SIOUX FALLS, SD
Wild Water West is pushing back its plans to open up a large roller coaster by the end of the summer.
Work on the roller coaster won't start until the fall at the earliest, director of operations Brian Rehnke told the Argus Leader.
Disruptions to the industry caused by the coronavirus were a major factor, Rehnke said.
"(The coronavirus hit) exactly when we were signing contracts," he said. "The manufacturer even had to do some furloughs and things. We want to responsibility get through the summer as good as we can and pick up that project in the fall."
The original plan was to start construction in April and open by August for late-summer use.
Imagine going through theme park security without having to open all your bags and allowing a security guard to look through your things, or not even having to put your bags into an x-ray machine. That may be the case soon at some Six Flags parks.
As attractions begin reopening after their coronavirus closures, theme parks are reevaluating the security screenings their guests go through in light of social distancing measures, and Anil Chitkara’s company, Evolv Technology, has introduced an innovative touch-free system Six Flags recently featured in a video highlighting their parks’ new safety procedures.
Altoona fire crews were called to Advenureland Park Saturday morning after a roller coaster caught fire.
According to fire officials, when crews arrived, they noticed smoke and small flames coming from the Tornado wooden roller coaster. The fire was put out quickly.
Fire officials said the fire was due to routine preparatory work in anticipation of the park opening up next week.
Dollywood Is Reopening ‘Soon’—Until Then, Explore The Park Virtually And Make Its Signature Food At Home
PIGEON FORGE, TN
In the past two weeks, all eyes have been on reopening announcements. Earlier this week, Spain announced it would reopen its borders in July, and Greece has moved its reopening from July 1 to June 15. Cyprus has even announced it will cover the vacation costs of anyone who contracts Covid-19 while visiting the country.
For a certain group, no announcements have been more hotly anticipated than the reopening of theme parks. Universal Orlando announced last week that it would open to the public on June 5, and Walt Disney World released its opening dates—July 11 for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and July 15 for Epcot and Hollywood Studios—just yesterday. (The Disney fervor was so dramatic that eager vacationers crashed the park’s reservation system, and the company then put a temporary hold on future bookings for hotels, tickets and restaurant reservations.)
Cedar Fair Expands Its Suite of Mobile Apps to Promote a Healthy, Smart and Fun-Filled Guest Experience When Parks Reopen
SANDUSKY, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and immersive entertainment, is adding new technology and leveraging its existing mobile app capabilities to enable a safe and efficient park reopening experience for its guests and associates.
Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman said, “The safety of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be, our highest priority. I’m pleased that our internal health and safety experts, as well as state and local government officials, have informed the development and implementation of these technology enhancements which, when combined with our other in-park safety procedures being implemented, should help renew the public’s confidence when visiting our parks. Our more robust suite of mobile technologies not only strengthens the safety measures recommended by health officials, but also offers exciting, guest-friendly alternatives that could very well enhance the overall guest experience for the long term,” said Zimmerman.
The company will implement several technology enhancements focused on key aspects throughout the guest visit, from planning and preparing for an outing at the park, to leaving for the day. Changes will allow the parks to open with capacity limitations and processes in compliance with state and local health guidelines, while enhancing the guest experience overall. Key aspects include:
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About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Cedar Fair’s parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. The Company also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.
Some of the statements contained in this news release that are not historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements as to the Company's expectations, beliefs and strategies regarding the future. These forward-looking statements may involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, may be beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, general economic conditions, adverse weather conditions, competition for consumer leisure time and spending, unanticipated construction delays, changes in the Company’s capital investment plans and projects and other factors discussed from time to time by the Company in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) could affect attendance at the Company’s parks and cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations or otherwise to fluctuate or decrease. Additional information on risk factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the filings of the Company made from time to time with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, information, circumstances or otherwise that arise after the publication of this document.
Michael Russell, 419.627.2233
Roller coaster fans in Japan can finally hop back on their favorites for some thrill-seeking fun and entertainment, but there's a major caveat ... they better not enjoy it too much and let out a cheer or a scream.
That's right ... you must be THIS quiet to ride the rides at the newly opened amusement parks in the country, according to a set of guidelines to ensure everyone's safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan's reopening the parks after lifting its state of emergency this week, and the new rules mostly make sense -- temperature checks upon entry, face masks required, social distancing and sanitizing, etc.
As Dauphin County prepares to enter the yellow phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus pandemic shutdown, some businesses will be allowed to reopen as of May 29.
But when it comes to Derry Township’s beloved amusement park, a bit of a longer wait is still in store.
Hersheypark, like all amusement parks in Pennsylvania, will only be allowed to reopen when their respective counties enter the green phase of the reopening plan. And as the metrics for reaching the green phase are determined by the number of new coronavirus infections in each county, the staff of Hersheypark has no choice but to wait for those numbers to drop.
The Conneaut Lake Park Board of Trustees has cancelled the season for the amusement park.
"Under normal circumstances, we would be excitedly preparing the park to welcome you all for our 2020 Season," the board said in a statement. "Sadly, these are not normal times. So it is with great sadness that the Conneaut Lake Park Board of Trustees announces the cancellation of its 2020 park season."
Jim Becker, executive director of Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park, said in an interview with the Tribune it was a difficult, but necessary decision by the Trustees’ board to close Conneaut Lake Park for the 2020 season.
ORLANDO, & TAMPA, FL
SeaWorld Entertainment just took its first steps to reopen its theme parks.
The company presented reopening plans Wednesday morning to the Orange County Task Force. Those plans include a proposed reopening date of June 10 for an employee appreciation day and then June 11 for a public reopening.
The date and protocol changes aren't set in stone. The plans were approved by the task force and now head to Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval.
The developer behind the Nickelodeon Universe theme parks is delinquent on its mortgages and seeking a government bailout as it looks to manage its debts, according to financial reports.
Triple Five Group, which owns the Nickelodeon Universe parks at its Mall of America and the new American Dream mall in New Jersey, has missed the last two monthly payments on its $1.4 billion mortgage for the Mall of America property. The Minneapolis-area mall - the biggest in the United States - has been closed since March 17, though it is scheduled to reopen on June 1. The company is asking the state of Minnesota for a forgivable loan to help it make its debt payments.