Two more theme parks announced that their parking lots will be used to help distribution COVID-19 vaccines.
Maryland’s Six Flags America opened its site on Friday. It planned on administering only 250 doses on its first day, but will eventually ramp up to 6,000 shots daily, according to The Baltimore Sun.
California’s Great America in Santa Clara will open its parking lot on Monday to support the vaccine site being set up at nearby Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
— California’s Great America (@CAGreatAmerica) February 5, 2021
Widespread vaccine distribution is the fastest route for preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations and death and ending the pandemic, along with helping California parks reopen. Great America is the third park in the state to be utilized for the vaccine rollout along with Disneyland and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Disney World won’t hold parade for Super Bowl champion this year
Parades have been canceled at Walt Disney World since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and even winning a Super Bowl doesn’t earn an exception.
Disney confirmed on its official Parks Blog that the annual tradition will be put on hold this year, but you can still expect to see the typical “I’m going to Disney World!” commercial on Sunday.
The Kansas City Chiefs-Tampa Bay Buccaneers matchup features two quarterbacks who are familiar with Disney World. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes starred in last year’s commercial and Magic Kingdom parade. Tom Brady of the Bucs has been the special post-Super Bowl guest three times after championships with the New England Patriots: 2002, 2004 and 2019.
Universal’s Volcano Bay reopens Feb. 27
Universal Orlando will reopen its Volcano Bay water park on Feb. 27, following an almost four-month closure.
The park had started what Universal called a “seasonal closure” on Nov. 2, promising it would reopen “on or before March 1.” Besides 2020’s COVID-19 shutdown, this was the first time Volcano Bay was closed for an extended period for maintenance purposes since it debuted in 2017.
Upon reopening, Volcano Bay will still limit capacity, but reservations will not be required. Guests will still need to observe physical distancing and wear face masks while entering and exiting the parks and inside restaurants and shops, but masks are not allowed in pool areas or on slides.
Universal did not specify what parts of the park received attention during the closure. The Orlando Sentinel reported last August that since Volcano Bay opened in 2017, 73 injury claims have been filed involving its slides, and 115 people have been hurt on Punga Racers, including one man who is now paralyzed.
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