Six Flags goes back to the future for Wild Safari reopening in age of coronavirus
Theme parks submitting plans for coronavirus-safe summer reopening
Theme parks like Six Flags Great Adventure are gearing up to reopen for summer with coronavirus safety measures in place. FOX Business’ Grady Trimble with more.
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Six Flags is reaching back to a beloved tradition at its Wild Safari park in New Jersey in an effort to resume operations in the age of the coronavirus.
For some 40 years, families, animal lovers and thrill-seekers took to their cars to drive through the Wild Safri park. But in 2013 the park banned cars and guests in favor of open-air group vehicles driven by Six Flags staff. Now those vehicles have been shelved in favor of personal cars and social distancing.
In a statement, the company said the safari is now "designed to be contact free" to ensure customer safety. In addition by "requiring advance reservations, we can regulate the amount of cars visiting the safari each day to ensure proper social distancing and eliminate overcrowding.”
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Six Flags' sister parks in New Jersey — Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor — will remain closed. They were slated to open part-time in April and seven days a week on May 21. Many of Six Flags' 26 parks around the world operate seasonally but in recent years some have moved to remain open all year long, such as Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses to rethink the way they operate, hence Six Flags’ taking a page out of its old playbook.
The park will now offer guests a self-guided experience through 1,200 exotic animals from six continents that spans 350 acres and 11 simulated natural habitats.