It’s been an exciting year at Walt Disney World with so many changes and updates coming to the parks and resorts. There’s still so much to look forward to this fall with festivals, celebrations and new attractions everywhere you look.
It can be hard to keep everything straight, so here’s what you should be looking forward to this autumn at Disney.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
This past Friday, August 16, Magic Kingdom kicked off autumn with a “Boo!” at the opening night of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Guests can purchase tickets for the after-hours party that runs from 7 p.m. until midnight on select nights through November 1. If you have a ticket to the party you can arrive as early as 4, though, so you can really maximize your time in the park.
There are a few new and exciting changes to this year’s party. Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular is replacing Hallowishes as the firework show and features Jack Skellington as the host. He narrates a story about Mickey, Minnie and friends on a trick-or-treat adventure where anything can happen on Halloween night. You’ll enjoy plenty of fireworks and stunning projections on the castle to help illustrate the story. The best views are closest to the castle so you can see the characters acting out the story. The show takes place at 10:15 p.m. at Cinderella’s Castle.
OCEAN CITY, MD
An incident on a roller coaster at Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland, sent four children and one adult to the hospital Friday night.
“Officers learned that one of the roller coaster cars failed to stop as it was pulling into the loading area and struck the rear of another car that was loaded with passengers,” Ocean City Police Department Deputy Communications Manager Ashley Miller told the Salisbury Daily Times in a statement.
The children and one adult in the car that was struck were transported to Atlantic General Hospital for “precautionary reasons,” according to the outlet.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
An original flume from Kennywood’s bygone Log Jammer ride that was put up for auction earlier this month was sold for $11,100 Friday morning, according to the eBay listing.
The winning bid was placed at 10:32 a.m., 14 minutes before the listing closed. Since the auction opened on Aug. 6, 53 bids were placed on the faux-wood boat, by 23 different bidders.
The auction is benefiting Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit Florida resort that hosts families with children with life-threatening illnesses. Kennywood is also hosting a special event on Sept. 1, where the park will open early and grant exclusive ride access to anyone who raises at least $100 for Give Kids the World.
Valleyfair, "where families come to play the Minnesota way," announces for its 2020 season the coming of Grand Carnivale, a one-of-a-kind immersive evening spectacular featuring a high-spirited parade and nightly street party; the richly-themed event will spotlight a kaleidoscope of cultures with food, drink and live entertainment from around the world.
"We are excited to produce this new immersive event on a scale that Valleyfair guests have never seen before," said Raul Rehnborg, Valleyfair's general manager. "Grand Carnivale will be an incredible and unique experience guests will want to share with family and friends."
Grand Carnivale is Valleyfair's largest-ever event and entertainment line-up that features 150 costumed performers and seven massive, Marti Gras-inspired multicolor floats. The 23-day event kicks off with the Spectacle of Color Parade along the midway, followed by a Carnivale Street Party including an interactive dance party and family-friendly activities.
BUENA PARK, CA
Knott’s Berry Farm will celebrate 100 years of history with a summer-long Knott’s Family Reunion in 2020 that pays tribute to the legacy of the theme park’s founding family.
The Knott’s Family Reunion will feature anniversary decor, live entertainment and themed food and merchandise at the Buena Park theme park.
Knott’s 100th Anniversary, which pays homage to the nostalgia that surrounds the historic theme park, is billed as the biggest celebration the park has ever hosted.
“The Knott family vision and values led to the birth of Knott’s Berry Farm and through this milestone celebration, it is our opportunity to honor the last 100 years of remarkable memories that have shaped our history,” Knott’s general manager Jon Storbeck said in a statement.
“The 100th-anniversary celebration embraces the farm’s rich history and signifies the importance of the Knott family’s commitment to building a place for generations of guests to create lifelong memories.”
MUSKEGON, MI, August 15, 2019 — Michigan’s Adventure will debut its new Peanuts® themed
kids’ area, Camp Snoopy, for Spring of 2020. Camp Snoopy will feature five family rides, including
a family-friendly roller coaster and beautiful natural landscaping with plenty of shaded seating and
pathways that offer something to explore around every corner.
For 2020, Camp Snoopy adds five new rides aimed to please families with kids from toddlers to
Woodstock Express: Little thrill seekers can join parents and grandparents on this family
roller coaster with plenty of ups and downs, just like the flight of Snoopy’s best bird buddy.
Beagle Scout Lookout: Adventurers board a version of a colorful hot air balloon and float
high in the sky.
Mud Buggies: Kids climb aboard their very own all-terrain vehicle for a bouncy ride.
Camp Bus: This fun family ride takes passengers soaring up and down and all around on a
wacky bus with Snoopy in the driver’s seat.
Trail Blazers: Riders buckle in and zoom around a track, like an off-road expedition.
In addition, the new Beagle Scout Acres features a large climb-and-play structure with lots of
interactive features and things to climb.
“The significant expansion and imaginative theming of our children’s attractions reinforces
Michigan’s Adventure as one of the region’s top destinations for families,” said Camille Jourden-
Mark, Vice President and General Manager at Michigan’s Adventure. “The new Camp Snoopy joins
attractions such as the award-winning Shivering Timbers roller coaster and WildWater Adventure
water park in providing our guests with unique opportunities for creating family memories for
generations to come.”
Season passes for the 2020 season are currently on sale at the lowest price of the season. Guests
purchasing a 2020 season pass will receive unlimited visits during the 2019 season. Michigan’s
Adventure opens for the 2020 season in May. For more details visit www.miadventure.com.
From this Friday, the Staffordshire-based attraction will celebrate 25 years of Europe’s first inverted coaster with a reduced entry of £25 and free limited edition digital ride photo for those who bring along a physical copy of an existing official ride photo of them enjoying one of the park’s coasters.
The theme park has also unveiled that it will be keeping the ride open until 7pm each day during the event, an additional hour after normal closing time, for the silver anniversary.
Guests will also get the opportunity to meet rollercoaster creator John Wardley, the brains behind Nemesis, throughout the day in special meet and greet opportunities.
A big announcement coming from America’s oldest amusement park is set for Monday.
Lake Compounce in Bristol says they have big plans in the works for their 2020 season. The park has been teasing what it could possibly be on social media.
They posted a photo of what looks like Venus fly traps with the caption, “Consuming everything in its path #ItsATtrap.”
Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) has steadily increased prices at its U.S. theme parks. That's led to revenue increases, but overall attendance has dropped. That drop may be intentional: Pricing is a lever Disney can use to control crowds, delivering a better experience for those who can afford it while maximizing revenue for the company.
Still, while Disney may use pricing to keep crowds manageable, it probably doesn't want attendance to drop. And that's what happened in the third quarter when attendance at domestic theme parks fell by 3% (though overall spending increased by 10% due to higher admissions and increased food, beverage, and merchandise spending).