June 19, 2020 – Texas allowed amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus to reopen, this includes SeaWorld San Antonio, the nearby ZDT’s Amusement Park and Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo, which opened to the public. Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags Over Texas near Dallas also reopened to season passholders and members, and will reopen to the general public on Monday. Various safety protocols are in place, including required reservations, temperature checks, wearing of facial coverings and social distancing markers.
All the reopenings come as the state’s Coronavirus case continue to spike, including its biggest one-day increase so far. In fact, the surge in Texas is currently second only to Florida, which is recording record numbers of new cases on a daily basis.
All the parks are operating at 50% reduced capacity, although tiny ZDT’s will likely never reach that mark, with many safety guidelines in place, including social distancing on ride and spaced markers in line queues for attractions and concessions, as well as hand sanitizers everywhere. The SeaWorld and Six Flags parks also require online reservations to enter the parks, guests to wear face masks and have their temperatures taken upon entry. Wonderland and ZDT’s do not require online reservations and are encouraging guests to wear face coverings, but are not making it mandatory.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is implementing touchless temperature checks as guests walk through a tent near the front gates, allowing them to go through the screening machines without having to slow down appreciably. While rides are not cleaned after every or every other cycle, they are disinfected at least every 30 minutes, and, as with the parking lot spots, every other roller coaster seat row is left unoccupied. And some precautions are more subtle. In the Los Festivales area near the front entrance, for example, Mariachi Los Soberanos is playing from a second-floor balcony t0 better avoid interacting with guests.
SeaWorld already debuted their new GCI Texas Stingray coaster before the shutdown and Wonderland opened with two new attractions, the Spin-O-Saurus family coaster and the Old Tymers Car Ride, but there’s been no announcement from the Six Flags Fiesta Texas on the opening of their new Zamperla Air Race ride called Dare Devil Dive Flying Machines nor Aquaman: Power Wave, the new Mack Rides PowerSplash water coaster scheduled to open this summer at Six Flags Over Texas.
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