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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 Carowinds Winterfest Attractions

2017 Carowinds Winterfest Candy Canes

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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.)

Afterburn
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Carolina Skytower
Character Carousel
Charlie Brown’s Wind-Up
Do-Si-Do
Electro-Spin
Flying Ace Aerial Chase
Flying Ace Balloon Race
Peanuts Pirates
Ricochet
Ripcord
Rock ‘n’ Roller
Scrambler
Slingshot
Snoopy vs Red Baron
Snoopy’s Junction
Zephyr

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

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Carowinds Winterfest Food

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!

Blitzen’s Fixings (Celebration Plaza/Burrito Café)
Candy Cane Sugar Shack (Celebration Plaza)
County Fair Christmas Cakes (County Fair)
Dancer’s Shack (Planet Snoopy/Snack Shack)(Serving Oreo churro, fried cheesecake and banana foster bites, as well as gourmet mac & cheese)
Dasher’s Diner(County Fair/Wings)(Serving traditional menu items plus sliced turkey, spicy cranberry wings and specialty burgers)
Holiday Hall (Harmony Hall)(Serving traditional Christmas dinner staples like carved ham, smoked turkey, dressing, hearty soups and all the traditional trimmings and desserts)
Prancer’s Pizza (Celebration Plaza/Papa Luigi’s)
Sally’s Festive Funnel Cakes (Celebration Plaza/Funnel Cake Emporium)(Serving seasonal funnel cakes and fried Oreos!)
Spike’s Cheery Churros (Planet Snoopy/Joe Cool Kiosk)
Sugar Plum’s Fairy (County Fair/Fair Fries)(Serving fried pies and traditional Carowinds Fair Fries menu items)
Sugar’s Cake Factory (Planet Snoopy/South Gate Funnel Cake)(Serving seasonal funnel cakes and fried Twinkies!)
Tinker’s Dessert Hut(Celebration Plaza)(Serving cinnamon pull apart bread and holiday desserts)
Turkey Lurkey’s (Celebration Plaza/Intimidator Kiosk)(Serving jumbo turkey legs, roasted peanuts, 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, only 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.

Carowinds Winterfest Activities

2017 Carowinds Winterfest Snowflake Lake Construction

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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

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

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2017 Free Cedar Fair Ticket (Cedar Point, Kings Island, etc.) for Giving Blood

140716 Red Cross Blood Drive Cedar Point Ticket

Before we had season passes, one of our favorite programs to take part in was donating blood to the Red Cross and getting a free Cedar Point ticket (Note: we still donate blood even without the ticket benefit). So we are always happy when we see the program return each year because not only does your blood donation save countless lives, it gives everyone a chance to be able to visit the park.

Fact: Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

The process is quick and simple, and you are allowed to donate blood once every 60 days. So assuming you get in at the beginning of June, you can do so again in August (when maybe they will add additional free Cedar Fair ticket dates).

While the promotion is labeled as a free Cedar Fair ticket of choice, you need to verify with your donation center which tickets will be available. Each center will not have a pile of tickets from each of the parks. Most likely they will be regionalized, meaning Ohio and surrounding States will offer Cedar Point or Kings Island tickets, etc. Again confirm with your donation center when making a reservation.

So where can you donate blood in 2017 and get a free Cedar Fair ticket?

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Ohio offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:

June 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at iHeartMedia, 7461 South Ave., Boardman, 44512

June 7, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Geauga County Fairgrounds, School Building, 14373 N. Chesire St., Burton 44021

June 9, 2017 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ashtabula Towne Square, 3315 N. Ridge Road E, Ashtabula, 44004

June 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Massillon Recreation Center, 505 Erie St. N, Massillon, 44646

June 14, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren, 44483

June 20, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Road, Strongsville, 44136

June 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stephen Rung-Meno Memorial Blood Drive, 409 Armour Road, Avon Lake, 44012

June 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Castaway Bay, 2001 Cleveland Road, Sandusky, 44870

July 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fairview Recreation Center, 21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 44126

July 7, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Dr., Mayfield Village, 44143

July 12, 2017 from noon to 7 p.m. at Dave & Busters, 25735 First St., Westlake, 44145

July 18, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Heartland Community Church, 3400 Weymouth Road, Medina, 44256

July 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College, West Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma, 44130

July 25, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Independence Community Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence, 44131

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Indiana offering one free Cedar Fair theme park ticket:

6/15/2017 East Noble High School 1pm-7pm 901 S. Garden St. Kendallville, IN 46755
6/15/2017 Purdue University Northwest – Westville 10am – 4pm 1401 S. US 421 Westville, IN 46391
6/23/2017 Zion Lutheran Church 1pm-7pm 101 East North Street Columbia City, IN 46725
6/27/2017 Celina High School at St. John Lutheran Church 12pm-6pm 1100 N. Main Street Celina, OH 45822
6/29/2017 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 12pm-6pm 10700 Aboite Center Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46804
6/30/2017 Madison Park Church of God 2pm-8pm 6607 Providence Dr. Anderson, IN 46013
7/6/2017 Faith United Methodist Church 12pm-6pm 22045 CR18 Goshen, IN 46528
7/8/2017 Three Rivers Festival 12pm-4pm SCU on Barr Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
7/11/2017 Logansport High School 1pm-6pm 1 Berry Lane Logansport, IN 46947
7/12/2017 University of Notre Dame at LaFortune Student Center 11am-5pm 315 LaFortune Student Center South Bend, IN 46556
7/12/2017 Scout Park Conference Center 1pm-7pm 2300 Meyer Road Fort Wayne, IN 46803
7/19/2017 Elida High School/Community 12pm-6pm 401 East North St. Elida, OH 45807
7/19/2017 Chapel Hill Church 12pm-6pm 2600 W. Alto Rd. Kokomo, IN 46901
7/20/2017 Purdue University Northwest – Hammond at Student Union Library 10am-3pm 2200 169th Street Hammond, IN 46323
7/21/2017 Huntington Church of the Nazarene 1:30pm- 7:30pm 1555 Flaxmill Rd. Huntington, IN 46750
7/24/2017 Mitchell High School at Mitchell Church of Christ 12pm-6pm 1004 Main Street Mitchell, IN 47446
7/26/2017 Sonlight Church 11am-5pm 455 N. Gerald Lett Avenue Angola, IN 46703
7/29/2017 Fishers YMCA 11am- 4pm 9012 East 126th St. Fishers, IN 46038
8/8/2017 Irsay Family YMCA 10am – 4pm 430 S. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46225

You must register with the Red Cross prior to your arrival to ensure you get a free ticket. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

The Red Cross is also giving away a paid trip to either Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm for those that like to enter contests. You will also see a link to purchase discounted tickets.

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