Okay, theme park gurus, I need your help. An online friend is in Southern California right now visiting theme parks. We have plans to meet up on Saturday at Knott's Berry Farm for the current Peanuts Celebration promotion, which takes place only on weekends.
Saturday is forecast for a major storm moving through L.A. and Orange counties, with heavy rain, winds, and possibly thunderstorms expected.
Will Knott's open on Saturday? According to my previous question about how theme parks make their decision to close or not, people said it was a purely economic decision. If so, do they expect enough people to show up despite heavy rain to justify their operating costs?
A couple of notes: 1) All park closures at Knott's in recent memory have been on off-season weekdays. 2) On days with steady rain, most rides at Knott's, especially the outdoor roller coasters and thrill rides, do not operate. 3) Most of the events for Peanuts Celebration are outdoors-- my guess is that these would be cancelled if the rain is heavy enough. 4) The next day, Sunday, has been announced as Charlie Brown Day, and I would expect big crowds that day (and the forecast is considerably better for Sunday).
My friend is coming with his wife and grade school daughter, and they were planning to enjoy the Peanuts festivities and family rides. I am thinking he may change his plans Saturday morning if it's pouring rain, regardless of what Knott's decides to do.Tweet
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