Apr 08, 2020 Joe Kleiman Asia, Attractions, Business, COVID-19, Europe & Middle East, Features, Headlines, Live Shows and Spectacles, Museums, News, North America, Theme Parks, Themed Resorts/Hotels, Water Parks, World Expos, World markets, Zoos & Aquariums Comments Off on Attraction closures and re-openings
By some estimates, 80-90% of the world’s attractions remain closed temporarily. This list examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the attractions industry by region, starting in China, moving on to Asia-Pacifc, Europe, and finally North America.
The first closures took place on the weekend of the Chinese New Year holiday, starting on Friday, January 25, 2020. By the end of the weekend, all attractions in mainland China and Hong Kong, including theme parks and museums had closed.
The first Japanese park to close was Sanrio Puroland on February 22. A week later, all of Japan’s theme parks were closing for a minimum two week period, including Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan. At the same time, museums were closed under government order in the hot spots of South Korea and Northern Italy. Further attraction closures followed in other parts of Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
The list is designed to follow the general flow of the virus around the globe by region. By reviewing it, two things become apparent.
First, there are no centralized standards for closing attractions during a global pandemic. Some territories mandated closures while in others they were voluntary. Standards for closure have varied from nation to nation and from state (or province) to state and even within local municipalities. In some territories, such as Australia, theme parks were found exempt from closure mandates that impacted other entertainment venues.
Second, as Kelly Ryner, President of Thinkwell Asia says, “there is light at the end of the tunnel.” The first two territories to shut down attractions – China and Japan – are now reopening their theme parks and museums, less than two months after closure. This list will be updated periodically to reflect both new closures and re-openings during the weeks and months ahead.
– Joe Kleiman, InPark Magazine News Editor 3/19/20
Because of the sheer number of venues impacted, the list does not include every attraction or nation impacted by the global health crisis. In addition to leading theme parks, we have selected one leading zoological association and one aquarium each for the East and West Coasts of the United States, the world’s oldest scientific zoo in London, and Europe’s two largest aquariums. Museums selected had the 20 highest attendances according to the 2018 TEA/AECOM Theme Index. Smithsonian museums have been condensed to a single entry. Through the status of the selected venues in each region, it is possible to understand the current conditions for all attractions in that region.
👍 Open ⛔ Closed 🚩 Select attractions open at resort
On March 20, 2020, the China Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (CAAPA), “Recently, at a press conference held by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the China State Council pointed out that the opening rate of Grade A attractions in 28 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) in China exceeded 30%, as well as more than 180 museums.” We have confirmed the following re-openings on a limited scale.
Fantawild – 👍 Ningbo Fantawild, 👍 Zhuzhou Fantawild Happy World and 👍 Fantawild Dream Kingdom opened March 26. 👍 Nanning Fantawild Asian Legend, 👍 Jinan Fantawild Oriental Heritage and 👍 Tai’an Fantawild Happy World opened March 28. ⛔ Shenyang Fantawild Happy World ⛔ Datong Fantawild Happy World re-opening April 1.
Kunming – 👍 Colorful Yunnan Paradise: open
Foshan – 👍 Shendi Happy Coast (OCT): open
Shenzhen – 👍 Shenzhen Splendid China Folk Village (OCT), 👍 Shenzhen Window of the World (OCT), 👍 Shenzhen Happy Valley (OCT) and 👍 Shenzhen Safari Park have re-opened.
Beijing – 👍 Beijing Wildlife Park – open.
Shanghai re-closures: As of March 30, the following re-opened attractions have been ordered closed by the Shanghai Municpal People’s Government – ⛔ Oriental Pearl TV Tower, ⛔ Jin Mao Tower, ⛔ Shanghai Tower, ⛔ Madame Tussauds and ⛔ Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park. Another 62 attractions have been ordered to close their indoor areas immediately, including 🚩 Shanghai Happy Valley (OCT), 🚩 Tianzifang, 🚩 Zhujiajiao water town , and 🚩 Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Reopening dates for all attractions TBA pending government approval
Changzhou – 👍 China Dinosaur Park: open, most transactions via app
Xi’an – 🚩 Huaxia Cultural Tourism Xi’an Resort – limited re-opening, currently restricted to scenic area. The resort’s recently re-opened ⛔ Xi’an Huaxia Cultural Tourism Ocean Kingdom has been ordered by the government to undergo a second closure, as has another marine life park in the region, ⛔ Xi’an Qujiang Polar Ocean Park. Reopening dates for both TBA.
