Idlewild and SoakZone is joining a growing list of amusement parks across the United States who have delayed their season openings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Park management announced Wednesday on the Idlewild and SoakZone website and social media pages that it would not be ready to launch the Ligonier Township amusement park’s 143rd season on Saturday, May 16 as scheduled.
A new opening date has not yet been determined.
“While it’s too soon to confidently provide an opening date, please know we remain committed to opening Idlewild and SoakZone this summer for you to enjoy as soon as safely possible,” the release said.
Idlewild is extending all 2020 season passes through the end of June 2021 at no cost to pass holders, who will be able to further extend those passes through the remainder of the 2021 season at a discount. This extension applies to season passes purchased on or before April 1, 2020.
Pre-purchased Good Any Day, Limited Operation and Date-Restricted admission tickets will be valid for any day of Idlewild’s 2020 Summer Season.
Registered Preschool Play Passes may be activated at any time during the season, an Idlewild representative posted in response to questions on social media. The park is still determining how to address additional pass holder perks and add-on values including the summer dining plan and all-season souvenir drink cups.
Group outing coordinators should contact Idlewild’s Group Sales Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule any organization or school picnics originally planned for early this season.
Idlewild offices are currently closed per Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown order for all of Pennsylvania’s non-life-sustaining businesses, but customers can email questions to the Guest Services Team at email@example.com.
The park is still accepting applications for seasonal jobs and summer internships and conducting virtual interviews with candidates. Applications can be submitted at www.idlewild.com/employment.
Once open to the public, Idlewild will follow federal and state health guidelines and implement several procedures to protect employees and guests including: cleaning and sanitizing rides; promoting social distancing, hand-washing and respiratory hygiene; installing hand-sanitizing dispensers around the park; and encouraging staff and guests to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with the new coronavirus or suspected of contracting the disease.
Additional information regarding the COVID-19 situation will be forthcoming on the Idlewild and SoakZone website at www.idlewild.com/covid-19 and via the park’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Idlewild’s sister parks in Western Pennsylvania – Kennywood Park in West Mifflin and Sandcastle Waterpark in Homestead – also announced this week they would postpone their respective openings. Kennywood was slated to open on May 2, with Sandcastle following on May 23.