BOWLING GREEN, KY
Summer is still here for another week – and what better way to celebrate the last bit of the season than by going to a theme park?
If your first thought was “literally anything else since COVID has complicated visiting theme parks,” you’re in luck because you can rent an entire park for just you and your family to go on all the unlimited rides that you want (within the rental window).
Beech Bend Amusement Park & Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green, Ky., is putting its theme park up for rent for families of six for up to eight hours, a release shared with Fox News states.
2020 has been hell for any activity that requires groups of people to come together. Movie theaters are still largely closed. Sporting events are either happening without fans or not happening at all, and theme parks spent several months closed; many of them still are. Not only did the closures keep a lot of people away from their favorite rides and attractions, but it also delayed construction on all the new experiences theme parks fans have been looking forward to in the future. This means everything from new restaurants at Epcot to new theme park lands at Disney California Adventure are delayed. But biggest of all, new theme parks like Universal Orlando Resort's Epic Universe are on hold, and the future is really unclear.
Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World has been experiencing some issues today. Magic Kingdom Guests had to evacuate their logs after the attraction unexpectedly broke down.
The video below shows Guests walking inside the attraction — guided by a Disney Cast Member — after they had to evacuate their ride vehicles.
COVID-19 may have canceled HalloWeekends, but fear not, there's still plenty to do at Cedar Point.
HalloWeekends has always been one of the park's biggest draws, bringing in thousands during Cedar Point's final weeks.
The cancellation could hurt the park's attendance as industry insiders report theme parks already suffer diminished crowds due to the pandemic.
The park's parent company, Cedar Fair, however, announced in August that, even with diminished crowds, they've been able to make a profit by adjusting operation schedules.
The opening of Hersheypark summer season was delayed this year due to the coronavirus, but additional dates are being added to the latter half of the year.
Additional dates have been added to the Halloween-themed Hersheypark in the Dark season schedule, with a total of five weekends of operation from October 2 through November 1. The event will include trick-or-treating for guests 12 years old and younger, with 13 candy stops through the Boardwalk at Hersheypark and Chocolate World attractions. Several of the park’s roller coasters, including the new Candymonium, will be open for nighttime rides.
It looks like people are trying to enjoy the last bit of summer. Clifton Hill crowds were spotted taking up streets this long weekend. However, the mass amounts of people gathering in Niagara have led to protests being planned to reopen Canada's Wonderland.
This summer, Canada’s Wonderland wasn’t open to Ontarians. The theme park was forced to remain closed this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
However, the theme park did come out with a detailed list of health and safety protocols for reopening earlier this summer.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California is “getting closer” to reopening Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks in the state after nearly six months of coronavirus closures.
Newsom commented on his discussions with major California amusement park operators during a news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
“Conversations are ongoing, just as a reminder, for theme parks, amusement parks and the like,” Newsom said.
Central Florida’s labor problems were exacerbated on Friday when SeaWorld officially let go of all its furloughed employees. The move was felt across nearly every department at the Orlando-based chain but especially at SeaWorld's Orlando parks.
When the COVID-19 related closures first struck the tourism industry in mid-March, SeaWorld Parks furloughed nearly their staff. Since reopening a few months later, the company has worked to adjust its hours and operations to adequately address the softened demand. In places like Orlando and Las Vegas, which rely heavily upon out-of-town visitors, recovery has been weak, as many people still express concerns regarding traveling during a global pandemic, though recent surveys have shown a vast majority of Americans do plan on traveling within the next six months. Officials at Walt Disney World confirmed that half of all visitors there are locals from Florida, while Universal Orlando has begun offering massive discounts in an attempt to attract locals.
Ohio election officials are turning to the pros at the self-proclaimed “roller coaster capital of the world” for tips on how to manage long lines of socially distanced voters this November.
Abundant visual cues, reassurances that the wait isn’t long, and ample distractions are essential to helping people put up with standing in queues for the Nov. 3 general election during Covid-19 safety precautions, Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of the Cedar Point amusement park said Thursday.
“If people don’t have info they assume the worst,” McClure said during a meeting convened by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Communication is key.”
IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, today announced the cancellation of IAAPA Expo 2020 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, the association is launching a new virtual conference for global attractions industry professionals so that they can take part in many of the education sessions originally planned to take place at IAAPA Expo.
“IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year there are many challenges facing our members from around the world,” said Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA. “Together with input from members, exhibitors, the IAAPA Board of Directors and our team, we have decided to cancel this year’s Expo due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The continuing barriers to international and domestic travel coupled with the evolving guidance on mass gatherings, and members’ need to focus on their businesses helped lead to this decision.”