Southern California theme parks set for summer

The Fresno BeeMay 15, 2014 

Theme parks in Southern California are preparing for the summer season with updated attractions and big events.

Knott's Berry Farm: To mark 30 years of Camp Snoopy, the Grand Sierra Railroad has been given an update. The railroad will chug through new wilderness scenes featuring many of the Peanuts gang on a camping trip in the High Sierra. Six new scenes and more than a dozen Peanuts characters have been added to this classic Camp Snoopy attraction, narrated by Linus Van Pelt.

When it comes to eating, Knott's Berry Farm is offering two new dining options: the All Day Dining Plan and Single Meal Deals. The All Day Dining Plan, at a cost of $29.99, allows park guests to eat every 90 minutes at any of the six participating dining locations throughout the park. Single Meal Deals, available for $13.99, are pre-purchased vouchers redeemable for a variety of combo meals.

The Calico Mine Ride will reopen on June 14 after a refurbishment that began in early January and includes dozens of new animatronic figures, state-of-the art lighting, audio and all-new special effects.

Knott's Soak City: The 13-acre water park inspired by beach and surf towns of the 1950s that's located next to Knott's Berry Farm will be open through Sept. 14.

Among the wet and wild attractions is "Pacific Spin," the multi-person raft that carries 700 passengers per hour at a maximum speed of 35 feet per second. It includes a 132-foot-long tunnel that drops its riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel.

New this year is that season passholders can start their day off with a complimentary yoga class on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Disneyland: The Disneyland Resort will kick off the summer season with a 24-hour operation of both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. Keep in mind that only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available during the wee hours of "Rock Your Disney Side: 24 Hours."

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