Snoopy turns 60

Posted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is a partial but unedited press release. -J]

Happiness is...

Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the lovable PEANUTS characters have brought smiles and laughter to people of all ages for decades. In fact, this summer the group will be celebrating their 60th anniversary. In honor of that historic milestone, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company's 11 amusement parks will host a variety of celebrations on Sunday, Aug. 8.

From family-friendly scavenger hunts and mask decorating to special events and giveaways, the Cedar Fair parks are preparing for a celebration like no other. Additionally, several parks will offer guests a discount on their admission ticket when they bring in a donation for animal-friendly charities and organizations.

"The PEANUTS characters have been a wonderful addition to our parks because they're loved by people of all ages," said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's chairman, president and CEO. "Children are just as excited to meet Snoopy as their parents are. It really makes a trip to one of our parks extra special for families."

Created in 1950 by Charles Schulz, PEANUTS has grown into one of the longest running and most popular comic strips of all time. Since their inception, the PEANUTS characters have been featured in videos, on television, and in their own comic books. PEANUTS-themed rides, shows, and even the characters themselves can be found at Cedar Fair parks across the country.

"Cedar Fair parks are a great destination for families to experience PEANUTS-themed entertainment," said Joshua Kislevitz, Senior Vice President, Domestic Licensing at PEANUTS Worldwide. "We're thrilled that all 11 amusement parks will join us in commemorating the 60th anniversary of Charles Schulz's beloved and iconic comic strip."

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:15 PM

I thought nobody cared/knew about Snoopy and the gang anymore.

How old is Spongebob again?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:38 PM

1. Nobody younger than Snoopy does.

2. Spongebob is 11. (and, in fairness, nobody older than that cares about him)

See how that works. :)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:40 PM

Wow, Snoops qualifies for membership in AARP.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:40 PM

Actually, I saw a young girl go gaga for watching Snoopy in line at Carowinds on Friday... ;)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:35 PM

My mom just turned 60........

Snoopy who?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:15 PM

Does anybody doubt that CF has this license because it's the cheapest thing they could find?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:30 PM

Although certainly less expensive, I doubt it's the cheapest out there. Otherwise CP patrons would be getting confused between Planet Garfield and Camp Garfield.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:34 PM

I bet Cabbage Patch Kids license is cheaper. And Smurfs. And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And My Little Pony....

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:46 PM

Can they get a discount for only using parts of several licenses? Who wouldn't want to see My Little Turtle?

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:50 PM

I wouldn't.

My little cabbage Mutant, OTOH...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:49 PM

The cheapest license is none at all.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:30 PM

Snoopy is 60? That would be, like what, 420 years old in human years. No wonder no one remembers who he is... and why he pees on the carpet.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:40 PM

Snoopy is totally forgotten in the UK.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 11:48 PM

Snoopy who?

Long live the Sponge!

I have totally been wondering all these years why no one has picked up Nintendo's characters for licensing in a theme park setting. That might be just as cheap as Snowbee, err-Smorepee, I mean SNOOPY!

I think Snoopy is like an, "If you build it, they will come" kind of thing. Kid's especially will latch onto whatever happy funny cartoon character is there.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 7:59 PM

Mamoosh said:
I bet Cabbage Patch Kids license is cheaper. And Smurfs. And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And My Little Pony....

Smurfs would be a great idea. With the smurf movie comming out, it could tie right in. But I think that the ex paramount parks used to have the smurfs. I hear a lot of people still talking about that.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 8:21 PM

Kings island had an awesome Smurf ride in the same location as Scooby/Boo Hill.

I mean, it was awesome!

The Smurf movie, so far from what I have seen, looks really, really bad. But things could change.

I loved that cartoon when I was a kid.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:29 PM

I bet the most expensive license is Calvin & Hobbes. It's priceless. ;)

But I guess that also makes it the cheapest...

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Friday, July 23, 2010 2:29 AM

To me, Smurfs will always be the little, blue, annoying vermin that killed Enchanted Voyage. ;)

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Friday, July 23, 2010 8:28 AM

Heh, they killed the Land of Dooz, too. No wait...that sucked even more.

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