This summer, Southern California’s theme-park titans will wage a nightly megawatt battle of the lights — all in hopes of winning your hearts and wallets.
On May 29, Knott’s Berry Farm will unveil “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” in an effort to fend off this summer’s most-anticipated theme park attraction: the “World of Color” water show coming to Disney’s California Adventure.
The Peanuts-themed lighted walkway will take over Knott’s Camp Snoopy area during the summer and fall, with all the trees and buildings trimmed with animated LED lights synchronized to music. Inflatable Peanuts characters will dot the lighted trail, which will operate every night that the Buena Park theme park is open after 8 p.m.
Knott’s officials promise “Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular” will be “more elaborate” than Cedar Point’s “Starlight Experience,” which made its debut last year at the Ohio amusement park. Worlds of Fun in Missouri will open a similar 2-million-light “Snoopy’s Hot Summer Lights” on June 4.
The walk-through experiences remind me of the “Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights,” the jaw-dropping winter holiday display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
The dark of night would seem a good time for Knott’s to strike — especially now that Disney has shipped the beloved Electrical Parade to Florida’s Magic Kingdom for an extended vacation.