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.
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
- Cedar Point
- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
- Kings Dominion
- Kings Island
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- Michigan’s Adventure (Was previously scheduled to open mid-May)
- 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.