Cedar Fair, one of the world’s largest regional amusement-resort operators, has decided to keep five of the parks they operate closed this year. Many of the ones already open, will close early for the season.
Amid the pandemic, Cedar Fair has opened or reopened a total of seven parks this year, including Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio, as well as five other parks located in Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. Of those, only Cedar Point and Kings Island will stay open past Labor Day, Sept. 7. 2020.
To alleviate social distancing concerns, Cedar Point and Kings Island announced programming changes to their traditional HalloWeekends and Haunt events, opting instead to host a fall festival where social distancing and limited park capacity requirements can be better managed and maintained. Both parks will be open through Nov. 1, 2020.
California’s Great America, Carowinds, Kings Dominion, Valleyfair and Gilroy Gardens will remain closed for the remainder of this year.
Canada’s Wonderland and Knott’s Berry Farm, the company’s only year-round park, will remain in a state of readiness as park teams continue their dialogue with authorities about the possibility of opening. Knott’s has successfully opened sections of its property to host new food and merchandise events, as well as its California Marketplace, including Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Knott’s Scary Farm, their annual Halloween event has been canceled.
“We are pleased to have an opportunity to safely welcome guests back to our parks in more than half of our markets,” said Cedar Fair President and CEO Richard Zimmerman. “Our ability to successfully reopen parks this season is the direct result of the hard work, resiliency and ongoing commitment of our associates, and I could not be prouder of their efforts. It is extremely rewarding to see guests enjoying themselves once again in our midways, hotels, restaurants and marinas, bringing some sense of normalcy back to our everyday lives.”
Cedar Fair previously announced it was extended the term of all 2020 Season Passes and add-on products through the end of the 2021 season. At parks not opening in 2020, Season Passholders will also receive a Pass Perks Loyalty Reward valid for purchases within the parks next season.