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Cedar Fair reveals reopening plans and attractions for 2021

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has unveiled reopening plans and new attractions for its locations across the US during 2021.

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Cedar Fair is reopening its properties with a host of new attractions, including the South Bay Shores water park at California’s Great America and a cliff-jumping attraction at Canada’s Wonderland.

“Our primary goal for the 2021 season is to fully reopen all of our properties and provide our guests with fun, dynamic and memorable experiences they can share with their family and friends,” said Tim Fisher, chief operating officer at Cedar Fair.

“We are optimistic that attendance levels at our parks and resort properties will significantly improve in 2021, particularly as COVID-19 vaccines become more broadly available.”

California’s Great America will debut the South Bay Shores water park when it reopens in May. New offerings include seven aquatic attractions, two restaurants, premium cabanas and retail outlets.

Mountain Bay Cliffs

Mountain Bay Cliffs at Canada’s Wonderland

South Bay Shores‘ signature attractions include Pacific Surge, a water slide complex with four free-fall drop slides and two tube slides, and the Tide Pool children’s lagoon play area with eight mini water slides.

Canada’s Wonderland is preparing to reopen with new experiences including Mountain Bay Cliffs, a cliff-jumping attraction located above Splash Works and Beagle Brigade Airfield.

Carowinds is reopening on May 22 when Carolina Harbor water park will debut Boogie Board Racer, the longest mat-racing water slide in the Southeast. Carowinds is also debuting a new cultural celebration with global cuisine called Grand Carnivale.

Cedar Point is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2021. The attraction opens on May 14 and will introduce the Snake River Expedition family boat ride. There will also be a new parade, commemorative merchandise, and new F&B.

Cedar Point Shores Waterpark is set to open Memorial Day weekend, as is Wildwater Kingdom. Dorney Park is scheduled to open on May 22.

Snake River Expedition

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Wildwater Kingdom will open with a new, multi-level, beach-themed play structure called Seaside Splashworks. It features more than 75 play elements for children.

Kings Dominion is reopening on May 22. It will launch the redesigned area of the Soak City water park, Coconut Shores. This includes new dining location Beach Street.

Coconut Shores will also include two family-friendly attractions, a mini wave pool called Sand Dune Lagoon, and an aqua play structure with interactive elements and eight slides called Lighthouse Landing.

Kings Island is launching a luxury outdoor resort and RV park when it opens on May 15. This is called Kings Island Camp Cedar.

Coconut Shores

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Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City are preparing to reopen in May. The theme park plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary with festive decor, themed food, exclusive merchandise and thrilling entertainment.

Michigan’s Adventure will debut Camp Snoopy when it opens on May 29. The Peanuts-themed area boasts five family rides – Woodstock Express, Camp Bus, Beagle Scout Lookout, Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and Peanuts Trailblazers.

Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels) has been refurbished and renovated ahead of its reopening on May 8, while Schlitterbahn (Galveston) has received a makeover and reopens on May 15.

Valleyfair reopens on May 22 with the new Grand Carnivale, and Worlds of Fun also kicks off its season on May 22. Oceans of Fun water park opens on May 29 and debuts the world’s longest mat-racing slide, Riptide Raceway.

In preparation for reopening, Cedar Fair expects to hire around 45,000 seasonal associates across its 12 locations in the US during 2021. 

Images: Cedar Fair

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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