Deno's Wonder Wheel
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When will amusement parks reopen? Here's what thrill-seekers can expect

Things are going to look different.

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Update: As of Sept 3, there aren't plans to open theme parks in New York State, as they are still considered high-risk entertainment options. 

Summer 2020 certainly isn't shaping up the way we thought it would. 

Typically, the season involves a handful of theme parks visits, but roller coaster rides and loops on carousels have been put on hold. As of July 23, our favorite kids' amusement parks in New York have not received the green light to welcome back visitors. However, theme parks in neighboring states are slowly starting to return to (a new) normal. See what's happening with your favorite spot below. 

Check back, as we plan to update this frequently. If you have questions about a theme park, contact the attraction directly. 

Deno's Wonder Wheel (Coney Island, Brooklyn) 

The beloved Deno's Wonder Wheel will open when given permission from the city and state.

The park's social media manager noted that visitors should expect to see plexiglass partitions, hand sanitizer stations and social distancing markers when they do return. 

Luna Park (Coney Island, Brooklyn) 

The Coney Island summer oasis is planning to operate according to city and state officials.

According to a statement from the team, "We have been building on the many existing safety measures at our amusement park and will be implementing public health protocols according to CDC and health agencies’ guidelines to maximize the protection of our guests and team members. Moreover, we will be taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by operating at a controlled and reduced capacity, mandating the use of face masks for all our guests and team members, strategically deploying hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the amusement park, increasing the frequency of sanitization and disinfection of all surfaces and enforcing social distancing across all sites."

Adventureland (Farmingdale, New York) 

The Long Island theme park will open when the state says it is safe to do so.

According to park manager, Steve Gentile, "We will have reduced park capacity, plenty of hand sanitation stations throughout the park, social distancing will be practiced and face masks will be required. These are just a few of the safety measures we will be implementing for the safety of our guests and employees."

Currently, the theme park is hosting "Quarantainment," a drive-in evening of food, movies and games. 

Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson Township, New Jersey)

Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor are currently open and require reservations for all visitors, including pass holders and members. 

According to the attraction's website, "To meet state social distancing guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our guests, all visits to the park must be pre-scheduled using our online reservation system."

Visit nj.gov to learn more about New Jersey's reopening plans. 

Morey's Piers and Water Parks (Wildwood, New Jersey) 

Morey Piers is currently open, and operating under new safety guidelines. Currently, it is operating at 50 percent capacity. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended. 

Visit nj.gov to learn more about New Jersey's reopening plans. 

Sesame Place (Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Sesame Place will reopen on July 24 with new safety procedures in place. Reservations are required. 

Visit governor.pa.gov to learn more about Pennsylvania's reopening plans. 

Hersheypark (Hershey, Pennsylvania) 

The family hotspot is open and implemented new safety protocols.

According to Garrett Gallia of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, the park will require initiatives such as, "social distancing, capacity management, queue line management, a planned park and ride reservations system, COVID-19 specific training, touch-less hand sanitizers, increased sanitation schedules and the use of personal protective equipment."

Visit governor.pa.gov to learn more about Pennsylvania's reopening plans. 

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