Monday, September 27, 2021

VIDEO: The Marine World Experience

By the end of April, 2020, all of California’s theme parks had closed under state order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Less than three months later, on July 4, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, in Vallejo (between Sacramento and San Francisco), reopened under state guidance for zoos and aquariums. InPark’s Joe Kleiman visited the park during its first week of reopening and asked spokesperson “Captain” Lee Munro about how the park was working to keep both animals and guests safe during the health emergency.

As a zoo, Discovery Kingdom reopened as The Marine World Experience, which harkened back to the park’s origins as a marine animal and wildlife park. Marine World/Africa USA opened south of San Francisco in Redwood City in 1968. In 1986, it relocated across both San Francisco and San Pablo Bays to Vallejo. With a brief exception at the end of 2020 and the beginning of the following year, when zoos were ordered closed and the park was transformed into a pair of drive-through experiences, The Marine World Experience operated continuously through the end of March 2021, after which Discovery Kingdom was allowed to reopen as a theme park with operating rides.

Highlighted in the video are the health and safety protocols established by Six Flags and used during the same period at their other parks throughout the country. If you look closely, you’ll even see team members in the background wiping down railings during our interview with park spokesperson “Captain” Lee Munro.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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