SANTA CLARA, CA – California’s Great America will kick off its celebratory 40th season March 28-29 with special events planned throughout the weekend and the grand opening of the expanded Planet Snoopy kids area. Great America will also introduce longer hours for 2015.

An Opening Day ceremony will take place prior to the Park’s opening on March 28, with dignitaries and featured guests to commemorate 40 seasons of family fun in the Bay Area.

New to Great America for 2015 is the expanded Planet Snoopy kids area, featuring three rides parents can enjoy with their kids. Gr8Sk8 will be an interactive ride atop Snoopy’s giant skateboard with the feeling of going off the edge. Peanuts 500 lets racers zoom around the track and slingshot around the track’s ends, while Snoopy’s Space Buggies will lift astronauts into the air for a gravity defying lunar landing.

On the entertainment front, a new show celebrating 4 decades of music will take guests back through time. An array of new foods will delight guests, highlighted by Starbuck’s proudly being served inside the Park.

“Opening Weekend is always special, but beginning our 40th season of creating memories is amazing,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “With thrill rides, family rides, kids areas, live entertainment and spectacular food options, Great America truly provides fun for the entire family. We’re excited for this upcoming season and what the future holds for the park.”

Great America is home to Gold Striker, “California’s best wooden coaster,” Drop Tower, Northern California’s tallest thrill ride, Carousel Columbia, the world’s tallest double decker carousel and a host of favorites, including Flight Deck, Demon, Rip Roaring Rapids and Boomerang Bay Water Park.

2015 Season Passes are currently on sale for just $64 and upgrading to a Gold Pass provides free parking, admission to Halloween Haunt and Gilroy Gardens, and 20 percent off food and merchandise.

Great America is currently hiring for the 2015 season and applicants can apply online at A job fair will take place February 6 (Noon-8pm) and 7 (10am-6pm) at 4701 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara. Performers and techs auditions for live shows will take place February 7 and 8 from 10am-1pm.

California’s Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to California’s Great America, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels, including Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.

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