Knott’s Berry Farm will say goodbye to 2022 with a special fireworks show and more live entertainment.
The park will be open from 9 a.m. from Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Along with the other offerings of Knott’s Merry Farm and a midnight fireworks show, live acts playing on Dec. 31 will include:
- Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies playing at the Wagon Camp stage
- Mic Dangerously and the Royal We at the Calico Mine Stage
- Jitterbug Pop Swing Band at Boardwalk Ballroom
- Comedian Chipper Lowell at the Bird Cage Theatre
- PianoMania Dueling Pianos at Boardwalk BBQ
The current single-day ticket price for Knott’s on Dec. 31 is $90 for adults and $70 for guests aged 3 to 11 or 62+.
2023 has changes in store for Knott’s. The park will unveil a revamped Fiesta Village section and an altered Montezooma’s Revenge roller coaster, along with improvements to the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. You can read Theme Park Tribune’s review of the current Knott’s hotel here.
NBCUniversal CEO: Epic Universe ‘right on track’ for summer 2025 opening
During the UBS Global TMT Conference, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell offered an update on the progress for Epic Universe, Universal Orlando’s third theme park.
“We’re right on track. Literally right on track,” he said, in regards to the park’s previously-announced summer 2025 opening timeframe.
“I was down there a couple of weeks ago and everything’s coming out of the ground,” Shell added. “So all the infrastructure is in, a lot of the steel is in, and now it’s just a question of building [it] out.”
The park will be located a few miles away from the current Universal Orlando Resort on land near the Orange County Convention Center. Shell referenced that proximity, saying “the park is built so that you can come into one land and not the whole park. Are we going to get nighttime convention business? Which is kind of an interesting experiment for us.”
It was previously rumored that Epic Universe’s central hub wouldn’t require a ticket, while entering individual lands would. However, little has been confirmed about the park besides being home to a version of Super Nintendo World.
Disney being sued for patent infringement over Genie+
Disney World and Disneyland’s ride reservation and theme park itinerary service, Genie+, is the basis of patent infringement lawsuit filed by a California company called Agile Journey LLC.
The Dec. 2 complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, alleges that Disney infringed on a patent first filed in 2002 describing a “personalized itinerary system for attraction visitors.” One of the co-holders of the patent, William Gibbens Redman, claims in the suit that he had exchanged emails with Disney about the technology.
The lawsuit does not ask for a specific amount of damages, only “past and future damages,” royalties, and attorney’s fees. Disney did not respond to a request for comment and it typically doesn’t make statements about pending litigation.