News Center Maine reported that Funtown Splashtown is one of the biggest amusement parks and employer of teenage workers in Maine.
But thanks to the coronavirus, they won't be opening according to the owner Kevin Cormier.
They made the decision on Wednesday because of the changing rules that includes limits on gatherings through June. That impacts hiring temporary workers through the J-1 Visa Program.
Shares of Six Flags Entertainment Corp. SIX, 0.00% were indicated up more than 3% in premarket trading Thursday, after the theme park operator reported a narrower-than-expected first-quarter loss as revenue fell less than forecast.
SeaWorld Entertainment shared an update about its parks late Wednesday in an email from interim CEO Marc Swanson.
The Orlando-based company will automatically extend all active annual passes for its parks, including Busch Gardens. All active annual passes and memberships will be extended "for the length of time in which the parks remain closed," the email said.
Domestic single-day tickets and unused multi-day tickets set to expire during the park closures will be extended through December 31, 2021, according to SeaWorld. Expiring single-day and multi-day tickets that were purchased internationally will be extending through the first week of 2022.
"We are also offering discounted tickets to be used when our parks reopen," SeaWorld said.
The company also plans to announce new benefits for active pass members in "the coming days."
Silver Dollar City announced Tuesday it will extend season passes until June of 2021.
The coronavirus shut down the park before its scheduled opening in mid-March. Park officials say there is nothing a pass holder needs to do. It will automatically extend.
“While we don’t know the exact date that Silver Dollar City can open, please know we are working diligently behind the scenes and we are committed to providing safe and memorable experiences for our guests and their families,” said Brad Thomas, President, Silver Dollar City Attractions. “We will keep you informed of any updates on our website at www.silverdollarcity.com/Coronavirus-Update.”
Six Flags Magic Mountain was quietly laying out plans for an innovative new single rail roller coaster in 2021 just before the Valencia amusement park was shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak and its parent company slashed spending on new projects.
Six Flags Magic Mountain received approval in March for a “2021 roller coaster” from the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, according to public records.
As part of our attempt to grapple with the potential economic effects of COVID-19, our team has researched and analysed past crises and their consequences for the attractions industry. Although the scale and scope of the current crisis are unprecedented, this could shed some light on the likely pace of recovery.
COVID-19: a global challenge:
The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent efforts to contain the virus are disrupting all economies and industries. The visitor attractions industry faces unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. With closures and uncertainty around reopening dates worldwide, parks and attractions are actively implementing mitigation strategies.
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping amusement parks closed, much to the disappointment of many Lagoon season pass holders.
Many reached out to Matt Gephardt frustrated with how Lagoon is handling the closure by not offering refunds.
Bridget Edwards and her family purchased Lagoon Season Passports for Christmas, totaling just under $500 for their family of four and a parking pass. They were ready to start riding rides for Lagoon’s opening weekend, March 28.
But that opening date came and went, with the pandemic keeping Lagoon shuttered with a county order for non-essential businesses to remain closed.
Edwards said she reached out to Lagoon to see if the park was offering anything for customers not able to visit Lagoon, like extending the season passes to be valid next year. “They sent me back this kind of copy and pasted answer,” she said.
“Just saying ‘no refunds’ and then blocking people on their Facebook page isn’t going to be OK,” she said.
Although it remains uncertain when Cedar Point will be able to open its gates, the park is still preparing for its upcoming season by sharing a tease of its new ride for 2020: Snake River Expedition.
Park officials have posted a picture of the new boat ride on Facebook.
“Work continues on one of the new scenes of our new Snake River Expedition ride,” Cedar Point posted (see below). “We’re excited to share this experience with you as soon as we can!”
This new boat attraction is a family friendly experience, featuring live actors mixed in with animatronics throughout a variety of scenes.
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Bill Lee will not extend Tennessee's safer-at-home order past April 30, and many businesses across the state are planning to reopen as soon as next week.
Meanwhile, Dollywood may be near making a decision on its own reopening date.
“We are working on reopening plans and expect to share details soon,” says a Dollywood statement sent to Knox News on Wednesday.
Amusement Today Publisher Gary Slade has announced that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Golden Ticket Awards event — originally scheduled for Morgan’s Wonderland and SeaWorld San Antonio (Texas) on September 11 & 12, 2020 — has been rescheduled for the same locations in 2021.