Smaller theme parks in California will be permitted to open sooner, in Tier 3, which allows for up to four covid-19 cases per 100,000. This allows us to bring you the most interesting, entertaining, and unique entertainment experiences, covering theme parks, movies, TV, video games, special events and so much more. Also, a group big-city mayors want Gov. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Six Flags Great America outside Chicago is the biggest theme park in Illinois and the 20th most-attended park in the U.S., according to TEA/AECOM. Florida Officials Want to Crack Down on Theme Park Injuries, Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Netflix Over a Disneyland Ticket. Florida’s Orange County Department of Health officer Dr. Raul Piro said in late August that Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando haven’t had any COVID-19 outbreaks, according to WKMG-TV. The Grinch will be back at Universal Studios and they're adding a new parade featuring Macy's balloons. Universal Orlando has warned guests that they might contract the deadly COVID-19 … Universal Studios Japan will open its new Nintendo themed area on Feb. 4, the Osaka-based theme park said on Monday, after pushing back the opening from the summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. Cedar Fair’s most-attended park — Knott’s Berry Farm — has partially reopened for beer and food events without rides. SEE ALSO: Disney, Universal and SeaWorld say California theme parks ready to reopen. Among last year's top attractions were creepy mazes based on "Ghostbusters" and Jordan Peele's 2019 horror flick, "Us.". Knott’s plans to follow up the Taste of Calico event that began in July and the subsequent Taste of Knott’s with the upcoming Taste of Fall-O-Ween. All of the theme parks are operating at reduced capacity and masks and social distancing are still routine. Largest U.S. theme parks report no COVID-19 outbreaks since reopening No outbreaks have been reported at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six … In Solano County, where Discovery Kingdom is located, the primary way COVID-19 is transmitted is during social gatherings, according to Solano County Public Health spokesperson Jayleen Richards. “All things considered, it’s a big capital swing, so better to really march forward with that when we have just a bit more visibility on what’s going on with the economy post-COVID,” Comcast Chief Financial Officer Mike Cavanagh said in May. Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Universal Studios is the first of the major theme parks in Florida to announce reopening plans. Robert’s did go on to say “I’m optimistic for the long term,” when asked if the theme parks will recover. Major theme parks in the U.S. reopened with reduced capacity in Florida and Texas in June, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in July and Virginia in August. Merlin Entertainments has had millions of guests enter its reopened Legoland theme parks and more than 100 themed entertainment attractions around the world without any COVID-19 incidents or outbreaks, according to company officials. SEE ALSO: How California theme parks could reopen under state’s 4-tier plan. ITM now consists of multiple writers living near both Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks and around the world. SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Diego are among the 20 most-attended theme parks in the U.S. Virginia’s Busch Gardens Williamsburg was the 20th most-attended theme park in North America as recently as 2015, getting knocked off the leaderboard by Six Flags Great America. Universal will provide disposable face masks for visitors who don't bring their own. In California, the state’s public health department collects data on COVID-19 cases from local jurisdictions, but defers to local county agencies for more precise data on investigations into any outbreaks. Regional Medical Center reached capacity Tuesday with 70 COVID-19 patients. Though the main park has yet to resume operations, California's Universal CityWalk is "open on a limited basis," with outdoor seating … Universal Studios Florida: Doing a great job during COVID!! No COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Legoland and Cedar Fair parks in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan, according to state health agencies and theme park officials. Guests of the Loews Royal Pacific Resort are granted entrance to Universal Studios an hour early (and before the masses arrive) at 8 a.m. 6 Changes at Universal Studios Orlando Since It Reopened I Went to Universal Studios After It Reopened, and Here Are 6 Major Changes You Should Know About July 5, 2020 by Camila Barbeito But like many states, Pennsylvania does not provide details on COVID-19 outbreaks at individual theme parks. About Florida News. Will RDJ Appear as Iron Man in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. “We haven’t had any outbreaks related to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom,” Richards said via email. The footage is captioned, “What I thought Universal Studios was looking like during COVID.” The footage then cuts to show Universal Studios full of people, crowded together. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. SeaWorld San Diego has not been notified of any COVID-19 outbreaks while the park has been operating under zoo guidelines, according to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment officials. Some California parks — such as Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom — have partially reopened for limited capacity events without rides. Los Angeles County, home of Universal Studios Hollywood, is in the purple tier. Universal Express Unlimited pass is not valid for admission into any Resorts World Sentosa’s Attractions (Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. He writes about Disney, Universal, Six Flags, SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Legoland parks in Southern California, across the United States and around the world. “At the right time, we can invest in theme parks — but not now,” Roberts said, discussing one of Comcast’s hardest-hit areas during the pandemic. The order prohibits indoor or outdoor dining. Now, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay have begun to welcome visitors with strict new safety and social distancing measures in place. The number two spot belongs to Disneyland. Although Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay have been seen to have huge crowds, it seem’s they are only running at 25%. Brady MacDonald is a theme park reporter for the Orange County Register and the Southern California News Group. Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando, Knott's Berry Farm extend park closures due to coronavirus this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. SEE ALSO: Disneyland cancels Candlelight Ceremony as coronavirus threatens Christmas events. Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in California will close Saturday because of concerns about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic and remain shut until March 28. Report this job; Responsibilities: Build Production HR Guides outlining the return to workplace process; Create HR FAQs specific to the return to workplace process for Productions; Manage the ongoing end-to-end Production HR testing/return to workplace … Six Flags Magic Mountain remains closed indefinitely while California’s Great America has canceled plans to reopen for the rest of 2020. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks in California, Florida, Texas and Virginia. As a member of the SCNG Features team, he also writes about entertainment, travel, pop culture, music, restaurants and craft beer. How far is long term? We encourage guests to check back for any future updates. “Since we have reopened, we have not been notified, directly or indirectly, of any COVID-19 outbreaks related to a guest’s visit to Hersheypark,” according to Hersheypark spokesperson Garrett Gallia. Coronavirus: Universal Studios Orlando reopens as Florida's theme parks begin their comeback. We have been excited to see progress on the new Jurassic Park coaster at Islands of Adventure, and seeing Halloween Horror Nights come back from the dead with 2 houses being showcased, but it sounds like the wow factor will have to stop there. The ICU, emergency department beds and the hospital's entire COVID-19 floor are full. Our ICUs are climbing quickly toward their capacity. However, the park will resume general operations on June 19, 2020 (Fri). Universal Studios Beijing is expected to open to the public on schedule in May of next year despite COVID-19 construction setbacks. “The extensive safety and hygiene measures we have in place were developed with epidemiologist consultants and meet or exceed all federal, state, and local guidelines. California theme parks like Discovery Kingdom, Knott’s and SeaWorld have been allowed to partially return from extended coronavirus closures for limited-time, reduced-capacity events with no rides or coasters. Universal CityWalk is open on a limited basis. SINGAPORE - Universal Studios Singapore and Plaza Singapura were among places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Sept 21). They somehow count all hotel guests as being in the park as part of capacity. We want our guests and team members to feel confident about their health and safety while in our parks.”. Universal Studios Japan originally planned to open Super Nintendo World in the summer of 2020 to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. … in Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, Volcano Bay. Or, contact our editors by emailing moderator@scng.com. “We cannot comment on specific cases or clusters of cases,” Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesperson Maggi Mumma said via email. A Comcast earnings report revealed that revenue at the Universal parks fell 94 percent during the second quarter when most of its parks were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Inside the Magic was created in 2005. “Prior to reopening our parks, Cedar Fair implemented robust health and safety protocols for our guests and associates, informed by our in-house, industry and local government experts along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control,” according to Cedar Fair officials. Legoland California has partially reopened the Miniland U.S.A. section of the park to annual passholders, Legoland Hotel guests and Big Shop shoppers. The parks have had to majorly slice down capacity, as well as take a huge tourism hit affecting their attendance numbers. He’s covered the theme park industry for more than 25 years. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Universal Studios Japan has been temporarily closed since February 29 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. By Chris E. Hayner on July 13, 2020 at 8:33AM PDT Common Studios Orlando Is Seeing Fights Over Covid Simply Like Disney, However Most Company Are ‘Nice’ by Mia Turner. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando will remain closed through at least May 31, according to a company statement. A separate One-Day ticket is required for admission. Under normal circumstances, an Orlando theme park being extremely busy on Labor Day weekend – one of the most crowded holiday weekends of the year – would hardly qualify as news. Walt Disney World resort’s data on COVID-19 outbreaks is consistent with what Florida officials have shared, according to Disney officials. Great America’s water park has reopened while its theme park remains closed. Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are open daily. Current promotions and resort-wide changes. Please let us know if you are an employee or visitor who has been notified of a COVID-19 outbreak of two or more people at a U.S. theme park by using the email address at the top of this story or the comment section below. Sign in. Yesterday we reported on the story of a man who was charged with misdemeanor battery after he made a coronavirus joke in front of a cast member at Disney's Animal Kingdom. For the first time since reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure have reached capacity.. Florida is home to eight of the 11 most-attended theme parks in the U.S. — attracting a combined 87 million visitors in 2019, according to TEA/AECOM. Fans Urge Disney to Fire ‘Mandalorian’ Actress After Controversial Post, Margot Robbie to Replace Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow With LGBT+ Spin, ‘Mandalorian’ Actress Starts More Controversy, Fans Once Again Call For Firing, Disney May Reconsider Jack Sparrow Role If Depp Wins Retrial, ‘Mandalorian’ Star Pedro Pascal Supports Gina Carano, ‘The Mandalorian’ Just Connected Grogu to Ben Solo. “We credit these protocols for the good news that we have effectively averted to date any COVID-19 outbreaks that link back to any of our parks.”