SAN DIEGO, CA
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. won permission to reopen its California theme park, one of the company’s largest, under provisions reserved for zoos.
The park was cleared to welcome guests to its outdoor areas, though indoor aquariums must stay closed, according to Tegan Glasheen, a spokesman for San Diego County, which confirmed the decision Wednesday. The attraction’s rides will also remain closed.
Shares of SeaWorld rose as much as 2.8% to $19.37 in extended trading. The stock was down 41% this year through Wednesday’s close in New York.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Kennywood will not be reopening after Labor Day.
Kennywood and Idlewild & SoakZone will be open for the last time in 2020 on Sept. 7.
2020 Kennywood season passes will be extended to include the 2021 season “as a show of thanks,” the park says.
“We’re so thankful to our Team Members for the fantastic job they’ve done in implementing high standards of cleanliness and safety, and to our Guests for following these new measures,” said Kennywood General Manager Mark Pauls in a press release.
“We’ll wrap up this season on a positive note on Labor Day, and start getting ready for 2021.”
Universal Orlando has rolled out a new date-based ticket system, meaning the day you go to a theme park could affect how much your visit could cost.
Universal confirmed the news Tuesday, saying the new system offers varied prices for guests planning their vacations. Hopeful park-goers will find ticket prices based on specific dates, much like Walt Disney World’s date-based ticket program.
Thinking about whether you want to take an ocean voyage or a romp in an amusement park next summer? Turns out, you won’t have to choose.
Carnival Cruise Line shared a video of its much-anticipated Mardi Gras ship on Sunday, which features the world’s first roller coaster at sea, according to USA Today. The new coaster, BOLT, has been under construction in Munich, Germany, and is planned to debut with the Mardi Gras in February 2021. Sadly, all U.S. cruise ships are currently out of operation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruise director Matt Mitcham takes you on a tour of the BOLT in the video, showing all the ins and outs of the new, onboard ride. The track is a simple loop with a helix at one end, but it is especially unique because passengers can actually control the ride themselves.
Epcot visitors have noticed progress on the transformation of the Walt Disney World theme park recently. Behind the construction walls near the attraction’s entrance, the tops of transparent pylons are peeking over. They have the famed geometric Spaceship Earth ride as a backdrop.
They are part of the reimagining of Epcot’s main entrance fountain, Imagineer Zach Riddley wrote on his Instagram account.
“Our design team took special interest in looking back to the original geometry for inspiration and infusing new features with a little bit of added magic to bridge the past, present a future of Epcot,” Riddley said. “These majestic pylons also draw your eye upward toward the sky and perfectly frame views of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction.”
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
Things that go bump in the night at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fright Fest will finally be laid to rest as the theme park drops the annual Halloween-time event series because of concerns about COVID-19.
But the fall fixture will stick around to haunt New Jersey in 2020 through something called Hallowfest.
Sunday is National Roller Coaster Day. Normally, I'd implore you to put your phone away, make tracks for the nearest amusement park, and mark the occasion by screaming like a ninny on a thrill machine. But, you know, COVID.
Sure, some parks are open, and some coasters are rolling. If there is one near you, go for it. But now, in the summer of our discontent, the only ups and downs that many of us are contemplating are the ones on coronavirus and unemployment charts.
Oh, how we long for this thing to be over and to return to normal. In that spirit, let’s honor Roller Coaster Day by taking a look at some of the most iconic rides in the U.S. They aren’t the latest and greatest, nor are they necessarily the best.
A backstage fire has caused Universal to temporarily close its incredibly popular new attraction Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. At this time of this article’s publication, everyone is reported to be safe.
According to Click Orlando, theme park representatives confirmed the latest attraction to be added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter experienced a backstage fire that caused the attraction to close on Tuesday, August 12. All guests were escorted off the ride and the fire was quickly extinguished. No one was reported to be injured.
There is still no word whether or not the attraction will reopen today.
SeaWorld is putting the old adage of “never let a crisis go to waste” into practice as the theme park giant goes shopping for distressed competitors who can’t weather the storm caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
SeaWorld Entertainment is in the market for theme parks and water parks that don’t survive the coronavirus crisis, according to company officials.
What happens when you have to close almost a third of your park for redevelopment while still keeping the business going and guests entertained? That’s what Gröna Lund’s owners, Mattias Banker and Johan Tidstrand, did when they embarked on an audacious project to bring a Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) inverted roller coaster into the already compact amusement park on Stockholm’s waterfront in Sweden.
“We’re trying to put the best suspended B&M coaster in the world here,” says Banker. “This is the first time in Gröna Lund’s 137 years that we are also building stuff when the park is open.”