Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Cedar Fair Begins Phased Park and Hospitality Openings in Ohio, Texas, Missouri and California

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has implemented new health, safety and hygiene protocols that will allow the phased opening of several popular properties for the 2020 season. Kings Island in Mason, Ohio will open its amusement park on July 2. Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, is planning a July 9 opening. The park previously announced that its Hotel Breakers and Lighthouse Point RV sites would open June 12. The Schlitterbahn waterparks in New Braunfels and Galveston, Texas, will open June 13. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri will open its amusement park on June 22.

All parks are opening with limited capacity, and initially will be open for season passholders only; daily ticketholders will be able to visit shortly thereafter. Opening dates for the waterparks at Cedar Point, Kings Island and Worlds of Fun are yet to be determined. Knott’s Berry Farm opened selected locations in its California Marketplace on June 8, and plans to continue opening additional marketplace retail and dining locations through June 20.

“We want our guests and associates to feel confident knowing that our parks are taking extensive measures to welcome them back to an environment where safety is the highest priority,” said Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman. “People will experience our new health and hygiene protocols before they enter the properties for either work or play; these enhancements will be observed throughout the entire day and at departure. We are thrilled that our guests will again be able to enjoy a best day experience at Cedar Point, Kings Island, the Schlitterbahn parks and Worlds of Fun, as well as great shopping and dining again at Knott’s Berry Farm. We look forward to more openings as restrictions are lifted around the country.”

The Company’s new health and safety protocols align with CDC guidelines, and have been informed by company and industry health and safety experts, along with state and local government officials. A video will be available on park websites in advance of each parks’ opening to advise guests of new policies and procedures to expect.

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