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And in two weeks the numbers of infection from there will likely spike, Mr. Roberts. I know people want out but it's only getting deadlier. And the virus droplets live in the air for three hours, so anybody in the concession stand or bathroom that has it with no symptoms will infect whoever else was there. I'm staying home. Please be careful. 

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It is looking like Knotsberry Farm probably won't open this year and other random Cedar Fair parks may or may not open. Dollywood, Mt. Olympus and Silverwood are all preparing to open this month. Holiday World and Indiana Beach are set to open in June. Six Flags Great Adventure has a drive through animal safari in New Jersey that they will probably reopen in early June. 

 

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Personally, I'd prefer none of them open at all this year, Mr. Roberts. But I know they're all about money. The number of cases will spiral and they will likely have to close back down.

Did see on the news, maybe Columbus, not sure, that the zoo is going to have drive-through tours. 

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Holiday World, Indiana Beach, Dollywood and Camden Park are all scheduled to be open by mid June. I think Camden opens this week but I am not sure. Their website is keeping low key about it.  they have dates on their calendar but no fanfare on the rest of the site.

All the attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg opened this last Weds, at least that is what I have heard. Dollywood has not reopened yet, though. Not until mid-June for Dollywood.

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I still think this is an enormous mistake, Mr. Roberts. Watching the news this weekend, and hundreds of thousands of people out at pools, boardwalks, playgrounds, beaches, parks, and restaurants. In two weeks, when those places are planning on opening, the number of cases will be rising drastically. Yes, there are a lot of people who will go, but I don't know how they can put employees or the general public at that kind of risk. Those opening dates can and likely will change, in my opinion.

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I'm sure you're right, Mr. Roberts, but at what cost? I'd rather they go out of business than another 100,000 die because of all these places opening. Not just parks, but pools, theaters, shops, etc. To me, pools and indoor dining represent perhaps the biggest threat. 

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Ohio amusement parks could be addressed next week, Gov. DeWine says

https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/05/28/ohio-amusement-parks-could-be-addressed-next-week-gov-dewine-says/

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he is not ready yet to publicly map out a strategy that would allow the state’s amusement parks and museums to reopen during the coronavirus emergency.

The Governor said the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board tasked with forming policies for certain attractions is still in the progress of making recommendations, but a decision could come sometime soon, DeWine said during Thursday’s briefing.

“We’re going to try to address that next week,” Gov. DeWine said about venues like Ohio’s amusement parks, museums, and zoos.

 

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"As Ohio sees its first weekend of indoor dining after more than two months of shut downs, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is "certainly not there yet" as far as mass gatherings like amusements parks go. (Cedar Point, Kings Island, concerts and etc.)

DeWine spoke about Ohio's reopening Sunday on NBC's 'Meet The Press.'

"We are now reopening. We got to see how this reopening is going. Reports I get back are it's going pretty well. Restaurants are doing what they need to do, keeping the space, retail is doing the same thing," DeWine said.

"The governor said, however, the state is not ready for mass gatherings like amusements parks."

On a different article, it was said at least July 1, at best.

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Places may be doing what they're supposed to, but the numbers are going up every day, Mr. Roberts. I just don't know how they can even consider this. It's already getting worse with what has reopened at this point. And some counties are still planning fairs. That's going to be a nightmare. Couldn't pay me to go.

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Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country reopen June 17, and a weekend earlier for season pass holders. All guest will be required to wear a mask and get a temperature screening at the front gate. If the visitor shows a high temperature or signs of illness they will be instructed to turn around and leave. Not just the person showing symptoms, but everyone who rode in the same car. You will also need to make a reservation in advance, no walk ins.  This is the same thing Disney World will be requiring. Imagine walking around in the Florida heat wearing a mask!

This comes in parts from Youtube videos by trusted Dollywood bloggers and the park's own press release on their website.

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE!

 

 

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https://ir.cedarfair.com/news/news-details/2020/Cedar-Fair-Expands-Its-Suite-of-Mobile-Apps-to-Promote-a-Healthy-Smart-and-Fun-Filled-Guest-Experience-When-Parks-Reopen/default.aspx

Cedar Fair Expands Its Suite of Mobile Apps to Promote a Healthy, Smart and Fun-Filled Guest Experience When Parks Reopen

May 28, 2020
 

New cashless digital payment capabilities join mobile app location modules for enhanced guest experiences, safer guest and associate interactions throughout the visit, and compliance with current health guidelines

SANDUSKY, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and immersive entertainment, is adding new technology and leveraging its existing mobile app capabilities to enable a safe and efficient park reopening experience for its guests and associates.

Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman said, “The safety of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be, our highest priority. I’m pleased that our internal health and safety experts, as well as state and local government officials, have informed the development and implementation of these technology enhancements which, when combined with our other in-park safety procedures being implemented, should help renew the public’s confidence when visiting our parks. Our more robust suite of mobile technologies not only strengthens the safety measures recommended by health officials, but also offers exciting, guest-friendly alternatives that could very well enhance the overall guest experience for the long term,” said Zimmerman.

The company will implement several technology enhancements focused on key aspects throughout the guest visit, from planning and preparing for an outing at the park, to leaving for the day. Changes will allow the parks to open with capacity limitations and processes in compliance with state and local health guidelines, while enhancing the guest experience overall. Key aspects include:

Planning and preparation –

  • Guests can make their required reservations online or through the mobile app, reserving a specific day and time to visit the park based upon capacity availability. The guest will receive a time-bound entry voucher, which will automatically appear in the guest’s mobile app when they are logged in.
  • Guests who have purchased a season pass will be able to process their passes through the website or mobile app, rather than visiting the pass processing center within the park.
  • Park mobile apps and websites will be enhanced with thorough information to prepare guests for changes they will see at the parks.

Arrival and entry –

  • Upon arrival, the guest’s reservation will be confirmed and their ticket / season pass scanned.
  • All guests entering the parks will be required to complete an initial health check; guests with the park’s mobile app can complete most aspects of the health questionnaire online prior to visiting.
  • Targeted messages delivered through the mobile app will remind guests of new processes and procedures; in addition, the app will provide real time alerts regarding any capacity constraints that may affect their visit.

Enjoying the park –

  • Enhanced cashless payment methods are being introduced to reduce touchpoints and expenses, as well as improve efficiency and throughput.
  • Mobile food ordering is being expanded to at least four parks in 2020 to improve guest service and eliminate long lines at selected food locations.
  • The mobile app’s mapping and wayfinding modules, which already allow guests to easily find things like restrooms and phone charging stations, are being leveraged to monitor potential overcrowding in various areas of the park throughout the day; this will help determine where to deploy crowd control measures and enable appropriate social distancing. These modules will also direct guests to the closest hand sanitizing stations.

Exiting the park –

  • Enhanced guest surveys will provide the park with firsthand feedback about their visit and the updated protocols and processes for continuous improvement.
  • Location services on the mobile app will be able to help manage guest flow and maximize park capacity without sacrificing safety.

Cedar Fair continues its work with state and local authorities and will advise the public on definitive park opening dates as they become known.

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Cedar Fair’s parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. The Company also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this news release that are not historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements as to the Company's expectations, beliefs and strategies regarding the future. These forward-looking statements may involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, may be beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, general economic conditions, adverse weather conditions, competition for consumer leisure time and spending, unanticipated construction delays, changes in the Company’s capital investment plans and projects and other factors discussed from time to time by the Company in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) could affect attendance at the Company’s parks and cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations or otherwise to fluctuate or decrease. Additional information on risk factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the filings of the Company made from time to time with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, information, circumstances or otherwise that arise after the publication of this document.

CT?id=bwnews&sty=20200528005179r1&sid=ac

Investor Relations
Michael Russell, 419.627.2233
https://ir.cedarfair.com

Source: Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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I saw a Youtube video about Orlando parks being opened. I didn't actually watch the video, just read the headline. I knew that Universal Walk has been open, but Googled to see if the rest of the parks was open. I guess the Youtube video was season pass holder day because Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay all open today.

 

See the parks schedule calendar here!

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I want to know what "initial health check" means. Like, am I going to need a note from a doctor to get in? I haven't even bought my pass yet and I won't if I'm going to have to pay for a doctor visit.

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I am incredibly unhappy with my life, the world and my medical conditions. My clock is already ticking and it has been devastating to me too lose the last three months. I'm beyond the point of worrying about catching it and don't even care. I'm not suicidal, but if I go at least I will be at peace. 

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A petition to remove the mask requirement at Kings Island had over 3,800 signatures Saturday morning, according to change.org.

Those with season passes can return to the amusement park between July 2 and 11, and the park will reopen to daily ticket holders on July 12. 

But the reopening comes with new protocols, officials said. Guests will be required to make online reservations, socially distance while at the park, take temperature checks upon entry and follow other safety measures – including wear a mask.

