Cedar Fair rolling out seasonal parade and festival at four parks

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in amusement parks, water parks and immersive entertainment, will present 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. This time limited event takes place at four parks this summer:

Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia and Kings Island in Mason, Ohio – June 15-July 7;

Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri – July 13-August 4; and

Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania – July 20-August 11.

Grand Carnivale will engage park guests in the energy, splendor and mystery of China, France, Germany, India and Italy with authentic food, signature beverages, music, dance and performances each evening. Festivities include the Spectacle of Color interactive parade featuring nine ornate floats, with costumed performers tossing an abundance of colorful bead strands to draw guests into the action.

Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman said, “With Grand Carnivale, Cedar Fair is demonstrating our commitment to offering our guests a truly unique experience. We’re delivering tremendous value by including this magnificent festival with park admission, further defining Grand Carnivale as the can’t-miss event of the summer for young adults and families alike.”

Grand Carnivale’s Spectacle of Color parade will feature custom-tailored floats by industry-leading scenic experience designer 3dx, An Iacono Company, as well as Kern Studios, the company that has crafted floats for the iconic Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans since 1947. “By tapping into the best creative minds in the business both within Cedar Fair and at our suppliers, we will deliver a broader entertainment experience that engages all five senses and creates lasting memories for our guests,” Zimmerman said.

Read the press release from Cedar Fair.

Since they are skipping Cedar Point and heading right to Dorney, I imagine it will only be 5 or so years before Michigan's Adventure gets the used festival. But knowing my luck, I'll wind up parking mid-Timbers and the parade will be over before I get through the 2-hour wait for Zach's Zoomer.

Bobbie1951's avatar

Oh man, you beat me to the punch in bringing up Michigan's Adventure.


It has to be pointed out that technically, Dorney IS getting another hand-me-down...

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LostKause's avatar

I postponed my family trip to Kings Island a few days ago when I heard about this. I was going to take my nephew and Mom in May, but changed it to June so we can see the parade. Sounds like fun.

That is took 4 replies to get to someone saying anything about the parades themselves (though it was positive) may not bode well for the benefit of the parades to the parks. Though its enthusiasts so maybe no reason to be concerned.

LostKause's avatar

She is excited for the parade. I am too, a little.

It is another event or attraction at the park to help friends and families make memories together. I agree that roller coaster enthusiasts on a roller coaster enthusiast discussion may not be as interested in a parade as 65-year-olds looking for something fun to do at the park.

Plus, the different foods sound interesting.

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ApolloAndy's avatar

If they're trying to be more Disney-like, I say go-for-it. I know I gush about Disney a lot, but there's so much that they do right that I wouldn't think I'd love, but I absolutely do. Parades and character meet & greets are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

kpjb's avatar

Disney parades are great... mostly because they get people out of my way in the queues. ;)


Sounds like a good way to fill the gap between major park additions... it'll be a great fit at the two Kings parks for sure.

ApolloAndy's avatar

This, in some ways, reminds me of the backwards Batman trains that toured the country a few years ago (whatever happened to those?). It’s a single investment that you can move around to give a bump to a bunch of different park with a lot of flexibility. Seems smart to me.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Just curious...

If this is happening at more than one park...how is it a "one of a kind" experience?

Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

It's marketing. It will be "one of a kind" to the 99.9999% of park visitors that don't go to more than one Cedar Fair park in a year.

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