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How Does A Theme Park Determine Their Numbers Prior To Opening? “Ask Buzz”

So you want to open a theme park, do ya? You’ve spent months researching and developing rides, shows and attractions. Maybe you already have started designing merchandise and coming up with unique recipes for your restaurants. Now you just need a pile of money and some shovels to start digging and you can get started,

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Theme Park Closes Due to Employee Contracting COVID-19

Could this be a trend among theme parks this summer? We have just learned a theme park has an employee that contracted COVID-19. As a result, they have closed their gates for two days to do a deep clean and will reopen on June 8. Known as “The Park at OWA” located in Alabama, they

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Do Theme Parks That Take Guest Temperatures Violate HIPAA Laws?

As theme parks move into unchartered territory, many concerns are being brought up that wouldn’t have even crossed our minds six months ago. Temperature checks continue to be something that nearly all parks across the United States are starting to roll out. We’ve run across this question a few times from our readers: do theme

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The Social Distancing/Mask Debate: Why Theme Parks Should Stick To Their Policies

Without question, the hottest topic of conversation in social media today surrounds masks and social distancing. Should you wear them? Should others? Does a business need to require them for customers? The debate is medical, political and moral. Literally a perfect storm to get people worked up no matter where you stand. Theme parks are

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SeaWorld Orlando Fumbles Reopening

As businesses around the United States start to reopen, everyone is looking at them under a microscope. Rightfully so considering we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Theme parks, in particular, are being watched closely simply because of their size and how many people congregate there on a daily basis. SeaWorld Orlando reopened

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Cedar Point, Kings Island and Kalahari Resort Sue State of Ohio To Reopen Parks

In a strange turn of events, theme parks are suing the state so they can reopen. In Ohio, Governor Mike Dewine has given the green light to open several types of attractions including zoos, aquariums, movie theaters and museums. However, theme parks like Cedar Point and Kings Island (owned by Cedar Fair) are still in

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Can Theme Parks Deny You Entry Without Wearing Masks?

Without question, the number one hot button topic for attraction operators today is: can a theme park require you to wear a mask? You can’t go on a Facebook group, message board or even have a conversation with friends without the topic of masks coming up. Keep in mind, the purpose of this article isn’t

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5 Things You Have to Keep in Mind As Theme Parks Reopen

I can’t think of a more complicated business to reopen than a theme park during these difficult times. No matter where you sit on the staying closed vs. reopening everything bandwagon, the public perception is what matters. Those waters are murky right now. Movie theaters, restaurants, retail locations: they can all follow each other’s lead

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee To Be First Tourism Destination in United States Reopening on May 1st

With the world on pause, many within the attractions industry are wondering what a “new normal” will look like. While most areas are still on lockdown of some sort, Tennessee recently said they will not be extending their stay-at-home order beyond April 30. This actually allows many businesses throughout Tennessee to reopen on May 1st

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5 Things Worth Binging During Your Time Off

Odds are, if you are in the attractions or entertainment business, you’ve found yourself with loads more time on your hands than you ever dreamed of having. Fortunately, there are loads of podcasts, videos and articles for you to binge during this time. If you’ve ever wanted to take a deep dive into “how the

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