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  3. Update: Kings Island has now filed legal action against both the Ohio Department of Health and Warren County Health District. Kings Island sues Dr. Amy Acton, Warren County Health District to reopen https://www.fox19.com/2020/06/04/kings-island-sues-dr-amy-acton-warren-county-health-district-reopen/ Excerpt:
  4. A Message from Richard Zimmerman, CEO, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company June 4, 2020 Update Cedar Fair fully supports the amendment to HB 665 that was adopted today in the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. The amendment provides for the immediate re-opening of Ohio amusement parks and water parks. We fully anticipate and expect having the same opportunity granted to other businesses in Ohio to operate our business in a safe and manageable environment. As professional amusement park operators with an exemplary safety record, we are experts at managing risks and following protocols. The protocols we have developed to reopen our parks are in accordance with governmental and CDC directives, Erie County and Warren County Health Departments, medical professionals, Ohio’s Development Services Agency (DSA) and industry best practices. They are specifically responsive to the COVID-19 crisis. Our capacity controlled, family friendly properties at Cedar Point and Kings Island, coupled with the operational expertise of our seasoned park professionals who work there, provides for an environment where predictable observance and enforcement of social distancing and COVID-19 protocols can be achieved. This legislation not only benefits Cedar Point, Kings Island, and their guests, but also the economic viability of the local citizenry and surrounding Ohio communities. We look forward to welcoming back our loyal guests to Ohio’s treasured amusement parks, which have brought fun and happiness to generations of families.
  5. 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. View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200528005179/en/ Investor Relations Michael Russell, 419.627.2233 https://ir.cedarfair.com Source: Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
  6. 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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  8. 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.
  9. "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. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE!
  10. She is really pretty. I would think just visiting, Mr. Roberts. But who knows.
  11. I sincerely hope they do not open anytime soon. Far too dangerous. Just because some things are opening up does not mean this is over. Numbers are continuing to climb daily.
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  13. 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:
  14. This is very disheartening to me, Mr. Roberts. I can't even read the story.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. I just ate indoor at a Culverts last Saturday. I think all the restaurants in that area have open dining rooms now.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. I wonder if she will be in the park working or if she is just visiting?
  23. BLOG: Belly rubs welcomed by new K9 officer "Orion" https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/may/belly-rubs-welcomed-by-new-k9-officer-orion
  24. 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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