Kings Island in Mason, Ohio will have a new hotel option nearby for its guests in the 2021 season.

The $27 million resort, called Kings Island Camp Cedar, will feature space for 164 RVs along with 73 cottages on 52 acres less than a mile from the park’s front gates. The resort will also feature multiple restaurants and pools, as well as appearances from Peanuts characters, including a character breakfast.

“We are excited to offer our guests a unique lodging experience and a contemporary outdoor retreat so close to Kings Island,” Mike Koontz, vice president and general manager of Kings Island, said in a statement. “The addition of Kings Island Camp Cedar luxury outdoor resort will make a visit to our park even more memorable.”

Camp Cedar cottage

Cottage at Camp Cedar (Kings Island)

Cedar Fair, Kings Island’s parent company, will manage the property. It will be owned by two real estate development companies, Small Brothers, LLC and Terra Firma Associates.

It’s not the first time that Kings Island has offered on-site lodging options. The 45-acre Kings Island Campground closed in 2004, while the 300-room Kings Island Resort, built in 1972 by the park’s original owners Taft Broadcasting, was sold off in 1990s and closed permanently in 2014.  

Knott’s Berry Farm opens Ghost Town shops during Taste of Merry Farm closure

California’s new stay-at-home order forced Knott’s Berry Farm to cancel weeks of its sold-out food festival event, but it’s not shuttering entirely.

In lieu of Taste of Merry Farm, Knott’s is opening shops in its Ghost Town section as Christmas Crafts Village. Admission will be free — with limited capacity — and inside, guests can buy wares from 10 Ghost Town stores and dozens of local craftspeople. 

On-site dining will not be allowed, per the stay-at-home order. Any food or drink purchased at Knott’s will have to be consumed off site. The Christmas Crafts Village will only be available for the next two weekends: Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. 

Disney World not offering special New Year’s Eve events this year

You won’t be able to ring in the New Year inside Disney World’s theme parks. 

While New Year’s Eve is typically one of the busiest days at Disney World, COVID-19 guidelines mean the usual entertainment and fireworks displays can’t go forward, in order to allow for physical distancing. 

Here are the current park hours for Dec. 31, 2020, with each park and Disney Springs closing before the clock strikes midnight.

  • Magic Kingdom: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Epcot: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Disney Springs: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Disney resort guests will be able to watch pre-recorded fireworks on their in-room televisions.

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