No way this is related. Like @mtorange
said, this event debuted at CF’s Ohio parks two years ago. Even if that weren’t the case, rebranding a minor special event that’ll take place 9 months from now would make no sense for an acquisition deal that hasn’t even been made.
I agree with this. I highly doubt that the Peanuts characters will be leaving Doswell anytime soon. It’s pretty normal for the kids’ event to get a rebrand after about 5 years or so, as the event was called Planet Spooky before it became Great Pumpkin Fest.
With that being said, I do wonder if the event announcement is correlated with the current deal negotiations in any way. While probably unlikely, there’s a small chance that they announced the event lineup for these two Cedar Fair parks because both have been getting a lot of attention in the past 5 years or so, and they want to assure shareholders that they’re in good hands not being bought out by Seaworld. But who knows for sure? Hopefully we’ll have more information next Wednesday during the earnings call.
Not to mention, this event offers much more than the Great Pumpkin Fest ever did. GPF was geared towards smaller kids, but there seems to be something for everyone in this event. It also has a similar feel to Taste of the Season with the return of the Bean Challenge and the tasting cards. Costume contests and interactive experiences are also mentioned, which GPF did not have that much of. All in all, this event feels like a significant upgrade to an aging kids event.
Also something of note: Carowinds is also getting this event. As of now I haven’t been able to find any other parks that have announced it other than Cedar Point and Kings Island, who again had this event in 2020 and 2021.
Does anyone else feel like Cedar Fair is trying to slowly push this park into some of its top-tier destinations?