Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Return of Rides

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Thrill Capital of Northern California, today announced plans to open the park with the complement of world-class roller coasters, rides, and animals with a special exclusive preview for Members and Season Pass holders, April 1 and 2, then opening to the general public on April 3, 2021.

For the first time since March of last year, the park will operate its renowned collection of thrilling rides in accordance with state, county and local government guidelines. The park has safely hosted guests for the animal-focused, Marine World Experience, since July of 2020. In accordance with state and county reopening guidelines for theme parks, Six Flags will operate at reduced attendance levels utilizing the existing reservation system. The park is also continuing the implementation of extensive safety measures including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. The plan, developed in consultation with infectious disease experts, sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing protocols. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with state and county recommendations

“Californians are ready to visit their favorite Six Flags theme park and have some fun,” said Senior Vice President of Park Operations Bonnie Weber. ”Last year, we set the standard for operating our parks safely and entertained nearly seven million guests in adherence to government and CDC health guidelines. We will follow those same stringent guidelines as we reopen our rides and attractions in our California parks.”

“We are very excited to be able to offer our full selection of rides and attractions for the first time in over a year,” said Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Park President Janine Durette. “Six Flags creates wonderful memories through the incredible experiences we provide guests of all ages. We are excited to welcome more guests to the park and to bring back more of our dedicated team members.”

Park reopening dates are subject to change based on local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Hurricane Harbor Concord is expected to open at a future date based on current state guidance.

The park will continue to employ an online reservation system to manage attendance, schedule guests for entry by day, and to stagger arrival times to minimize proximity exposure. Other technologies used include:

  • State-of-the-art thermal imaging for temperature checks;
  • Advanced security screening technology for touchless bag checks; and
  • Expanded mobile food ordering.

Protocols for the Safe Operation of Rides

  • Easy-to-identify distance markers have been added in all ride queue lines;
  • Handrails, ride units, and restraints will be regularly sanitized throughout the day;
  • Riders on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions will be physically distanced in accordance with local and state guidelines; and
  • Masks must remain on while experiencing a ride or attraction.

Safer, Faster Way to Pay

  • Six Flags will only accept card and mobile payments; and
  • Cash may be converted to a card at new kiosks located throughout the park;

Existing safety plans include:

Park Reservations System to Control Capacity and Guest Entry

Six Flags has established attendance caps that are in accordance with current local and state guidelines to allow for proper social distancing and to verify in-state residence. All Members, Season Pass holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at Guests who need single day tickets will be able to reserve during the purchase process. The process will take 5-7 minutes, and guests will complete the following steps:

  • Enter their online order number, ticket number or Membership/Season Pass number;
  • Select the day and the approximate time they want to visit;
  • Acknowledge their understanding of the company’s health policy;
  • Acknowledge that they reside within the state of California, and thus are allowed entry into the park based on current state guidance;
  • Order pre-paid parking, if they do not already have a parking pass; and
  • Watch a brief video describing new social distancing and sanitization procedures.

Members and Season Pass Holders Get Exclusive Preview Days:

  • All Members on April 1;
  • All Members and Season Pass Holders on April 2; and
  • The General Public on April 3.

Safety Protocols can be found here.