Kings Island states on their website that all guests, associates and vendors will be required to wear masks when the park reopens.

The petition states wearing masks at the park will be difficult due to "the heat and humidity alone."

 

Petition created to remove mask requirements at Kings Island

I've been watching videos on Youtube of people going to the parks that have reopened, like Universal and Bush Gardens, and all the one one's I have watched all said that wearing the mask hasn't been as bad as they thought it would. But to be fair, Florida is not as humid as as Ohio, except maybe for areas close to swamps.

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Personally, Mr. Roberts, people who refuse to wear masks to protect others who are at risk have no respect for human life. Same goes if they sign this petition. I have no immune system and have worn a mask for years, including at the park in summer. Have made a number of trips to Florida in the heat of summer, twice in July. Yes, I wore a mask and it was no worse than wearing it in Ohio. To me Florida is far worse than Ohio when it comes to heat and humidity, especially inland. It's doable. Wearing masks reduces the spread of the virus and we'd be past it a lot sooner if people would just wear the masks. Masks save lives just like seat belts. But a lot more are dying from this virus than die in car crashes. People clearly don't want to protect their parents/grandparents if they won't wear a mask. Picked up online grocery order last night. While waiting in my car, observed about a dozen people exiting. Only one was wearing a mask. I had mine on in the car. Two women walked by on the way in, both wearing masks. I thanked them for protecting an old person like me. They said they didn't go out without them, to protect their family. Both women in their thirties. They're the smart ones. Those not wearing masks are the reason numbers are spiraling and I have no sympathy for them. 

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I think most people think the masks are to keep themselves from catching it and that they supposedly aren't very effective. They need to realize it is to protect other people from getting it by cutting the moister spray in sneezing and even talking down to about two feet as opposed to leaving a bigger vapor trail for others to walk through or get on them. There are people who have it and don't even know that they have it. If I'm in a store or something and realize I forgot my my mask, I will at least look away from other people when passing or talking to them. Even though I am at the point where I don't like a good chunk of people in the world today, I don't want to be the one that gets the virus on them to take home to their kids or grand parents.

 

I bet much of the spread came from protesting. The protestors on the news were not practicing social distancing. They were all packed in front of government buildings like a can of sardines.

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Yes, the masks are to protect others, Mr. Roberts, but most people don't care. I've watched endless hours of the protests. There were some not wearing masks, including a lot of cops, but the majority have been. The community spread according to the CDC has been from restaurants, stores, and other places like that where people are congregating, and especially beaches, boardwalks, etc. People think this is over because of places opening up. It's not. It's just getting started. I've no intention of going into a store until there's a reliable vaccine. Maybe not then. Not a shopper anyway. Picking up groceries at the curb suits me fine, and have had most everything else shipped for years. Idiots in groceries are actually making fun of those wearing masks and coughing on them. They should be charged with assault, because that is what it is. People are so stupid and mean.

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There are idiots everywhere, Mr. Roberts. If they want to be sick and die, so be it, but they have no right to infect and kill others because they don't want to wear a mask. I hope the parks rigidly enforce the rules they have established for everyone's safety. Still far too unsafe for many of us, especially we old and infirm.

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Mr. Roberts, just saw your post from 15th about your unhappiness. I'm so sorry you feel that way. I'm not willing to risk what time may be left for me, but you do whatever you feel is right for you. Just please wear a mask and be careful. They really are manageable in heat and humidity; I have worn them for years, including at the park many times, though I tried to never go in high temps as it's too dangerous for me. 

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Kings Dominion probably won't open this year.  Virginia's Phase 3 reopening restrictions don't take into account how large the park is and that, under the current allowance, the park will not open.

Under Phase 3, which is slated to begin on Wednesday, July 1, amusement parks can open at 50-percent capacity, with a maximum count of 1,000 people. Kings Dominion—spread over 400 acres—has an official capacity of 50,000 people. There's a big difference between 50 percent of their normal capacity and a total of 1,000.

"Kings Dominion is disappointed to hear as part of the Phase 3 announcement that the restrictions applied to smaller indoor attractions and venues are being improperly applied to large amusement parks, such as Kings Dominion," their official statement says. "Although we respect the decisions of our state officials, the restriction of limiting our park to just 1,000 guests does not reflect the large volume of space available to accommodate recommended social distancing protocols, and essentially suggests the state will only allow us to have 5 people per operating acre. 

 

You can read the rest of the story here.

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