Countdown the final hours of the year with
a spectacular firework display and a night full of fun!
he countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm with special fireworks, live entertainment, and special extended hours for the one-night event. Guests have a chance to say goodbye to the final moments of 2023 at Knott’s as the park celebrates with memorable festivities including Merry Farm seasonal performances throughout the day on December 31st. The enchanting Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration gives guests front row seats to the final event of the year as the park rings in 2024 with a park wide-party unlike any other and everyone is invited.
The New Year’s celebration features entertaining activities for the whole family including a family-friendly comedian, live bands, swing dancing and more. Guests are invited to count down the final moments of 2023 with festive music, party hats and noisemakers making this night extra special. The spectacular firework celebration sets the skies above Knott’s ablaze at the stroke of midnight as colorful fireworks light the start of the New Year. The nighttime extravaganza offers a stress-free night perfect for family and friends to come together and create new memories by starting a new tradition by celebrating New Year’s Eve at Knott’s.
This year’s line-up of can’t miss entertainment are:
Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Park hours on New Year’s Eve are 9am to 1am.
Knott’s Berry Farm - 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
A 2024 Knott’s Season Pass is a great way to visit on New Year’s Eve. A new 2024 Season Pass includes unlimited visits in 2023 and 2024 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2024 to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2024 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.
For more information visit knotts.com
RIDE ENTERTAINMENT’S OPERATIONS DIVISION
PARTNERS WITH ICONIC NEW YORK CITY SKYSCRAPER
The Beam at Top of the Rock, allows riders to experience and recreate iconic
photograph “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” taken during the building’s construction.
NEW YORK CITY – Ride Entertainment is proud to announce a new partnership with 30 Rockefeller
Center as the operators behind Top of the Rock’s newest attraction, The Beam.
“It is a true honor to steward such a groundbreaking attraction atop a historical and iconic New
York City landmark,” said Eli Paraoan, President of Operations with Ride Entertainment. “It has been
a pleasure working with the team at Top of the Rock and I look forward to growing our partnership
for many years to come.”
Located on the 69th floor, two beams secure up to seven guests at a time before rising
approximately 12 feet and rotating 180 degrees, giving unparalleled views of the New York City
skyline from the most unique of vantage points. Guests also receive a souvenir photo, mimicking
the iconic “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” taken back in 1932.
Operating and maintaining historical attractions aligns with Ride Entertainment’s other New York-
based attractions, including the operation of Forest Park Carousel (a National Historic Landmark)
and the SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery – a one-of-a-kind carousel in lower Manhattan. With the
addition of its operation of The Beam, Ride Entertainment now operates attractions at seven
different locations throughout the New York City area.
About Ride Entertainment:
For over 20 years, Ride Entertainment has been the global leader for innovation and customer
satisfaction in the attractions industry. Founded as a sales company focused on bringing the best
thrill rides in the world under one roof, the company has expanded to serve every sector of the
industry: sales, service, and operations. Visit RideEntertainment.com to learn more.
Aquatica Orlando Prepares to Take Guests to the Depths of the Sea with What Will Be Florida’s Most Immersive Waterslide-Tassie's Underwater Twist, Coming Spring 2024
ORLANDO, FL., (December 7, 2023) – Voted Best Water Park in America for four straight years by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice, Aquatica Orlando is getting ready to welcome guests to an underwater adventure like no other! The park is thrilled to announce its newest addition coming in the Spring of 2024, Tassie's Underwater Twist, an all-new immersive waterslide that will transform the guest ride experience into an awe-inspiring journey through Australia's Shark Bay seagrass meadow.
An immersive waterslide experience like no other, Tassie's Underwater Twist will transport guests to the depths of the ocean, where they'll glide through a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life. Manufactured by WhiteWater West Industries, the enhanced slide measures 129 feet in length and features a super-bowl element enjoyed by riders on a two-person innertube. As the rider reaches the unique bowl of the slide they’ll begin to circle around the basin and find themselves surrounded by lush seagrass meadows, schools of colorful fish, and even the occasional shark. To enhance the immersive experience, Tassie's Underwater Twist will feature a synchronized video display and a captivating orchestral score. The video projections will bring the underwater world to life, while the music will evoke a sense of wonder and excitement. In addition to being an exhilarating waterslide ride, Tassie's Underwater Twist will also provide an educational perspective for guests. Visual components along the path of the ride will enlighten visitors about the importance of seagrass meadows and the marine life that depends on them.
