Florida’s Gatorland amusement park resumed over Memorial Day weekend break– total with a new mascot to urge social distancing and also admire neighborhood tale at the exact same time.
Meet the Social Distancing SkunkApe
A costumed variation of this local take on Sasquatch is advising individuals of the advantages of being far-off and also evasive– and also sharing some standard health and wellness pointers to avoid the spread of the coronavirus:
Walt Disney World and SeaWorld to present reopening plans to Orange County task force Wednesday
Walt Disney World and SeaWorld will present reopening plans to an Orange County task force Wednesday morning, the first step before both theme park giants can welcome back tourists.
Orange Mayor Jerry Demings confirmed during a Tuesday afternoon briefing that he saw a preview of plans from both companies and called the anticipated presentations “good news” after Orlando’s biggest tourist draws, led by Disney, shut themselves down 10 weeks ago to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
May 26, 2020
First Theme Park to Reopen June 5
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will reopen with limited capacity beginning June 5, 2020. In accordance with Governor Stitt’s Open Up and Recover Safely Plan (OURS), and following Mayor Holt’s recent proclamation allowing businesses to reopen, the park will begin operating at reduced attendance levels and will operate in a preview mode June 5-7 for Members and Season Pass Holders only. After a short initial reopening phase, the park will gradually increase attendance levels throughout the month. The park is implementing extensive new safety measures and hygiene protocols, including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees.
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Social distancing markers will be placed in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail locations, and dining queue lines. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are excited to welcome Oklahomans back to Frontier City as we introduce new safety procedures for everyone’s protection. The health and safety of our guests and team members remains our number one priority,” said Frontier City General Manager Trevor Leonard. “All government officials, along with city and county health departments, have been extremely supportive of our efforts to reopen in accordance with state and local guidelines.”
“Frontier City, like all Six Flags parks, is an outdoor attraction that poses a significantly lower risk of exposure than indoor venues. Our guests are not confined to one space for lengthy periods. Guests move constantly throughout their experience; some are riding rides, some are eating in restaurants, while others are shopping in our souvenir stores, or playing games. Because our parks cover dozens or even hundreds of acres, we can easily manage guest throughput to achieve proper social distancing,” said Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos. “We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes best practices from theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest possible way. This ’new normal’ will be very different, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment.”
All parks will employ a sophisticated online reservation system to manage attendance, schedule guests for entry by day, and stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. Other new technologies include:
Health Screenings for Guests and Team Members
Frontier City will be operating under state and local guidelines for crowd capacity limits. The park has established attendance caps that will be well below the park’s theoretical capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve. The process will take 5-7 minutes, and guests will complete the following steps:
The Six Flags brand is synonymous with family fun and thrills for all ages. These significant new changes are designed to improve the overall park experience while keeping guests and employees safe.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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About Frontier City
Oklahoma's biggest and best theme park is home to more than 40 acres of fun for the whole family. Featuring more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, guests can enjoy thrills for all ages including the extreme loop coaster Diamondback and Oklahoma's only suspended coaster, the Steel Lasso. Frontier City is the premier theme park for families to make memories together.
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Few venues will be untouched by the changes wrought by the coronavirus pandemic when they reopen. But the modifications will be especially evident at theme parks—places designed to welcome large groups, with many congregating together. Indeed, when theme parks reopen, they're likely to do so with significant changes to their infrastructure, in details both large and small. And while guests might miss out on some cherished opportunities of the past (like hugging their favorite characters), they might find some changes actually improve the overall experience (like the end of snaking in-person lines). We asked experts to predict what theme parks will look like after coronavirus.
As we previously shared, Universal Orlando is officially opening back up for business to select park guests beginning June 3 with a full reopening to the public on June 5.
Universal Orlando will be reopening with the enforcement of new health precautions to help contain and stop the spread of the current pandemic. However, it seems the Florida Department of Health wants to also aid in this process by having “secret shoppers” walking around the parks monitoring guests in their efforts of social distancing.
“What is critically important as we increase economic activity is to have those measures in place to protect employees and protect consumers that are going to use the parks and all the attractions, not just the parks,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Florida Department of Health in Orange County director, to ClickOrlando.
The re-opening of Knoebels Amusement Resort for its 94th season remains an uncertainty during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The state Department of Health indicated that amusement parks can operate in the green, or the final, phase of reopening, but the park is situated between Northumberland and Columbia counties. Northumberland has been in the yellow phase since May 8 and Columbia County since May 15, so it’s unlikely both counties will move to green at the same time.
“It’s tough to say what will happen,” said Knoebels Public Relations Manager Stacy Ososkie. “The business’s physical address is in Northumberland County. The challenge is half our rides and attractions are in one county and the other half in another.”
Fun Spot America Orlando is now open for business.
Fun Spot tweeted on Friday afternoon that the theme park's Orlando location opened its doors to the public.
Doors opened at 2 p.m.
The tweet said the park would close at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, park hours for the Orlando location are noon to 10 p.m. until further notice.
Universal Orlando receives Orange County task force approval to reopen parks to guests June 5
The Orange County Economic Recovery task force approved Universal Orlando’s plans to reopen theme parks to staff beginning June 1 and to guests on June 5, after listening to a presentation presented by a Universal executive.
John Sprouls, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Universal Parks & Resorts, presented Universal’s reopening plan to the task force Thursday as other theme parks and attractions in the area presented reopening plans.
Wisdom Rides of America Optimistic about Future - Rolls out new line of Roller Coasters & Ferris Wheels
Jared Davis, head of Wisdom Rides of America, is remaining positive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to ensuring his company performs “business as usual” for their valued customers, the team at Wisdom is using this time to expand their current product line. Like most in the outdoor amusement business industry, Davis is hoping all of his carnival and amusement park clients and friends are able to open soon in order to salvage as much as possible of the 2020 season.
Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is slated to open on June 20.
On Wednesday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that amusement parks will be part of the Phase 2 reopening, which is scheduled for June 20.
Quassy is currently hiring to fill dozens of positions in a variety of departments for the summer.