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So if you had plans to hit a theme park this summer, but Covid19 ruined it for you, well you may be in luck. Most of the theme parks have announced when they're planning to open again. Here is the full list.
Dollyworld theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN, announced on June 3 that they would be reopening the park to season pass holders on June 15-16, and then to the public on June 17. This phased reopening includes the Dollywood park and Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark, as well as Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa, which will open June 10.
According to the Dollywood website, the park will be "implementing a number of new safety measures based on the guidance of health officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies." These include a limited daily capacity inside the park, required face coverings for visitors ages three and up, temperature screenings taken prior to entry, physical distancing measures, additional sanitation measures and more.
Guests should expect limitations on ride capacity, as well as reduced capacity in dining facilities. Several attractions will remain closed at this time, where it is believed that adequate physical distancing cannot be achieved. More information on the new health protocols and what will not reopen in this first phase can be foundon the Dollywood website.
Walt Disney World
Disney World in Orlandoplans to reopen beginning July 11, according to a proposal presented to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on May 27.
The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks are expected to open first on July 11, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios following behind on July 15. Meanwhile, Disney Springs in Florida already began its phased reopening on May 20.
A number of safety protocols will be in place, including requiring guests to have their temperature taken upon arrival, mandating facial coverings, using the parks' existing digital "magic" wristbands to facilitate mobile food orders, and relying on cashless payments. There will also be increased use of plexiglass barriers where close contact is necessary.
Jim McPhee, the Senior Vice President of Operations, said the process will begin with soft opening preview days and noted that attendance will be capped by using a reservation system that allows guests to book their spot in advance.
McPhee also said they plan on "reducing capacity on attractions, in restaurants and in retail stores, as well as on methods of transportation." Any event that tends to attract a tightly packed crowd is off the table, for now, meaning no parades, no fireworks, and no character meet-and-greets.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California remains closed indefinitely at this time, with no dates for reopening announced. Health officials announced thattheme parks will be able to reopen when the state enters Phase 3of its plan. It's currently in Phase 2, but no date for Phase 3 has been given. Governor Gavin Newsom noted it could be as soon as a month from now.
“Phase 3 is not a year away. It’s not six months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away,” he said. “We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable.”
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay willofficially reopen on June 5,the company announced at the end of May.
Universal will start the process of reopening their Florida parks on June 1, but will not welcome public visitors until June 5. On June 3-4 they'll host invited guests and some annual pass holders to see how well their new systems work.
Like Disney World, there will be many precautionary measures in place, including additional screenings, increased sanitation, social distancing measures, temperature checks at all main entrances, contactless purchases for food, and mandatory facial coverings.
CityWalk, the shopping, dining, and entertainment destination at Universal Orlando, has already opened in a limited capacity as of May 14.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal's California attractions will remain closed at this time, with no dates shared until California moves into phase 3 of its reopening process. (See details above under "Disneyland.")
The Six Flags theme parks across the nationhave not released a date to reopen, though CEO Michael Spanossaidthey would be opening park by park and are currently targeting six locations in Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico to open first at some point this summer.
Despite having no set date, the company has already laid out its health and safety plan, which includes requiring all guests to makeadvanced reservations online, as part of an effort to track and lower attendance numbers. They will also require guests to wear face coverings, undergo temperature checks, and observe social distancing measures.
In addition, Six Flags is also testing new systems to keep people further apart and reduce face-to-face interactions, such as mobile ordering, cashless transactions, and virtual queuing. They will also increase sanitization schedules and install hand-sanitizing stations throughout the parks.
SeaWorld Orlando presented reopening proposals to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on May 21 and said they plan to reopen to the public on June 11, with the parks holding an employee appreciation night on June 10.
Like the other parks, SeaWorld's Interim CEO Marc Swanson said they will require masks for guests age 2 and older, temperature screenings, and limit capacity in pools and rivers, according to theOrlando Sentinel.
Hand sanitizer pumps will also be available at entrances and exits of each ride, the outlet reported.
SeaWorld San Diego
The California location will remain closed at this time, with no dates shared until California moves into phase 3 of its reopening process. (See details above under "Disneyland.")
Busch Gardens has not yet announced a date for reopening. Since they are owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, it is likely their proposal to reopen will be similar to SeaWorld's and potentially come on or around June 11, according to CBS affiliateWTSP.
Ontheir website, SeaWorld Entertainment said animal experts are using this time to "look after the health and welfare of the animals in our care."
The Florida attraction has a set reopening date for June 1,according to their website.
The park said they plan on operating at reduced capacity and with adjusted hours. They'll also be implementing "cashless payments, social distancing practices, and enhanced cleaning regimes."
Additionally, certain areas of the park, such as water fountains, restaurants, stores or attractions in the theme park and water park, may be temporarily suspended in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Guests will also be subject to a temperature check and are encouraged to wear face masks, though not everyone is required to wear them if they are under 2 years old, suffer from breathing difficulties, or cannot take the mask off without assistance.
Like Busch Gardens, Legoland's California resort currently remains closed until further notice, but will not be before California enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan. (See details above under "Disneyland.")
Legoland New York
The opening date of Legoland New York has beenpostponed from July 4, 2020, to 2021, the company announced in late March.
"By opening LEGOLAND New York Resort in 2021 we are building an attraction that not only meets our high standards, it also gives our guests the best possible experience," the resorts’ Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson said in a press release.
The company also noted that everyone who has already purchased annual passes or single-day tickets will be honored when the park opens.
Knott's Berry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm, located in Buena Park, California, has not confirmed a date to reopen,
"The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority," the companywrote on its website on May 8."We want to assure you that when we do open, Knott’s Berry Farm will continue to be a safe and fun environment for all. Our team is 100% committed to this promise."
Like the other California parks, Knott's Berry Farm will be allowed to reopen once California has entered phase 3. (See details above under "Disneyland.")