. 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Touring the real-life Hogwarts Castle might come with a coronavirus curse. The amusement park chain’s second-biggest property — Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario — is the only theme park in the TEA/AECOM North American Top 20 not in the United States. Kings Dominion called the state’s restrictions economically unsustainable and decided against reopening in 2020. - See 39,731 traveler reviews, 27,891 candid photos, and great deals for Orlando, FL, at Tripadvisor. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. It can also be extended if COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike. California has more than 900,000 cases, according to the state's coronavirus tracker , the most of any state. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks in the U.S. have not been notified of any COVID-19 outbreaks, according to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment officials. 0. 4:45 Coronavirus cases in the US pass 452,000. Any Park tickets purchased for a date when we are closed will automatically be changed to one valid until … There have been no outbreaks at reopened Six Flags amusement parks in Texas, New Jersey and California, according to health officials. If I was betting on it, I say the Jurassic Park coaster may not open until things are back to normal so that Universal can bring tourism in with a brand new attraction. He disclosed that the open parks in both Orlando and Japan are having a tough go when it comes to revenue as they are both hovering at 25% capacity. The primarily outdoor nature of Orlando’s theme parks likely makes it harder for coronavirus to be transmitted, according to Piro. Inside the Magic is your ultimate source for themed entertainment coverage. 4:17 pm: California Gov. “The department is not aware of any outbreaks associated with any New Jersey theme parks,” New Jersey Department of Health spokesperson Janelle Fleming said via email. Tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. can be complicated because reporting standards vary by state and sometimes even by county within a state. SEE ALSO: Disney theme parks face another ‘lost year’ in 2021, analysts forecast. That’s a big perk. Erie County Department of Health Commissioner Peter Schade confirmed that Cedar Point has had no outbreaks tied to the theme park. “The safety of our guests and team members continues to be our highest priority,” according to Six Flags officials. The Walt Disney World resort’s theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — claim four of the top five spots on the TEA/AECOM attendance leaderboard. Universal Studios has submitted a proposal to open doors to its Florida theme parks on June 5, after more than two months of being closed due to COVID-19. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Inside the Magic. The parks hit their capacity before noon Sunday. Are California theme parks too risky to reopen. Is it safe? Texas is home to several major theme parks that rank just outside the Top 20 in the U.S. — including Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio. Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Japan, which reopened in June, are still operating in a limited capacity, which is one of the main reasons for the revenue decline, the company said. “We have not associated any outbreaks tied to Knott’s Berry Farm,” Orange County Health Care Agency spokesperson Jessica Good said via email. Busch Gardens Williamsburg reopened in early August with a series of limited-capacity events. Let us know! Maybe early entry but not sure about that. “We’ve slowed down some investments in theme parks, but I hope they’ll come back and want them to come back.”. Those two parks, however, are closed indefinitely as of this time. Universal Studios Florida: It’s like COVID doesn’t exist - See 39,733 traveler reviews, 27,892 candid photos, and great deals for Orlando, FL, at Tripadvisor. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Discovery Kingdom reopened the Marine World Experience in early July. Disney Developing Movie About Inner City Youth Orchestra LA, D23 Announces First Virtual Halloween Mousequerade Costume Contest. The theme parks have been shuttered since mid-March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Known for its terrifying haunted houses and theatrics, Halloween Horror Nights has long been a spooky staple for Universal Studios Hollywood. ... but has been operating at reduced capacity. Universal Studios Beijing is expected to open to the public on schedule in May of next year despite COVID-19 construction setbacks. And you can go get your annual passholder pin for the month. Password Show. Universal Studios Orlando is welcoming guests again, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues. This comes as Japan lifts its state of emergency and a call for the closure of large-scale facilities. Toronto based Disney lover who binges The Office and puts on live performances of Beauty and the Beast in the shower daily! “They have done an excellent job with precautions,” Schade said via email. At a Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force meeting last week, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said the park would open at a max capacity of … Universal Studios has submitted a proposal to open doors to its Florida theme parks on June 5, after more than two months of being closed due to COVID-19. Cedar Fair has reopened Ohio’s Cedar Point and Kings Island, Pennsylvania’s Dorney Park, and Missouri’s Worlds of Fun theme parks. We focus on bringing you all things fun so you can plan your theme park vacation, enjoy Disney at home, and more. ORLANDO, Fla. - Universal Orlando reached capacity on Saturday as the Labor Day weekend kicked off in Central Florida. Nonetheless, those self same anecdotal stories, just like the Common spokesman’s assertion, would appear to point that although theme parks are nonetheless a spot the place you are extra more likely to be in a crowd, individuals are comfortable to … —Hannah Miller. Shops must reduce capacity to 20% capacity. Universal Studios Japan also announced a similar extended closure through March 22. December 3, 2020. in Disney. