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KOA Care Camps $20 Promotion

170512 Kings Dominion KOA Cabin

This deal is too good not to share! Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is offering a special promotion on May 11-12, 2018. Campers staying at participating KOA Campgrounds as paying guests on Friday, May 11 are eligible to receive a $20.00 night of camping on Saturday, May 12. Funds raised from Saturday, May 12 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ medically-supervised summer camps for kids with cancer. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

So how does this promotion benefit you? Good you asked! All the below offers are priced out at two nights (May 11-13, 2018) including the $20 promotion on the second night.

To partake in the special buy weekend, visit the KOA Care Camps webpage.

SANDUSKY/BAYSHORE KOA

The Sandusky KOA is located minutes away from Cedar Point.

Tent site start at $61.88
RV sites start at $77.48
Cabin rentals start at $112.37

We could run different scenarios all day, but we quickly compared the savings in cabin rentals. Prices start at $80.50 for May 12 only. If you book the May 11-13 combo, you save at least $60 on the second night.

LEBANON / CINCINNATI NE KOA

Less than 20 minutes away from Kings Island, the Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA is partaking in this promotion.

Tent site start at $60.40
RV sites start at $68.76
Cabin rentals start at $150.78
Rental Trailers start at $127.01

This KOA requires two night stays in cabins, so we could not retrieve a good apples to apples comparison for savings. RV sites start at $48.77 for Saturday, meaning you will save around $29 on those sites alone.

Save an additional 10% by adding the KOA Rewards Program, good for one year for $30.

FREDERICKSBURG VA / WASHINGTON DC S. KOA

Unfortunately, the Kings Dominion KOA is not partaking in this promotion; however, the one 30 minutes north of the park is participating.

Tent site start at $60.67
RV sites start at $73.88
Cabin rentals start at $93.73

A cabin rental for May 12 only starts at $64.99, meaning the two night promo saves you $45!

Another interesting property on the list for this promotion is the Williamsburg, Virginia KOA which is near Busch Gardens!

CHARLOTTE / FORT MILL KOA

We are really excited to see this location show up on the list, because it is located only 6 minutes away from Carowinds!

Tent site are currently all booked
RV sites start at $71.04
Cabin rentals start at $91.87

A cabin rental for only Saturday night is $62.76, saving you $42 by combining it with a Friday night stay!

KANSAS CITY EAST / OAK GROVE KOA

This campground is located 30 minutes from Worlds of Fun.

Tent site start at $56.80
RV sites start at $71.94
Cabin rentals not available for this promo

Make sure you select the options showing $20/night as several selections are rated per night and do not include the promo.

MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST KOA

This KOA is less than 20 minutes from Valleyfair.

Tent site start at $52.60
RV sites start at $62.80
Cabin rentals start at $98.77

This KOA requires two night stays in cabins, so we could not retrieve a good apples to apples comparison for savings. RV sites start at $38.48 for Saturday, meaning you will save around $18 on those sites.

MUSKEGON KOA

This KOA is less than 10 minutes from Michigan’s Adventure.

Tent site start at $44.00
RV sites start at $49.00
Cabin rentals start at $85.00

Cabin rentals for only Saturday are $65, resulting in a $45 savings by pairing with Friday night.

Summary

Remember all the rates above are for two nights for this promotion and include tax! Save an additional 10% by becoming a KOA Rewards member for $30/year. You will need to weigh the cost of the membership versus your savings. For our family, it easily makes sense to join because the savings more than offsets the cost on our spring break trip to Kings Dominion and Carowinds each year.

Remember, to book this special deal, you must visit the KOA Care Camps webpage.

Let us know below in the comments if you partook in this offer.

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Cedar Fair Attractions That Celebrate Anniversaries in 2018

2018! The year of Steel Vengeance (Cedar Point), Twisted Timbers (Kings Dominion, RailBlazer (California’s Great America), and HangTime (Knott’s Berry Farm). This is a monumental year for Cedar Fair with four record setting new roller coasters, as well as other new rides and park enhancements across the company.

