UK theme parks to re-open 4th July

Various locations, UK

27 June, 2020 – In line with the UK Government’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions, theme parks in England will be allowed to re-open from Saturday, 4th July. Social distancing measures will be in place, which may affect the parks regular operations. Most parks will limit visitors numbers to pre-booked tickets only, offer virtual queuing, keep indoor attractions closed, reduce shows and parades, and leave empty seats on some rides.

Everybody is entitled to a fun and safe visit to a theme park. Most parks will implement safety measures, but guests have a personal responsibility, too. Keep hands clean, respect others personal space, be patient with staff, wear face coverings if possible, and, most important of all, don’t go if feeling unwell. Stay updated – don’t forget to check the parks website, social media and app before visiting.

Theme parks in Northern Ireland will be allowed to open from Friday, 3rd July. Visitor attractions in Scotland have been given an indicative opening date of 15th July.  Wales is expected to allow guests in from 6th July. Here is a brief overview of the measures* undertaken by the UK’s most visited theme parks.  Please see the park websites for further information.

Adventure Island
Seasons passes bought before 4th July will be valid from 4th July. Further information to appear on their website and social media.

Alton Towers
Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Refreshment/catering changes. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE.

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Alton Towers Covid-19 measures. ©Alton Towers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Advance booking with new “eTicket” entry system. Random temperature checks on entry. Online food ordering system in development, with additional outdoor seating. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE. Guests may need to wear face coverings on certain rides.

Chessington World of Adventures
Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures, including rides cleaned every 30 minutes. Staff wearing PPE. Indoor attractions closed. Guests advised to wear face coverings as they will be required on some rides.

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Ride cleaning Covid-19 measures at Chessington. ©Chessington World of Adventures

Drayton Manor
Opening in phases: 4-17 July only Thomas Land, the Zoo, and selected family rides will be open. The other rides will be available from 18th July. Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking only, no tickets on the day. Virtual queuing app for rides and catering. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE. Guests advised to wear face coverings. No cash transactions, card only.

Flambards
Park is re-opening on 18th July. Missed months on season passes will be added. Restricted daily visitor numbers. Enhanced hygiene measures. Guests advised to wear face coverings.

Flamingoland
Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and a “keep left” policy. Indoor spaces closed. Limited catering availability. No cash transactions, card only.

Gullivers Parks
All annual passes valid during the lockdown will be extend by six months. Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups and markers on floors. Postponement of some shows. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE.

Legoland Windsor
Vast majority of rides will be open on 4th July, some will open later in the summer.  Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking only. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, rearranged dining areas, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE. Guests advised to wear face coverings, compulsory on some attractions.

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Ride cleaning Covid-19 measures at Legoland Windsor. ©Legoland Wndsor

Lightwater Valley
Opening on 18th July. Annual pass extensions possible. Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Some rides will not be open this summer, including The Ultimate, Raptor Attack and Apollo. Indoor play areas will be closed. Enhanced hygiene measures. Guests advised to wear face coverings, compulsory on some attractions.

Oakwood
Opens 20th July. Park and visitor attractions in Wales are subject to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament).

Paultons Park
Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking only, no tickets on the day. Virtual queuing app for rides and catering. Indoor attractions closed. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE. No cash transactions, card only. CoasterForce news article.

Thorpe Park
Restricted daily visitor numbers. Advance booking. Temperature checks and health monitoring. Distancing measures including empty rows between groups, markers on floors, and one-way systems. Enhanced hygiene measures. Staff wearing PPE. Some attractions may be unavailable. Guests advised to wear face coverings as they will be required on some rides.

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Ride cleaning Covid-19 measures at Thorpe Park.

 

We know you’re as desperate for a thrill fix as much as we are, but let’s not forget that theme parks could close again if the Covid-19 numbers increase. Please, please, please be sensible and follow all guidelines, and look after yourself and others. Please remember this article is for guidance only and you should check with the park itself before visiting. Have fun but stay safe!

Until the virus can be brought under control, social distancing measures and disruption to regular park operations are likely to be common place. One ride manufacturer, Zamperla, is already offering plexiglass installations for their new and existing rides. It is unknown if any Zamperla rides in the UK have used this modification.

 

Find out what CoasterForce members think of the Covid-19 measures.

* Information is correct at time of publication (27/06/20).