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Following the shutdown of Universal Orlando resort, many fans have been wondering what capacity the theme parks were operating at. Universal Orlando has permission to reopen June 5, and Legoland has asked to open June 1, becoming the first of Florida’s theme parks to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Aquarium & Adventure Cove Waterpark). Of those, only New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure ranks among the Top 20 U.S. theme parks. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts spoke with the Orlando Sentential to discuss their theme park operations. “At this time, we have no reports of outbreaks associated with theme parks in Illinois,” Illinois public health department spokesperson Melaney Arnold said via email. Florida governor supports Disney, Universal and state theme parks easing COVID-19 capacity limits DeSantis said the state is getting more 'comfortable' with letting more people in theme parks Major theme parks are beginning to get back up … Universal Orlando does not require advance reservations as Disney and Six Flags parks will, but Universal has warned that guests may be denied entrance if the property has reached its limited capacity. Universal Orlando Resort announced that Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay were all at capacity for the second day in a row. “We’ve opened all our other Legoland resorts all around the world with no reported outbreaks,” Legoland California president Kurt Stocks said. Universal’s Volcano Bay is closed for the season and is currently scheduled to reopen on or before March 1, 2021. Cedar Fair announced that California’s Great America, North Carolina’s Carowinds, Virginia’s Kings Dominion, Minnesota’s Valleyfair and Michigan’s Adventure would not be opening in 2020 due to the pandemic. The top 20 theme parks in North America attracted 157 million visitors in 2019, according to TEA/AECOM. The hope was that once new Hollywood features arrived, so too would the audiences. The Walt Disney Company earns royalties from Tokyo Disneyland, … Valencia’s Magic Mountain — Six Flags’ most-attended park — remains closed. Canada’s Wonderland remains closed. Touring the real-life Hogwarts Castle might come with a coronavirus curse. Universal Orlando is laying off 1,123 salaried employees at its creative division, theme parks and resorts, the company disclosed Friday in a federally required notice of mass layoffs. Each park has … ... Former FDA chief: We won't have capacity to produce COVID … Comcast Corp's Universal Studios Orlando theme park will reopen to the public at reduced capacity on June 5, the company said on Thursday. Skip to Main Content. San Diego health officials would not comment on whether there have been any outbreaks at SeaWorld during the three weekends while the marine park has been partially reopened. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. Limited crowd capacity was the order of the day at its three parks: Universal Studios Florida (which opened at 9 a.m.), Islands of Adventure (9 a.m.) and Volcano Bay (10 a.m.). Only time will tell. 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California theme parks represent about one-third of the 20 largest theme parks in the U.S. Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego and Six Flags Magic Mountain attracted a combined 49 million visitors in 2019, according to Themed Entertainment Association/AECOM. Universal Studios Japan will open its new Nintendo themed area on Feb. 4, the Osaka-based theme park said on Monday, after pushing back the opening from the summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. Universal Studios Hollywood originally closed March 14 and initially expected to reopen March 28. Legoland theme parks have reopened in Florida, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. SEE ALSO: Are California theme parks too risky to reopen? Sign in to save COVID-19 Production HR Support Co-Op - FTC - London at Universal Studios. Learn more about our incredible theme park attractions in California such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and much more! By using this site you agree to our privacy policy. Universal joins Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in closing in response to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Pennsylvania is in the heart of America’s Roller Coaster Belt and home to Hersheypark along with a host of smaller parks such as Dorney Park, Kennywood, Idlewild and Knoebels. A COVID-19 outbreak or cluster is defined as two or more people with coronavirus who are linked to a potentially extensive transmission within a setting or organization, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There have been zero outbreaks reported in amusement parks in Virginia,” Virginia Department of Health spokesperson Erin Beard said via email. Forgot password? Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure both rank in the top 10 in terms of U.S. theme park attendance. Our theme Park remains temporarily closed. People staying in the Universal hotels get guaranteed entry even if at capacity. Images courtesy Getty, Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Studios Japan's Super Nintendo World area in Osaka has received an opening date and fans will be able to visit the highly anticipated theme park section early next year. There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the United States as California theme parks continue to await reopening guidelines from the state after six months of coronavirus closures. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have reported visiting Texas theme parks, but the Texas Department of State Health Services can’t directly connect any of their illnesses to the theme park visits, according to state health officials. Florida Health spokesperson Kevin Watler said there have been no COVID-19 clusters associated with Busch Gardens Tampa, which is located in Hillsborough County. Welcome to Universal Studios Hollywood! 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