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2017 Carowinds Winterfest Food Guide

Visiting Cedar Fair amusement parks this Holiday season should be on everyone’s to-do list! In 2016, California’s Great America debuted Winterfest, a seasonal celebration of shows, rides, and specialty food offerings. This gave Cedar Fair two extended season events when you factor in #MerryFarm during the year round operating Knott’s Berry Farm.

Everyone was very excited and hopeful that Winterfest would be rolled out to other Cedar Fair parks, and thankfully, we have been blessed with the 2017 debut of the event at Carowinds, Kings Island, and Worlds of Fun!

For a complete list of entertainment, rides and additional information, see our 2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions list.

Not only are we really elated to experience Winterfest at Carowinds, 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.

Blitzen’s Fixings (Celebration Plaza/Burrito Café): Holiday Pizza, Hot Chocolate

Candy Cane Sugar Shack (Celebration Plaza): Gingerbread Cookies, Pumpkin Bundt Cake, Hot Chocolate

County Fair Christmas Cakes (County Fair): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

171103 Carowinds Winterfest Gingerbread Funnel Cake ©Kris Siuta


Dancer’s Snack Shack (Planet Snoopy/Snack Shack): Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese, Double Pork (bacon, pulled) Mac & Cheese, Oreo Churros, Fried Cheesecake Bites

171103 Carowinds Winterfest Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese ©Kris Siuta

Buffalo Chicken and Bleu Mac & Cheese ©Kris Siuta

Dasher’s Diner(County Fair/Wings): Cranberry Glazed Wings, Roast Beast Burger, Chef Kris Kringle’s Fried Turkey Sandwich, Hot Chocolate

171102 Carowinds Winterfest Fried Turkey Sandwich ©Kris Siuta

Fried Turkey Sandwich ©Kris Siuta

Holiday Hall (Harmony Hall): Lasagna, Carved Smoked Turkey, Carved Honey Ham, Mashed Yukon Gold, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Cranberry Salad, Stuffing, Turducken Burger, Pumpkin Soup, Chili Bread Bowl, Potato Soup, Butternut squash Soup, Hot Chocolate

Prancer’s Pizza (Celebration Plaza/Papa Luigi’s): Stromboli

Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes (Celebration Plaza/Funnel Cake Emporium): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

Spike’s Cheery Churros (Planet Snoopy/Joe Cool Kiosk): Hot Chocolate

Sugar Plum’s Fairy (County Fair/Fair Fries): Fried Twinkies

Sugar’s Cake Factory (Planet Snoopy/South Gate Funnel Cake): Ginger Bread Funnel Cake with Egg Nog Topping, Chocolate Peppermint Funnel Cake

Tinker’s Dessert Hut(Celebration Plaza): Cinnamon pull apart bread, Hot Chocolate

Turkey Lurkey’s (Celebration Plaza/Intimidator Kiosk): Jumbo turkey legs, hot chocolate.

Also available will be the following franchise locations.

Auntie Anne’s
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Panda Express
Sweet Frog

Carowinds will debut a 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.

Note, 2017 Carowinds Gold & Platinum (All parks) All-Season Dining Plans will be accepted during Winterfest. Stay tuned for which menu items will be included. Winterfest Single Meal Deals will also be available for $13.99. 2017 All-Season Souvenir Bottles and Season Pass Drink Plans will be accepted during Winterfest.

You may also enjoy the following references:
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Food Guide
2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions Guide

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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.

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 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions

2017 Carowinds Winterfest Candy Canes


Have you been dying all summer to get out to Carowinds but just could not find the time? Carowinds will be bringing Winterfest to the park in late November through December 2017, and we could not be more excited!

The family Christmas holiday event will feature millions of lights, live entertainment, specialty food items, decorations and activities!

While most people come to Carowinds for the rides, the Winterfest event will be a sensory experience that will be perfect for families and friends! Not to mention that normally when the park would be undergoing winter maintenance, we will get the chance to ride a select number of attractions.

Carowinds Winterfest Rides

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

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Carolina Skytower
Character Carousel
Charlie Brown’s Wind-Up
Flying Ace Aerial Chase
Flying Ace Balloon Race
Peanuts Pirates
Rock ‘n’ Roller
Snoopy vs Red Baron
Snoopy’s Junction

Carowinds Winterfest Live Entertainment

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

Christmas Bluegrass (Harmony Hall Outdoor Stage)
Cool Yule (Celebration Plaza)
Holiday in Harmony Hall (Harmony Hall)
Holly Jolly Trolley (Roaming Midways)
Jingle Jazz (Crossroads Gazebo)
Live Nativity (County Crossroads)
Midway Merriment (Roaming Midways)
Reindeer Roundup
The Mistletones (Crossroads Gazebo)
Tinkers Toy Factory (PEANUTS Showplace)
Tree Lighting Ceremony (Celebration Plaza)

2017 Carowinds Winterfest Gingerbread Men


Carowinds Winterfest Activities

2017 Carowinds Winterfest Snowflake Lake Construction


In addition to shows, rides and food, the Carowinds Winterfest event will feature a variety of seasonal activities as follows.

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot
Coca-Cola Polar Bear Party
Horse Drawn Carriages
Artisan Village
Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen
North Pole Airmail
Sally Brown’s Christmas Crafts
Snowflake Lake
St. Nick’s Pics

2017 Kings Island Winterfest Attractions
2017 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions
2017 California’s Great America Winterfest Attractions

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