“Tassie's Underwater Twist is set to redefine the thrill of aquatic adventures at Aquatica Orlando”, said Brad Gilmour, president of Aquatica Orlando. “As we eagerly anticipate the grand opening next Spring 2024, this immersive attraction promises a whirlwind of wonder and adrenaline-pumping twists. We've crafted an experience that will not only delight slide enthusiasts, but also create lasting memories for families and friends. With Tassie's Underwater Twist, we invite guests to dive into an underwater world of wonder, where fun and excitement meet curiosity and education.”
Be Among the First to Slide into the Fun on “Tassie’s Underwater Twist” with an Aquatica Annual Pass
Guests can experience the best of Aquatica Orlando with a 2024 annual pass including the opportunity to be among the first to experience “Tassie’s Underwater Twist” before it opens to the public. 2024 annual passes are on sale now and start at $13.25 per month with no down payment. Pass Members enjoy unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, monthly rewards, exclusive VIP events and more at Aquatica Orlando. Starting as low as $13.25/month, Annual Passes are packed with benefits designed to make the park even more enjoyable all year long.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.aquaticaorlando.com . Follow Aquatica Orlando on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news from Aquatica.
A vibrant aquatic landscape, splashed with South Seas spirit and dotted with towering, colorful slides, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind water park, voted the #1 water park in the country by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Poll, is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 50 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica isn’t all about dashing and splashing though. This lush, laid-back playground is perfect for going with the flow. Wade into lazy rivers and wave pools without waiting in line and watch cares float away. Or grab a cozy lounge chair on one of Orlando’s loveliest beaches and sip a refreshing cocktail. Two large play areas just for kids make Aquatica the perfect spot for family fun. Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures.
A Christmas Wish Fireworks Show returns with heartwarming Christmas wishes told during a pyrotechnics display of festive colors
Starting Saturday, December 9, A Christmas Wish Fireworks Show will return and light up the sky above SeaWorld San Diego every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this month. As of December 22, the spectacular fireworks will be daily through December 31. Guests will love hearing heartwarming Christmas wishes told during this brilliant pyrotechnics display, as the show begins 10 minutes prior to park close for guests to view and enjoy the festive colors. This iconic show is the perfect way to end a special day at SeaWorld and create a treasured memory for the whole family. Special fireworks displays will be held on December 9 to kick off the Mission Bay Boat Parade at 5:30 p.m., and December 31 to celebrate New Year’s Eve at 9:00 p.m.
Guests who visit the park on select dates through January 7 can celebrate festive cheer and special traditions during Christmas Celebration. Nominated for 2024 Best Theme Park Holiday Event by USAToday 10Best, guests can explore the magic and wonder of SeaWorld’s beautifully decorated outdoor park grounds and the iconic SkyTower Tree of Lights, San Diego’s biggest Christmas tree. Plus, enjoy a 30 ft. Christmas tree with twinkling lights and Christmas songs programmed to the movement of multiple lighting designs. Event offerings include the All-New O.P Otter’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Parade, live reindeer, a daily tree lighting of a twinkling 30-foot Christmas tree, and more. A Hanukkah display celebrates the Jewish holiday where guests can enjoy a menorah lighting, holiday décor, and Hanukkah music.
For a limited time, guests can save up to $45 on tickets during the Holiday Sale and experience the magic of fireworks and SeaWorld’s Christmas celebration. Or guests can visit all year long and save with 2024 Annual Passes for as low as $13.50 per month, and 2024 Fun Cards for $99. Annual Pass Members receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to six free guest tickets, and special savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more.
For more information on SeaWorld and to purchase Annual Passes and Fun Cards visit SeaWorldSanDiego.com.
Fireworks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 22 and will then be daily from December 22 through December 31.
SeaWorld is a leading marine life theme park and accredited zoo and aquarium that provides experiences that matter while educating and inspiring guests of all ages to care about marine life. Welcoming millions of guests every year, the parks offer fun and enriching experiences from up-close animal encounters and year-round educational programs to award-winning marine-life themed rides and attractions, special events and exciting entertainment. For more than 60 years SeaWorld has advanced the conservation of marine life in and outside its parks through science, education, and exceptional animal care that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world, helping more than 40,000 animals to date. The SeaWorld Conservation Fund, a non-profit foundation established in 2003, has provided more than $20 million to nearly 1,400 organizations to advance critical research on every continent. A portion of park proceeds goes toward supporting these longstanding conservation commitments. SeaWorld parks are in Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). SeaWorld is part of the SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) portfolio of theme park brands. For more information, visit us at SeaWorld.com.
