- Apr 5, 2011
An all-new festival joins our entertainment line-up this season with festive food, entertainment and even a parade!
It's been officially announced on their blog.
From the Coaster101 site, this event is being held at three additional Cedar Fair parks this summer. Based on the summer schedule below, Kings Dominion and Kings Island premier the event at the same time. Dorney park and Worlds of Fun hold the event 1-2 weeks after the event ends at KI and KD. My guess this that the props, floats, costumes, used in this event, are shipped to those parks to use next (KD's stuff goes to Dorney and KI's stuff goes to WOF).Interesting they mentioned 5 different foods available including France,Italy and Germany. No Brazil or other Latin american countries that are known for Carnival. The other 2 are China and India. Anyone think that's a shot at BGW? I know they are wanting to have unique food items but the choices seemed kind of like the 4 safest countries possible (with the exception of maybe Mexico) and we will put Germany in there just for kicks at BGW.
I am not sure why the CF did not choose at least one Latin American country for this event. As far as food prices go, just about ANY type of food would be cheaper outside of a theme park. 🙃Then that is a miss on corporate in my opinion. I'm sure I can get good Chinese and Italian outside of the park for cheaper. No Brazil seems just crazy to me. I want to try foods that I can't readily get.
Given that Carowinds just opened Copperhead and a refreshed area around it for 2019, I think this event is premiering in parks that either did not receive any attractions for 2019 (KD, WOF, Dorney) or those parks that got small scale attractions (KI - antique cars). Like Winterfest was new 3 years ago, the Carnivale event is new to the chain for 2019. Open it in a few parks and see how it is received/attended by the GP. If the public/CF like it, Carnivale could be expanded to other CF parks in 2020.I'm excited! I love parades. Although I am confused why this wouldn't be coming to Carowinds.
I think the chef at Carowinds has been at that park since CF started hiring chefs for each park in the chain 4-5 years ago. Plus, with Harmony Hall added at Carowinds, it has given the chef there a strong base to work from and create dishes, entrees, and menus. KD has struggled with hiring and keeping a chef long enough have good quality food events. I think the new KD management and new chef are working together better than during Chef Paul's time there. Too much management discord back a few years ago.Carowinds seems to have something really good going with Taste of the Carolinas. Taste of VA never seemed to take off like their event did.
When Paramount owned the parks, KD had a Nickelodeon themed parade for a couple seasons; that started between zapple and twisted; went along one side of CAG; made a u-turn at the far end of CAG (swings/dogem); came back down the other side of the CAG midway and ended at the same gate between zapple and twisted. If I remember correctly there were 4-5 Nick themed floats and walk-around characters. I think the roving band band was in it as well. The parade was only 10-15 minutes long.That was my second guess but I was concerned about guests seeing the floats just sitting behind the fence in plain view.