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How Could Theme Parks Go “Mask Free” In The Near Future?

The current theme park experience can be summed up in two words: it sucks. Between temperature checks, wearing a mask and limited offerings, going to a theme park in 2020 is a shell of its former self. It doesn’t just suck for guests, operators like Disney, Universal and Six Flags also have to adjust to

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IAAPA Expo 2020 In Orlando Has Been Cancelled

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The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has cancelled their annual convention in Orlando for 2020. A place where exhibitors can show off their latest technology, designs and innovations just doesn’t make sense until travel can return to normal. “IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year

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Theme Park Seeks $100k in Crowd Funding For Payroll and Future Development

2020 has been a kick in the gut to the themed entertainment industry. While there is hope that things could slowly return to some sort of normalcy for 2021, many operators are scrambling trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Some smaller attractions have already closed their doors. Many will need some sort

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Couple Charged In Sesame Place Assault Against 17-Year-Old Employee

There has never been a worse time to be a theme park employee than in 2020. On top of your normal duties, you have to do extra cleaning, ensure guests are social distancing and wearing a face covering. At least in one case, if they don’t like the new guidelines you’re told to enforce, you’ll

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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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