August 4, 2020 – North American amusement park chain Cedar Fair announced that four of their parks will not be opening this year and another two will be closing at the end of the month due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Carowinds in the Carolinas, Kings Dominion in Virginia, Valleyfair in Minnesota, and California’s Great America in Silicon Valley will remain closed for the 2020 season, while Worlds of Fun in Missouri and Dorney Park in Pennsylvania will cease operations after Labor Day weekend.
Other announcements made on the company’s website are that the chain’s two flagship parks in Ohio, Cedar Point and Kings Island have cancelled their popular Halloween Haunt events and both parks will close for the season on November 1st. Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California has also cancelled their stellar ScaryFarm Halloween event.
Kings Dominion announced it will spend the rest of the year completing various upgrade projects, including a revamp of the Coconut Shores section at Soak City water park with a mini-wave pool, a multi-level water play area and a dining venue. Carowinds expects to open in 2021 with a new attraction, the “Boogie Board Racer,” at its Carolina Harbor water park and a new nighttime festival called Grand Carnivale. California’s Great America expects to unveil changes to the former Boomerang Bay water park, now South Bay Shores, with seven water attractions, eight kiddie water slides, a lagoon play area and various dining and retail locations, in 2021. While Valleyfair are planning for exciting special events and park enhancements next year, including: Peanuts Celebration, a special event honoring the classic cartoons of Minnesota native Charles Schulz; Corn Feast, the park’s longest-standing event featuring 30,000 lbs. of free corn on the cob and corn eating competitions; and the new Lakeshore Landing event space, a new Corn Cart building where guests can watch corn roasting and popping through giant glass windows, and restroom renovations for an improved guest experience.
Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto was not included in Ontario’s Stage 3 re-openings last week, but remains hopeful that their previously submitted our plan for reopening to the provincial government will receive serious consideration in soon.
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