In accordance with Governor Murphy’s opening guidelines for amusement parks, Six Flags Great Adventure will begin operating at reduced attendance levels and in preview mode beginning July 3 for Members and Season Pass Holders only, and to the general public beginning July 4. After the parks preview phase, it will gradually increase attendance levels through the month.
The park is implementing extensive new safety and hygiene protocols, including new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. In order to manage attendance, guests must make online reservations to guarantee entry, and there will be staggered arrival times to minimize the exposure to other guests.
“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible. This ’new normal’ will be different in some ways, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment,” says Six Flags president and CEO Mike Spanos.
New health and safety protocols that comply with CDC and state guidelines will be implemented into the park, including state-of-the-art thermal imaging for temperature checks, advanced security screening technology for touchless bag checks, and mobile food orders. Guests must adhere to a new list of safety guidelines and requirements regarding:
- Screening and temperature checks: Guests can expect contactless IR thermal imaging to screen temperatures. Individuals will also be asked if they have recently been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Face masks: All guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth. Face masks will be available for purchase at the front gate.
- Social distancing: There will be easy to identity distance marks in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail location and dining lines. Dining areas will be adjusted to allow space between parties. Guests will also be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all rides and attractions. Capacity at indoor venues will be reduced.
- Sanitization and disinfecting: Team members will frequently sanitize and disinfect high-touch points. Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park.
- Food preparation and service: Mobile food ordering will be implemented to facilitate touchless transactions. Beverages will be served by attendants; any drink bottle refills will be served in a paper cup each time guests refill.
- Online reservations: Six Flags will establish attendance caps that will be well below the park’s theoretical capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass Holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve.
The parks significant changes are designed to improve visitors overall park experience, while keeping guests and employees safe. Park officials ensure that the parks’ reopening plan meets or exceeds the sanitization, hygiene, and social distanced guidelines issued by federal, state and local governments.
The park will also offer “mask break zones” in select locations to provide socially-distanced areas for guests who wish to temporarily remove their masks.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will not be open right away. A preview date is expected forthcoming.
For more information about Six Flag Great Adventure’s opening and to reserve tickets online, visit sixflags.com/greatadventure. The park has also included a safety video and guide, found here, to encourage safety protocols for park re-opening.