I have been watching Busch Gardens in Florida and Texas to see how they were planning on handling their re-opening. This has lead to Busch Gardens Williamsburg releasing some information about what we should expect to see. As the Florida park is opening very soon and the Texas park is open they are getting to figure out what works before we have to test it!
To be clear we don’t have a date for when the park will reopen.
What Will It Look Like When Busch Gardens Williamsburg Reopens
Reservation- Based Admission– all visits will require online advice reservations. Even for membership holders. Remember if you have a membership you got an automatic upgrade and will have your pass some months for free.
Temperature Screening– Employees and guests must pass temperature screening.
Parades and Meet and Greets– Queue lines for all rides will have markings for physical distancing and modified seating will be implemented to maintain physical distancing. We will have hand sanitizer available at the entrance and exit of all rides and will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing. Specific protocols will be implemented for water rides for employees and guests and unless play areas meet distancing protocols, they will be temporarily closed. ** A Frugal Chick predicts when the park opens we will not see all the shows we are used to. **
Rides and Attractions– Queue lines for all rides will have markings for physical distancing and modified seating will be implemented to maintain physical distancing. We will have hand sanitizer available at the entrance and exit of all rides and will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing. Specific protocols will be implemented for water rides for employees and guests and unless play areas meet distancing protocols, they will be temporarily closed.
Public Spaces– Across the parks and especially in high-contact areas, enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented. This includes an increased number of hand sanitizer stations, areas with single-direction guest flow, modified seating in venues to maintain physical distancing and cleaning according to enhanced protocols.
Masks– Employees and guests of 2 years or older MUST wear face coverings while in the park when not eating or drinking or in designated “relaxation areas” of the park.
Physical Distancing– To promote proper physical distancing throughout the parks, we will install signage and markings throughout our guest areas (including on the ground) to identify appropriate, six-foot physical distancing. Lounge chair seating will also be modified to maintain physical distancing. We also encourage contactless payments and plexi-glass will be installed in high-traffic or close-contact areas to maintain a physical barrier.
Ticketing– Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented at arrival areas and for high-contact surfaces. Spacing will also be increased for touchless turnstiles enabling appropriate physical distancing.
Restaurants– Restaurants across the parks will include arranged seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing. Tables and chairs will be sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations will be closed, utensils will be pre-packaged, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives. In lieu of traditional menus, single-use paper menus will be used and additional grab-and-go and pre-packaged food offerings will be added. Buffet-style service areas will be adjusted or closed until further notice.
Increased Sanitation– Restrooms, Hand Sanitizer and hand washing stations are added throughout the park.
Contactless Payment– Apple Pay, Android Pay, Google Wallet and More will be added through the park. ** A Frugal Chick makes a note to set one of those up for herself. **