As some U.S. theme parks delay openings to mid-May, some in Asia reopen

by Attractions Magazine Staff

As the current global health crisis surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be evaluated, Cedar Fair announced today their parks would be delaying their reopening even further. Although this is happening in the U.S., with possibly more delays on the way, it appears that some theme parks in Asia have started to reopen their doors.

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All of the Cedar Fair parks, including Knott’s Berry Farm, pictured here, are now scheduled to reopen around mid-May.

Cedar Fair is the first major domestic theme park company to announce a delay in their original closure — all of their parks will now be reopening in “mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible.” Their original closure notice promised a reopening set for the end of March.

This updated closure affects the following Cedar Fair parks:

  • California’s Great America
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Carowinds
  • Cedar Point
  • Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
  • Kings Dominion
  • Kings Island
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Michigan’s Adventure (Was previously scheduled to open mid-May)
  • Valleyfair
  • Worlds of Fun
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort in New Braunfels, Texas
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston, Texas

Given the recent guidelines put forth by the CDC limiting gatherings, and some states even going on full lockdown, it is likely we will see Disney and Universal make a similar move for their domestic parks.

However, on the other side of the world, many theme parks in Asia are starting to see limited reopenings and operation, including Legoland Japan and Shanghai Disney Resort.

Legoland Japan is now partially open, a decision that was based on “carefully considering the risk of mass infection, confined space, density, and social distance.” Guests can now visit both Legoland Japan theme park and Sea Life Nagoya with caution.

As for Shanghai Disney Resort, their current operations are much more limited. Only a few shopping, dining, and recreational locations and offerings are open in Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, and at Shanghai Disney Hotel. The resort’s Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown parking lot also reopened earlier this month.

While it is hard to hear that the U.S. parks could see a lengthened closure, it does give us some hope to hear that things are starting to return to some kind of normal in Asia. And perhaps, after just a bit more time, things can return to normal for us as well.


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Ferg March 21, 2020 - 3:28 pm

Here in the USA we are not going to see us returning to “Some kind of normal “if 100% of the population doesn’t start taking this serious..

Weinermom March 22, 2020 - 11:01 am

I agree with Ferg. Too many people in US thinks it’s a joke, hoax. Whatever. It’s not people. It’s real and you are not only endangering yourself, but loved ones and people you come in contact with. Stay home, respect guidelines and don’t hoarded food and supplies. I love Disney, but I would rather have it closed til it’s safe to reopen.

Denette.Honrada March 22, 2020 - 4:13 pm

This virus is very serious, if not taken serious it will get out of control and destroy the society we live in today. Who knows when things will return to Normal. It will get worse before it gets better. Stay safe and abide by these rules put in place to slow down this pandemic


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