🚩 Shanghai Disney Resort – theme park remains closed though shopping, dining, and recreational activities at DisneyTown, Wishing Star Park, and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel have resumed on limited basis.
⛔ Hong Kong Disneyland Resort – theme park closed TBA, hotels remain open with limited services.
⛔ Ocean Park Hong Kong – closed TBA
⛔ Chimelong Resorts – Guangzhou and Zhuhai both closed TBA
⛔ Lionsgate Entertainment World – closed TBA
🚩 Macau – casino resorts are open with phased attraction and show venue re-openings. 👍 The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams has resumed performances.
⛔ National Museum of China, Beijing, China – closed TBA
⛔ China Science Technology Museum, Beijing, China – closed TBA
👍 Zhejiang Museum, Hangzhou, China – opened March 26
👍 Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, China – operations resumed March 19
⛔ Tokyo Disney Resort – both theme parks, Ikspiari, and resort hotels closed through April 20 at the earliest.
⛔ Universal Studios Japan – closed through April 12 at earliest.
👍 LEGOLAND Japan Resort – open
👍 Fuji-Q Highland – all outdoor non-water attractions open. Park has started limiting number of guests granted entry each day.
👍 Nagashimi Spa Land – open, implemented ticketing system for coasters to eliminate lines as part of social distancing policy
⛔ Kamogawa Sea World – re-opened March 25, then closed April 4
⛔ SEGA Joypolis – closed TBA
⛔ SEGA Orbi Yokohama – closed TBA
👍 National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan – open with revised hours, guided tours have been cancelled
👍 Everland and 👍 Lotte World Adventure open with limited operations
All ⛔ Ancol and ⛔ Trans Studio parks closed
⛔ LEGOLAND Malaysia – closed through April 17
⛔ Resorts World Genting – entire resort complex, including hotels, casino, theme park, and attractions, is closed through April 14. In nearby Singapore, sister property ⛔ Resorts World Sentosa closed April 4, including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Dolphin Island. Only a few restaurants deemed essential for local residents remain open. Re-opening date TBA
Gold Coast theme parks ⛔ Dreamworld, ⛔ Warner Bros. Movie World, and ⛔ Sea World Gold Coast are all closed TBA
⛔ Gardaland – opening postponed to April 30 at earliest
⛔ Mirabilandia – opening postponed to May 1
⛔ Vatican Museums, Vatican, Vatican City – closed TBA
⛔ Disneyland Paris Resort – both theme parks, resort hotels, and Disney Village closed TBA.
⛔ Futuroscope – closed TBA
⛔ Marineland Antibes – closed TBA
⛔ Parc Asterix – opening postponed TBA
⛔ Louvre, Paris, France – closed TBA
⛔ PortAventura World – both theme parks, waterpark, and resort hotels closed TBA
⛔ Parque Warner Madrid – closed TBA
⛔ City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia – full complex closed TBA
⛔ Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain – closed TBA
⛔ LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort – closed through April 19
⛔ Heide Park Resort – opening postponed to April 19
⛔ Phantasialand – theme park and dinner show remain postponed through April 19
⛔ Europa-Park – Rulantica waterpark closed through April 18, theme park opening postponed through April 19
⛔ Tropical Islands Resort – closed through April 19
⛔ Drayton Manor – closed TBA
Merlin Entertainments theme parks – ⛔ Alton Towers – opening postponed TBA, ⛔ Thorpe Park – opening postponed TBA, ⛔ Chessington World of Adventure – closed TBA and ⛔ LEGOLAND Windsor – closed TBA
⛔ Blackpool Pleasure Beach – closed TBA
⛔ ZSL London Zoo – closed TBA
⛔ British Museum, London, U.K. – closed TBA
⛔ Tate Modern, London, U.K. – closed TBA
⛔ National Gallery, London, U.K. – closed TBA
⛔ Natural History Museum, London, U.K. – closed TBA
⛔ Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K. – closed TBA
⛔ Dream Island – closed through April 30
⛔ Moskvarium – closed through April 12
⛔ State Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia – closed TBA
Yas Island Attractions – ⛔ Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, ⛔ Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, ⛔ Yas Waterworld, ⛔ CLYMB closed TBA.
