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Carowinds: Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular & Military Tribute Highlight Memorial Day Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC, USA /PRNewswire/ — From soaking in the sun, a show to delight the senses, and special savings for members of US armed forces, Carowinds, the home of Intimidator®, the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in the Southeast has something for everyone for Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Carowinds kicks off its Memorial Day weekend festivities on Saturday night, May 28, with the debut of Snoopy’s Starlight Spectacular, a new nighttime walk-through light and sound experience featuring Snoopy and the PEANUTS™ gang. Using almost 60 miles of low-energy, high-efficiency LED light strands (627,482 lights to be exact), this immersive light and sound spectacular can be viewed from Country Fair through the entrance of Planet Snoopy.

This incredible new “green” show was created for Carowinds by world-renowned lighting designer Andrew Strain, the creator of award-winning light displays in California, New York and London. Strain says the experience he designed for the “thrill capital of the Southeast” is unparalleled to any other light show in the region.

“I was able to go crazy,” said Strain. “It’s a show for families, so I had a lot of freedom to use as much color and movement as I could, and I had a blast doing it. I created a light show the whole family can walk through and enjoy–something which adds to the overall park experience.”

The festivities continue May 29 & 30 as the park salutes the brave men and women of the armed forces. With a valid ID, Carowinds will offer free admission to any active and retired U.S. military personnel on the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend as a part of its Military Appreciation Days program.

Highlighting the day’s activities on Sunday, May 29, is the colorful “Celebrate America” fireworks show. Watch as the skies over Carowinds come alive with color during this special patriotic tribute at 10:00pm.

And finally, don’t forget your swimsuit as Memorial Day weekend marks the start of splash-tacular fun at Carowinds! Boomerang Bay™, the 20-acre Australian themed water park, included with the price of admission, opens for the season on Saturday, May 28. With two wave pools, a 1,000 foot long lazy river, 11 exhilarating water slides and three interactive family activity areas, Boomerang Bay™ has plenty of ways for guests to cool off or soak up the sun all summer long!

For more information on all of our Memorial Day activities, including pricing and hours for both Carowinds and Boomerang Bay™, please visit www.carowinds.com.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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