Posted Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company today reported that it has reached an agreement with United Media to bring the PEANUTS characters to five more of its parks for next summer. Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Kings Dominion, in Doswell, Va.; Carowinds in Charlotte, NC; Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio; and California’s Great America will welcome the lovable PEANUTS characters to their parks in 2010.
Read the press release from Cedar Fair.
Bye Bye SpongeBob!
So it's official...
Creative decision, or did Nick just want too much $$$ for the license?
CF already had the Peanuts characters at CP. It was just a matter of a little wheeling & dealing to see if they could expand the agreement.
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Anyone who's been to Knotts can attest that Camp Snoopy is hugely popular. Anytime one of the characters goes walking thru they're mobbed by kids.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
^^^ Yes, that's true. Sometimes there are so many kids around the characters that you can barely walk through the immediate area. On some light crowd days it seems like there are more people surrounding the Peanuts characters than in the rest of the park combined.
My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437
It's just a personal preference, but if they are going to move Snoopy into all of them, I hope they use Camp Snoopy for some and not Planet Snoopy for all (it's all I've seen so far). It just seems to fit better for me.
( :( )
I saw it coming, and had plenty of time to let it sink in, but this still sucks.
Someone needs a hug :)Last edited by Mamoosh, Thursday, September 3, 2009 8:28 PM
Moosh, you got a stake in the Schultz estate? ;) LOL
I know the characters may have some popularity in the parks still, but how much exposure do kids really get to the Peanuts anymore? I think losing the Nickelodeon license is a really bad thing.
Moosh is probably the only person here that I would trust enough to give me a hug. :)
(and sexy enough. ;) )
Aww sad day... Am I not sexy or trustworthy?
I have kept quiet about these announcements for a while. I think that Cedar Fair has made many smart moves this year. Not the least of which is the turn from Nickelodeon to Snoopy, and I love Nickelodeon.
I figured it would have gone the other way but I assume Nick wanted more than what it's worth for the license. Nick has gone from having a large share of the market to having Universal and one maybe?
A lot of people have talked (complained) that there needs to be consistency across the chain, including the former Paramount parks. So then why expect CF to manage two licensing agreements to market two separate sets of characters in the parks. And you know it would be prohibitively expensive to change all the current Peanuts parks over to Nick.
I'd add something, but you can already read my list of a 1001 reasons why I think this is a bad move in this thread.
Cool. Since Gonch decided to link to it, you can also read my 1,002 reasons why I think this is an ok move. :)
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
Gonch would support it if they added Snoopy themed Q-Bots to the parks.
Not jumping in on Q-bot (or VQ of some kind) is the biggest oversight that CF is currently making.
The mistake of dropping Nick is mere peanuts (pun intended) compared to the mistake of not having Q-bot in their biggest parks years ago.
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