Dubai Parks & Resorts – ⛔ MOTIONGATE Dubai, ⛔ Bollywood Parks Dubai, ⛔ LEGOLAND Dubai, ⛔ LEGOLAND Dubai Waterpark closed TBA
⛔ IMG Worlds of Adventure – closed TBA
⛔ Disneyland Resort – both theme parks, resort hotels and Downtown Disney district closed TBA.
⛔ Walt Disney World Resort – all theme parks, waterparks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs closed TBA.
⛔ Universal Studios Hollywood – theme park and CityWalk closed through April 19.
⛔ Universal Orlando Resort – all theme parks, CityWalk, and resort hotels closed through April 19.
⛔ Six Flags Magic Mountain, ⛔ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, ⛔ Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, ⛔ Six Flags Over Georgia, ⛔ Six Flags Over Texas, ⛔ Six Flags Fiesta Texas, ⛔ Frontier City, ⛔ Six Flags St. Louis, ⛔ Six Flags America, ⛔ Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark all either temporarily closed or postponing opening until at least mid-May.
⛔ Knott’s Berry Farm – theme park, hotel, and Knott’s Marketplace closed through mid-May
⛔ Schlitterbahn Waterparks in New Braunfels and Galveston – closed through Mid-May.
⛔ California’s Great America, ⛔ Carowinds, ⛔ Kings Dominion – postponing openings to mid-May.
All ⛔ SeaWorld/Busch Gardens theme parks and waterparks closed TBA.
⛔ Silver Dollar City Attractions – theme park opening delayed TBA, campground remains open, Showboat Branson Belle has suspended operation TBA.
⛔ Dollywood Parks & Resorts – theme park and DreamMore Resort closed TBA.
⛔ Wild Adventures, ⛔ Newport Aquarium, ⛔ Adventure Aquarium – closed through May at earliest
⛔ LEGOLAND California Resort – closed TBA
⛔ LEGOLAND Florida Resort – closed TBA
⛔ Holiday World – opening postponed TBA
⛔ Kentucky Kingdom – scheduled to open during weekends starting beginning of May
⛔ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – closed TBA
⛔ Morey’s Piers – opening postponed to Mother’s Day Weekend (May 8-10).
Triple Five – ⛔ West Edmonton Mall: Mall, including theme park and waterpark, is closed except for essential services, re-opening TBA. ⛔ Mall of America: Entire property, including theme park and attractions, closed TBA. ⛔ American Dream: Entire property, including theme park and waterpark, closed TBA.
NASA Visitor Centers – ⛔Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: closed TBA. ⛔ Space Center Houston: closed TBA
⛔ San Diego Zoo and ⛔ San Diego Zoo Safari Park – closed TBA
⛔ Monterey Bay Aquarium – closed through at least April 26 at earliest
⛔ National Aquarium (Baltimore) – closed TBA
Wildlife Conservation Society – ⛔ Bronx Zoo, ⛔ Central Park Zoo, ⛔ Prospect Park Zoo, ⛔ Queens Zoo, and ⛔ NY Aquarium closed TBA
⛔ MGM International, ⛔ Wynn, and ⛔ Caesars have closed all company-owned casinos and resorts nationwide. On March 17, the Governor of Nevada decreed that all non-essential businesses, including casinos, be closed for a 30 day period. The order has since been extended through April 30.
⛔ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S. – closed TBA
⛔ Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, U.S. – All Smithsonian museums in New York and Washington and the National Zoo in Washington are closed TBA
⛔ American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, U.S. – closed TBA
⛔ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, U.S. – closed TBA
⛔ Cirque du Soleil – all traveling and resident Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group shows globally have been suspended TBA
👍 Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Rescheduled to July 23- August 8.
👍 Expo 2020 Dubai – currently scheduled to run October 20-April 10, 2021. However, the BIE will convene a meeting that will take place virtually on April 21, 2020, with the participation of members of the Committee – delegates of 12 elected Member States – as well as the Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes.
Members of the Committee will discuss the request of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to postpone the Expo. After consulting with the BIE, participating countries and key stakeholders, the UAE has proposed changing the dates to October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022.
The request of the UAE Government has been sent following in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee with the Organiser and the BIE on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A final decision on a change of dates can only be made by a two-thirds majority vote of BIE Member States, as stipulated by Article 28 of the 1928 Paris Convention.
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