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  2. 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/ Excerpt:
  3. This is very disheartening to me, Mr. Roberts. I can't even read the story.
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  5. The Disney theme park, which employs some 70,000 people, plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said on Wednesday. YOU CAN READ THE STORY HERE!
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  7. That's not a risk I'm willing to take, Mr. Roberts. Unless everyone is wearing a mask, you are not safe. If I get this virus, that's it for me.
  8. I just ate indoor at a Culverts last Saturday. I think all the restaurants in that area have open dining rooms now.
  9. 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.
  10. I think with the smaller parks it's either open and try to make up some of that money or just go out of business.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. I wonder if she will be in the park working or if she is just visiting?
  14. BLOG: Belly rubs welcomed by new K9 officer "Orion" https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/may/belly-rubs-welcomed-by-new-k9-officer-orion
  15. BLOG: Kings Island's Orion giga coaster, by the numbers https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/may/kings-islands-orion-giga-coaster-by-the-numbers
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  17. 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.
  18. 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. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE!
  19. 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.
  20. I just saw a video where Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were both had record sitting visitors and all the hotels were practically sold out. Quite impressive considering the big attractions, like Dollywood, have not re-opened yet. I guess after being cooped up for two months people were chomping at the bit to get out of the house and go somewhere. Universal Studios' City Walk and Disney Springs have all partially reopened. In our area, both Starlite Drive-In and Holiday Auto Theater have opened. I went to Holiday last night and saw the new "Invisible Man" and a horror movie called "Hunt." They only let people park every other space and only two people were allowed in the concession stand and two in each bathroom at a single time. They also had porta potties for people who didn't want to get anywhere near the building and be in the bathroom with anyone else. Don't buy anything from the concession and this was really the perfect way to get out while observing social distancing.
  21. Interesting, Mr. Roberts. I do think it's good they're asking for opinions from park goers.
  22. Just got this e-mail from Kings Island about taking a survey. I haven't really had time to read it yet so I have no details to give you at this time. "Dear Passholder, We are conducting a survey to better understand the needs and expectations of our guests. As a Kings Island passholder, we would love to have your feedback. You'll find this is a thorough survey covering a variety of topics, but especially focused on COVID-19. It would be most helpful if you could complete the survey in the next few days. Please know that all of your responses will be kept confidential and only reviewed in total. Thank you in advance for your time."
  23. Kind of interesting stipulations, Mr. Roberts. While I see no way they can safely open this summer, maybe next year.
  24. The White County commissioners and council approved giving Indiana Beach a $3 million incentive as a forgivable loan as long as the park owners at Indiana Beach Holdings LLC meet certain stipulations. One of these stipulations is that the park needs to open at some point this summer, although that could be extended until next summer if something with the the COVID-19 distancing isn't cleared up in time. Indiana Beach has to hire at least 200 employees between 2021 and 2025. The loan will come to maturity in 2025 and the county can take an active role if there’s a default. Surprisingly, Indiana Beach Holdings LLC may own the park but not the land it is sitting on. The land is owned by a company called Store Master. YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE.
  25. The Racers is one of my all time favorites not just at Kings Island but all of the coasters I have been on. There is almost never a line more than 10 minutes and the ride does have alot of moments of air time.
  26. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/park-update A Message from Mike Koontz, Vice President & General Manager of Kings Island May 8, 2020 Update As the coronavirus (COVID-19) matter remains a part of our daily lives, the team at Kings Island continues to work with health and safety experts as we plan for increased safety measures and operational changes throughout our park. We are in constant communication with our state and federal governments and are looking forward to welcoming you back just as soon as it is safe to do so. Although our reopen date is still uncertain, here are a few things we can share: We are looking forward to Orion joining our world-class line-up of roller coasters, one of only seven giga coasters in the world with a first drop of 300 feet Grand Carnivale, our immersive cultural celebration and nighttime parade, is being postponed until 2021 Summer Nights, our evening block party event with live music, specialty food and interactive experiences is also now postponed until 2021 As previously announced, we have extended the validity of all 2020 Season Passes and Season Pass Add-On Products through the 2021 season, plus we have paused Easy Pay billing while the park is closed*. Likewise, we will continue to work with guests who may have prepaid single-day tickets valid for days during our temporary park closure. Ticket inquiries may be directed to www.visitkingsisland.com/help/contact-us. The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. We want to assure you that when we do open, Kings Island will continue to be a safe and fun environment for all. Our team is 100% committed to this promise. And we are working alongside industry experts and government officials toward this shared goal. We will keep you updated as we move forward; in the meantime, we thank you for your loyalty and continued support. *2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass add-on products (if applicable) will be valid through the 2021 Season according to pass type. For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended, and will remain suspended while the park is closed. When the park reopens, billing will resume. Passholders will need to be current on payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.
  27. Whatever measures they take, cases are going to skyrocket. Half capacity there is still thousands of people. Can't understand why so many are willing to risk their lives, and the lives of others, for things that don't really matter in the long run, Mr. Roberts.
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