However, as we look to the future, we always have to look to the past. With that said, we present our annual list of Cedar Fair Attractions That Celebrate Anniversaries in 2018, in 5 year increments.

California’s Great America- Gold Striker (2013)

5th Anniversary

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Cedar Point- GateKeeper (2013)

5th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Coast Rider (2013)

5th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Surfside Gliders (2013)

5th Anniversary

160419 Knott's Berry Farm Surfside Gliders

Kings Dominion- Dominator (2008)

(Originally at Six Flags Ohio 2000)
10th Anniversary

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Canada’s Wonderland- Behemoth (2008)

10th Anniversary

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Carowinds- Yo Yo (2008)

(Formerly at Geauga Lake, 1981)
10th Anniversary

170422 Carowinds Yo Yo

Dorney Park- Possessed (2008)

10th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Pony Express (2008)

10th Anniversary

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Michigan’s Adventure- Thunderhawk (2008)

(Originally at Geauga Lake, 1998)
10th Anniversary

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Canada’s Wonderland- Sledgehammer (2003)

15th Anniversary

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Cedar Point- Top Thrill Dragster (2003)

15th Anniversary
(Read more about the opening of Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster)

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Kings Dominion- Drop Tower: Scream Zone (2003)

15th Anniversary

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Kings Island- Delirium (2003)

15th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- La Revolucion (2003)

15th Anniversary

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Valleyfair- Steel Venom (2003)

15th Anniversary

Cedar Point- Power Tower (1998)

20th Anniversary

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Kings Dominion- Volcano (1998)

20th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- GhostRider (1998)

20th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Supreme Scream (1998)

20th Anniversary

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Michigan’s Adventure- Shivering Timbers (1998)

20th Anniversary

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Worlds of Fun- Mamba (1998)

20th Anniversary

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California’s Great America- Flight Deck (1993)

25th Anniversary

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Cedar Point- Snake River Falls (1993)

25th Anniversary

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Dorney Park- Cedar Creek Cannonball (1993)

25th Anniversary

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Dorney Park- White Water Landing (1993)

25th Anniversary

Kings Island- The Bat (1993)

25th Anniversary

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California’s Great America- Rip Roaring Rapids (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Kings Dominion- Avalanche (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Kings Island- Congo Falls (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Bigfoot Rapids (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Michigan’s Adventure- Wolverine Wildcat (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Michigan’s Adventure- Thunderbolt (1988)

30th Anniversary

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Kings Dominion- White Water Canyon (1983)

35th Anniversary

Kings Dominion White Water Canyon ©Nick Cox

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Michigan’s Adventure- Loggers Run (1983)

35th Anniversary

160721 Michigan's Adventure Logger's Run

Cedar Point- Gemini (1978)

40th Anniversary

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Knott’s Berry Farm- Montezooma’s Revenge (1978)

40th Anniversary

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Carowinds- Carolina Goldrusher (1973)

45th Anniversary

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Carowinds- Carolina Skytower (1973)

45th Anniversary

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Carowinds- Character Carousel/The Grand Carousel (1973/2018)

(Originally built in 1923)
45th Anniversary

170421 Carowinds Character Carousel

Carowinds- The Scrambler (1973)

45th Anniversary

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Worlds of Fun- Autobahn (1973)

45th Anniversary

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Worlds of Fun- Flying Dutchman (1973)

45th Anniversary

150522 Worlds of Fun Flying Dutchman

Worlds of Fun- Le Taxi Tour (1973)

45th Anniversary

Worlds of Fun- Worlds of Fun Railroad (1973)

45th Anniversary

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Worlds of Fun- Viking Voyager (1973)

45th Anniversary

150523 Worlds of Fun Viking Voyager

Cedar Point- Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad (1963)

55th Anniversary

170622 Cedar Point G. A. Boeckling Train Engine

Cedar Point- Cadillac Cars (1958)

60th Anniversary

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Dorney Park- Thunderhawk (1923)

95th Anniversary

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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

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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
Cinnabon
Panda Express
Starbucks
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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