Theme Park Celebration Competes With Latest Disney Parks Event

It seems every theme park wants in on the magic of the Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration, even if that means a little friendly competition.

Kicking off at the Disneyland Resort on January 27, 2023, the anniversary festivities marking a century of Walt Disney’s storytelling legacy through the Walt Disney Studios and other divisions of the Walt Disney Company will then move to Disney Parks worldwide. Coincidentally, the 27 is also the opening date for The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Citywalk Hollywood, with a new event from one of Disney’s closest neighbors the very next day.

Disney 100

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Begun in 1923 as a humble berry stand on the Knott family farm, after realizing the success of his wife’s preserves, chicken dinners, and his roadside attractions, Walter Knott began opening what today is the Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. In fact, The Knotts became quite close with the Disney family, with Walt (Disney) presenting his initial idea for Disneyland to shareholders from Mrs. Knott’s Kitchen at the Park.

Moreover, the Knott couple even attended exclusive opening day festivities for Disneyland Park in 1955. Indeed, it seems the legacies of these two theme parks are complexly intertwined, with Knott’s also celebrating a century of fun for the whole family this year.

The History of Knott's Berry Farm

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Could this be why its annual Seasons of Fun will introduce this year’s Peanuts Celebration, dedicated to Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters from his classic comic strip and its ensuing global franchise, the day after Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder debuts? As described on the Knott’s website, this “unique family event” will allow Guests to “step inside the pages of a Charles M. Schulz comic strip as the PEANUTS characters take over the entire Park.”

For instance, entertainment offerings during the celebration include Snoopy’s Legendary Rooftop Concert, Charlie Brown’s Trivia Challenge, To the Moon: Snoopy Soars With NASA, Pigpen’s Pig Pen, Peanuts Cowboy Jamboree, and the It’s Your Life, Charlie Brown game show at locations such as Camp Snoopy, Calico Ghost Town’s Bird Cage Theatre, and the Boardwalk BBQ. This IP might potentially compete with Disneyland’s Wondrous Journeys fireworks, World of Color – One, and Magic Happens Parade.

Knott's Berry Farm on Twitter: "For the first time ever, you can meet PigPen at #KnottsBerryFarm! Meet PigPen and his new animal friends in the Livery Stable during Knott's Peanuts Celebration, weekends

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Plus, Knott’s Berry Farm shared a sneak peek of the new dining options coming to the Park for a limited time that would entice even the most loyal of Disney Foodies:

Even better, daily admission prices begin at just $59.99 per Guest, in stark contrast to that of the neighboring Disneyland Resort in California, whose cheapest advertised admission is almost twice as high. However, perhaps rather than trying to steal customers from one another, all three Southern California theme parks are hoping to capitalize on the influx of Guests due to the Disney100 celebration, Mickey’s Toontown reveals, Peanuts Celebration, and opening of Super Nintendo World within the next two months.

For us, it just means even more fun to enjoy, so what’s not to love? Click here for more information about visiting the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration from January 28 – February 26, 2023.

About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.