We caught the Snoopy ice show at Knott's on the passholder preview day. It was a fun summer show. We've only seen the Snoopy holiday ice show in the past -- this one is more sexy (but still okay for kids) and not as unified in theme. Still, the sets, music, and skating are all top-notch.
Even more fun at Knott's was Boomtown, their Old West version of cirque acrobats, new this summer. A 20 to 30 minute version of a Cirque du Soleil show with gags, a loose story, and impressive acrobatics. Not for people who hate cirque shows, but a nice condensed version themed to its Ghost Town location.
I quite enjoyed the "Mickey and the Magical Map" show. The musical numbers were very good, but the story portion featuring Mickey Mouse is rather tedious. The painting of the "dot" became the main trust of the story. There was nothing magical about this storyline. Nonetheless, when I saw it, there was a technical glitch that delayed the show for 5 minutes.
Aladdin is still the best theme park show. Knott's ice skating show is the second best. Sea World's cirque show is good, but I prefer the dolphin show as the best show at Sea World San Diego. The Samu evening show with fireworks is better than the daytime show.
The bugs didn't seem worked out in early June, though. I saw it three times over the course of about a week, and the first time the show took a ten-minute delay when a prop was not in place on stage for Mickey--it seemed like the production was figuring out the right place to synch the audio and video around the point where the show had stopped.
The third time I saw the show, the screen had been showing a weird computer message off and on during the show. With about ten minutes remaining, the production came to a stop. After the audience waited for 5 or 10 minutes, the P.A. came back on and said the rest of the show had been cancelled.