cedar Fair parks is a blast throughout the year, especially when you can enjoy long days in the park and late nights under the lights of the midway. However, once the temperatures start to drop, there are lots of reasons to love Cedar Fair parks in the fall.

1) Decorations

Starting around August each year, guests visiting the parks can get into the fall spirit by seeing some of the decorations start to take shape around the park. Maybe you will see a Haunt vehicle here or a hearse there. Slowly as you get closer to fall, you will begin to see the park transformed into an entirely new experience, especially after dark.

Fall also means new kids and family activities throughout the day. Then once the sun goes down, the fog starts to roll in and the entire atmosphere becomes captivating.

2) Park Improvements

There is nothing that gets park enthusiasts blood running faster than with the announcement of improvements for the next season. Typically sometime in August or September, the parks have their official release of the next years improvements, whether they be a new roller coaster, rides, or dining enhancements. Shortly thereafter, guests going into fall can watch the early progress of construction, building excitement to carry them into spring and the park reopening.

3) Character Spirit

141022 Cedar Point Trick-or-Treat Halloween Snoopy

Everyone gets into the fall spirit at the parks, and that includes Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Bring the family out during the day and see your favorite characters dressed up just for Halloween.

Or if you visit Cedar Point during the day, you may get lucky and see Tony Clark, the Communications Director driving around the midway parade in a boiling pot of witches brew. Everyone gets in on the action.

4) Unique Menu Offerings

150918 Cedar Point Kettle Corn

While the leaves are changing, so does the food that nurtures the soul, preparing our bodies for winter. That is why we love the food scene at the parks for fall. Find warm cider, pumpkin treats, food stands that are only brought out for Haunt, unique food events, and freshly prepared kettle corn.

References:
2017 Canada’s Wonderland Haunt Food
2017 Valleyfair Blood Suckers Buffet & Brew Bar
2017 Dorney Park Fright Feast
Review: Cedar Point Halloweekends Specialty Baked Potatoes
2017 California’s Great America Haunt Boofet
2017 Cedar Point Boeckling’s Banquet
2017 Cedar Point Night of the Living Fed

5) Dwindling Crowds

Halloweekends/Haunt are historically the busiest time of the year to visit the park, but there are some ways to minimize the crowds. As you get closer to Halloween, and especially on Saturdays, the parks can be very crowded. However, depending on the weather forecast, Friday nights and Sundays can be great nights to take in the park with lower crowds.

6) Merchandise Deals

Looking to snag our favorite merchandise for that special someone? As the parks get closer to closing day, they risk being stuck with a bunch of inventory. This means you should be able to find some great discounts of select items.

7) Best Deal of the Year on Season Passes

Cedar Fair Platinum Pass

If you are like our family, we like to save money, and the best time to do that with Cedar Fair season passes is in the fall. When season passes first go on sale is the best time to buy due to the lowest prices and additional added incentives.

For example, new guests that purchase a season pass this season get into the parks one time this season. Renewing members get a free Fast Lane Plus pass, getting them front of the line access one time this season.

When purchasing your season pass, it is also in your best interest to add the all-season dining plan and all-season drink cup/season pass drink program now, as the prices will only go up the longer you wait.

What gets you in the fall spirit?

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2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Attractions

161203 California's Great America Winterfest Orleans Place ©Inside CGA

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California’s Great America has the distinct honor of being at the forefront of the Winterfest movement, since they were the first Cedar Fair park to host the event in 2016. Now back for the 2017 season, Winterfest will host a whole new lineup of rides, shows, entertainment, decorations and of course, specialty food items for the Christmas holiday season!

California’s Great America Winterfest Rides

(Note: rides subject to minimum weather conditions to operate.)

Carousel Colombia
Delirium
Flight Deck
Flying Ace
Flying Eagles
GR8 Sk8
Gold Striker
Joe Cool’s Dodgem School
Kite Eating Tree
Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbie
Peanuts 500
Peanuts Pirates
Patriot
Planet Snoopy Construction Zone
Rue le Dodge
Sally’s Love Buggies
Sally’s Swing Set
Snoopy’s Space Buggies
Snoopy’s Space Race
Star Tower
Woodstock Express

California’s Great America Winterfest Live Entertainment

Winterfest would not be complete with a whole new lineup of live entertainment options.

A Peanuts Guide to Christmas (PEANUTS™ Show Place)
Cool Yule Christmas (Celebration Plaza)
Holly Jolly Trolley (Hometown Square, Celebration Plaza, Toy Land)
It’s Christmas, Snoopy! (Great American Theatre)
Jingle Jazz (Hometown Square)
The Mistletones (Coca-Cola Polar Bear Plaza)
Tinker’s Toy Factory (Theatre Royale)
Tree Lighting Ceremony (Celebration Plaza)

161127 California's Great America Winterfest ©Inside CGA

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California’s Great America Winterfest Food

2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Food Guide

California’s Great America Winterfest Activities

In addition to shows, rides and food, the California’s Great America Winterfest event will feature a variety of seasonal activities as follows.

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot
Let It Snow
Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen ($14.99 for 4 sugar cookies or 1 large cookie, frosting, and decorations)
North Pole Postmaster
Ruby the Reindeer
Sally Brown’s Christmas Crafts
Snowflake Lake
St. Nick’s Pics
Coca-Cola Polar Bear Party

References:
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Food Guide
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Food Guide
2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Attractions

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