Work is finally resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s fourth theme park, Epic Universe.
The park, which was announced in 2019, had previously halted construction in July due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Universal revealed that it will take several months to ramp up to full speed because it needs to restaff the project and reassemble its vendors and contractors.
There are theme park suites where you can party like a rockstar, sleep surrounded by overall-clad Minions, or even whip up a frozen concoction in your official Margaritaville blender if that’s more your style. Cost-wise, some of these stays are more accessible than others, but you might want to go ahead and add the pricier options to your bucket list as they offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences—like primo park views and top-of-the-line amenities—you’ll never forget.
Hersheypark has announced that it will be opening two of its new “Chocolatetown” eateries next month.
The amusement park says both Milton’s Ice Cream Parlor and the Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen will open April 2nd.
The “Chocolatier” full-service restaurant will open Memorial Day Weekend.
UPPER MARLBORO, MD
Six Flags America is reopening for its 22nd season on Saturday.
The park will be open every weekend through Memorial Day, as well as every day from March 31 to April 5 for spring break, according to a statement. Reservations will be required.
There will also be some changes as the park reopens:
Iowa’s newest theme park is rising from a former farm field south of Waterloo.
The purple supports and tracks of a roller coaster soar above the snow-covered ground, and buildings are beginning to spring up as construction workers continue to labor through the winter.
Work is projected to continue through 2021, and the Lost Island Theme Park remains on track for a 2022 grand opening, according to officials.
SANTA CLAUS, IN
Tickets to Holiday World’s 2021 season go on sale Monday.
The Santa Claus, Indiana amusement park announced its opening day for its 75th season will be Saturday, May 15.
Season passholders will get early access to Holiday World the weekend of May 8 and 9.
Holiday World’s water park Splashin’ Safari opens for the season on May 21.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
It’s too cold for roller coasters, but crews at Kennywood are still hard at work. The park shared a Tuesday transformation on Facebook, saying more than 500 feet of track on the Racer is being replaced.
Legoland New York is scheduled to open its gates this year. The 150-acre theme park is the first major theme park to open in the area in over 40 years. Construction is still ongoing on the park’s final touches as it nears competition for its 2021 grand opening. When it opens, it will be the largest Legoland Park ever developed by Merlin Entertainment. Located in Goshen, New York, it will be home to seven-themed lands and more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions for families with children ages 2 through 12, as well as a 250-room Legoland Hotel.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation says it is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 season, including five that were not able to operate last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said it worked with epidemiologists to develop a reopening plan that "meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols."
The local group that owns the Kentucky Kingdom-Hurricane Bay amusement and water park plans to sell it to a "big player" in the theme park business after a punishing drop in business during the pandemic, state officials said Monday.
While state officials did not reveal the new owner, the operating company that plans to assume Kentucky Kingdom's lease on state property is registered in Georgia with an address matching that of Herschend Family Entertainment, which operates theme parks and other attractions in multiple states.