Several theme park companies around the globe have begun the gradual reopening process. Yesterday, we reported that Disney plans to reopen Shanghai Disneyland on May 11 — their first park to do so amidst the global health crisis.
The Orange County Register reported that the parent company of a theme park very close to Disneyland in California, stated that their parks could remain closed through the end of 2020.
Cedar Fair, which owns a number of theme parks nationwide — including Knott’s Berry Farm — recently released their first quarter report.
The statement reads, “Some or all of our parks may remain closed throughout 2020 due to the imposition of external operating restrictions or due to the time it may take to implement additional hygiene protocols and prepare our parks for operation.”
Currently, according to Knott’s Berry Farm’s website, their last update regarding the parks closure status was on March 20, which read “It is our hope to reopen those properties mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our associates, our guests, and our communities.” There has been no further update from Knott’s or Cedar Fair regarding a reopening date.
Out of the 11 major theme parks Cedar Fair owns, Knott’s Berry Farm is the only park that has a year-round operating schedule. The remaining theme parks are open seasonally. Even after Cedar Fair’s parks eventually reopen, the quarterly report noted that “there could be long-term post-COVID-19 impacts to the company’s business due to changes in consumer behavior, reduced interest in its theme parks and increased costs of new sanitization protocols.”
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