HALLMARK CHANNEL STARS BRENNAN ELLIOTT, BARBARA NIVEN, AND ASHLEY WILLIAMS LIGHT THE LEGO CHRISTMAS TREE AT LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT!
Ronald McDonald House Charities Receives $50,000 on Williams, Elliott and Niven’s Behalf From the Family Theme Park!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2023) – Fireworks filled the sky and snow flurried onto the crowd as Hallmark stars Brennan Elliott, Barbara Niven, and Ashley Williams helped LEGO® Santa pull the switch to light the family theme parks brand-new three-story-tall LEGO® Christmas tree during the 21st annual tree lighting ceremony officially kicking off Holidays at LEGOLAND® California Resort.
At the ceremony, 9-year-old Amor Bastidas, who’s younger brother is being treated for a brain tumor at Rady Children’s Hospital, helped accept a $50,000 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities on behalf of Elliott, Niven, and Williams from LEGOLAND California. Bastidas and her family stay at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House when they travel from Imperial Valley to San Diego for her brother’s treatments. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides “a home away from home” to families who have a critically ill or injured child in a nearby local hospital and keeps them close to one another during a medical crisis. Bastidas enjoyed the Park’s festive holiday décor with her family before heading to LEGOLAND California’s newly unveiled 35-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree created from more than 364,481 LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, for the evening’s festivities.
Prior to pulling the switch that turned on 40 LEGO® candles and more than 500 LED lights, Elliott, Niven, Williams, and Bastidas were presented a special LEGO® dinosaur ornament as an invitation to return when the Park unveils its new land, Dino Valley, that is planned to open in spring of 2024. Guests were treated to a first look of the Park’s new LEGO® World Parade launching next summer and a special look at Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas movies, including Elliott and Niven’s new original Miracles of Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, “Ms. Christmas Comes to Town.”
Elliott (“UnREAL”) and Niven (“One Life to Live”) are both known for their roles on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ popular film franchise, “Crossword Mysteries” as well as their numerous starring roles in Hallmark’s beloved movies during the holiday season and year-round. Williams is best known for her starring role on “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and her role as Victoria in the hit series, “How I Met Your Mother.” Williams has starred in more than 11 Hallmark original movies including the most recent Hallmark Channel premiere, “Notes of Autumn.”
The annual tree lighting ceremony is part of the Park’s winter celebration, Holidays at LEGOLAND California Resort. Guests can feel the LEGO cheer on select dates now through Jan. 7 with elaborate décor, twinkling lights, holiday treats, falling snow and live entertainment. Plus, NEW this year, fireworks will light the sky every Saturday in December and on select evenings leading up to San Diego’s biggest Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Throughout the event, guests can take Christmas card photos in front of the larger-than-life LEGO wreath, sing and dance along at the Jingle Jamboree and meet and greet with new LEGO® characters, LEGO Snowman and LEGO Reindeer. All Holidays activities are included with regular Park admission.
LEGOLAND California’s 2023 operating calendar can be found here. For more information about LEGOLAND California, visit our website or follow us on Facebook. To book a Vacation Package at LEGOLAND Hotel, visit our Vacation Packages page. Guests can also purchase single-day tickets or annual passes with or without a hotel stay.
About LEGOLAND®California Resort
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND® California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® Ferrari Build & Race and The LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD based on the blockbuster films The LEGO ® Movie™ and The LEGO® Movie™ 2: The Second Part. The new land fully immerses guests into the LEGO® Movie universe and places them onto the streets of Bricksburg. LEGOLAND® Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River plus Pirate Reef and LEGO® Legends of CHIMA Water Park comprising 10 acres of water fun! The nation’s first LEGOLAND® Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, kingdom, LEGO® Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO™! North America’s first LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel features 250 rooms, fully themed as Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. LEGOLAND California is a Certified Autism Center, credited by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
About Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates more than 140 attractions, 24 hotels and six holiday villages in 24 countries and across four continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its millions of guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its employees.
See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews.