Galaxy Amusement Sales
JKJ Workforce
CHANGE SECTIONS: Carnivals & Fairs Amusement Parks



Galaxy Amusement Sales
JKJ Workforce
Berk Concession Supply
Advertise Here
Advertise Here

Amusement Park News

Read Carnival Industry News

Theme Parks are Reopening Across the US in 2021 - February Update

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk- Opening TBD....

Rides 4U - New & Used Rides
Across the U.S. theme parks are scheduling reopening dates for 2021, as vaccines roll out and restrictions roll back. In California, long one of the strictest states as to theme park openings, California's Great America in Santa Cruz, closed for the entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has set a reopening date of May 22nd.

Of course, reopening depends on state protocols: large theme parks will only be allowed to reopen once the counties they're located in reach the minimal risk, yellow level.

Great America's parent company, Cedar Fair, has not yet announced an opening date for Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. However, it has announced other reopening dates throughout the month of May for Ohio's Kings Island and Cedar Point, Canada's Wonderland, North Carolina's Carowinds, Virginia's Kings Dominion, Pennsylvania's Dorney Park, Missouri's Worlds of Fun, Minnesota's Valleyfair and Michigan's Adventure.

Nationwide, over 40 theme parks in all have set their reopening dates, each following their specific state's individual protocols for reopening. Some have already opened. In Florida, the majors have been open for some time: Disney World, Universal, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and Legoland have been doing solid business, with Universal Studios in Orlando doing particularly well. In Texas, Six Flags and SeaWorld are open; while in Minnesota and New Jersey locations, Nickelodeon Universe is drawing parkgoers. Also open: the winter program at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado, and the Adventuredome in Nevada.

Smaller theme parks already open dot the country; only in California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts have the parks not been allowed to open.

In California, there are still no opening dates scheduled for Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Legoland California's shops and hotel have reopened, but the park itself does not yet have an opening date.

Late last year, SeaWorld San Diego was allowed to reopen without rides, but allowing special holiday events and following zoo and aquarium guidelines. However safer-at-home restrictions were reinstituted due to a rise in COVID-19 cases around the holidays, and the operation had to be curtailed. But the park has once again reopened as of February 6th, again following zoo and aquarium guidelines and without operating its rides.

In Alabama, the Park at OWA also reopened on the 6th. The smaller theme park is operating all of its 22 rides ranging from roller coasters to kiddie rides and spin rides.

Still unannounced as to its opening date but much anticipated is the opening of the brand new Legoland attraction in New York state. Located in Goshen, the park was originally planned to open last year.

But, eager park fans have some scheduled re-openings to focus on, including a number of larger attractions in March. Six Flags America in Maryland will be coming in like a lion on March 6th; a week later on the 13th, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will welcome the return of Dollywood, and Oklahoma is feeling “OK” about reopening Frontier City. The western themed amusement park is operated by Six Flags. Later in March, Silver Dollar City and Six Flags St. Louis will both open in Missouri. Silver Dollar City is also welcoming returning guests with promotional additions to its passes including “Bring-A-Friend” tickets, an offer that will end on March 8th.

Six Flags Adventure New Jersey will return with their Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure attractions on March 20th. They will be welcoming a brand-new ride later in the season, the Jersey Devil Coaster. A date for that ride's appearance has not been set, but many park ride attractions appear set to reopen March 27th.

Adventureland in New York is also looking toward a March reopening, while Hersheypark in Pennsylvania and Wild Adventures in Georgia are planning for April 2 and April 3 re-openings. Encouraging visits to Hersheypark, the location is currently offering the ability for guests to purchase tickets now and use them on any date during the operating season, including during special events such as Springtime in the Park, all summer dates, Hersheypark In the Dark, or the festive Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.

A spate of fun openings takes place April 24th. Colorado's Elitch Gardens will be holding their season passholder preview; Pennsylvania's Knoebels and Quassy in Connecticut will both be opening that date as well.

Early May brings Adventureland back to Iowa, Bay Beach to Wisconsin, Silverwood to Idaho, and a season passholder photo day to start the season at Waldameer in Pennsylvania. Also in Pennsylvania, Kennywood will open early in May; Morey's Piers located along the New Jersey oceanfront, Kentucky Kingdom, and the previously mentioned Cedar Fair-owned Kings Island in Ohio will open on the 8th.

The middle of the month will welcome the reopening of Cedar Point itself in Ohio, as well as Wonderland in Canada, Alabama Adventure, and Pennsylvania's Dutch Wonderland. And to welcome in Memorial Weekend and the more or less official “theme park season” in the U.S., there will be openings as mentioned at Cedar Park's California's Great America and Carowinds in North Carolina, as well as Pennsylavnia's Dorney Park, Indiana Beach along the Indiana lakefront, and Virginia's Kings Dominion. The end of May will also herald the return of Little Rock, Ark. Attraction Magic Springs, Cedar Fair's Valleyfair in Minnesota, SeaBreeze in New York state and Worlds of Fun in Missouri; as well as Del Grosso's in Pennsylvania, Lake Compounce in Connecticut, and Michigan's Adventure. New Hampshire will open two parks at the end of May, Story Land and Santa's Village.

Dates have also been announced in early June for Six Flags Over Georgia, and Little Amerricka in Wisconsin.

More theme park openings are sure to be announced soon.
Related Photos
1998-2021: Company | Web site developed by Matt's Web Design, Inc.