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Short lines, coronavirus precautions greet visitors to Germany’s largest theme park for the fall season

Short lines, coronavirus precautions greet visitors to Germany’s largest theme park for the fall season


As the coronavirus resurges in Europe, the last thing many families are thinking about is a theme park vacation.


But this might be a good time to visit Europa Park in Germany.


The park is in Rust, a small town in southwestern Germany, about 2 ½ hours away from Kaiserslautern, between Freiburg im Breisgau and Strasbourg. It’s Germany’s largest theme park and is where I took my family for an early fall vacation.


We reserved a local apartment in the city rather than a hotel, as we didn’t want to be cramped.


Due to coronavirus restrictions, the park is limiting the number of tickets sold per day, and they are only available online.


Like any of the Disney theme parks, there are rides to suit almost everyone. The park

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  • October 23, 2020
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Tickets on Sale Now for World of Illumination’s ‘Socially Safe’ Theme Parks | National

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 16, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — World of Illumination, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show, has released tickets for the 2020 holiday season at https://tickets.worldofillumination.com. The company’s theme parks are located in Tempe and Glendale, Arizona, along with a brand new location in Marietta, Georgia on the grounds of Six Flags White Water.

World of Illumination’s drive-through light shows feature millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays synchronized to popular and beloved holiday music. The theme parks are uniquely COVID-friendly, as visitors can enjoy the shows from the safety and comfort of their cars. Online reservations are also required, making the experience totally touchless and socially safe, while simultaneously controlling traffic to decrease waiting times.

While all three theme parks have roughly the same number of RBG LED lights that can be customized to 16 million shades of color, the shows feature different elements so

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  • October 16, 2020
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Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze in Indiana has Star Wars theme in 2020

Other activities include a pumpkin patch with more than 40 varieties of pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and sizes. Guests can choose between pre-picked pumpkins and those that can be taken right off the vine. A pricing guide is located near the pumpkin patch to help you determine how much your pumpkins will cost.

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The Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is also home to 18 family-friendly games and play areas, including Ga-ga ball, a different version of dodgeball, and Straw Mountain, which lets children explore tunnels and a slide situated among bales of straw.

The market offers sweet treats including doughnuts, cookies and certain fall-themed delicacies.

This is the Corn Box, one of 18 fall-themed attractions at the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, located in Waterloo, Indiana.

This is the Corn Box, one of 18 fall-themed attractions at the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, located in Waterloo, Ind.

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  • September 29, 2020
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Halloween will be different at Disney World and Florida theme parks, but here’s how they’re still celebrating

Halloween at theme parks may be a little different this year, with some signature Halloween events canceled, but that doesn’t mean spooky celebrations won’t take place at all.

COVID-19 has scared some ghosts and goblins away, but depending on your comfort level in getting out amid the pandemic, there are still plenty of options to be had in Florida.

California theme parks remain closed for now, though they’ve urged California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow them to reopen.

Here’s what’s going on at Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and other theme parks around the Orlando, Florida, area, as curated by Florida Today, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

Is Halloween canceled? As parents and attractions gear up to celebrate, medical experts stress caution

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The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store at Universal Orlando features specialty merchandise inspired by the history of the popular annual event.
The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store at Universal Orlando features specialty merchandise inspired by the history of
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  • September 24, 2020
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Disney World to Cut Theme Park Hours Due to Lower-Than-Expected Attendance amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Disney World will be reducing their operating hours in September amid lower-than-expected attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Florida theme park shared its revised hours on the Disney World website over the weekend.

The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are both losing an hour of operation at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Epcot is cutting back by two hours and the Animal Kingdom is losing an hour in the morning and an hour at the end of the day.

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Disney World’s new hours set to begin on Sept. 8 are:

Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Epcot: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disney World officially reopened on July 11 after shutting down all operations in mid-March

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Theme Parks Face Tough Tech Investment Choices

Disney’s Epcot park and Hollywood Studios in Florida reopened their doors to visitors on Thursday, after the company’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on July 11 in Orlando. The moves symbolized a broader reopening by theme parks in countries worldwide.

The reopenings dovetail with hard decisions. Cash-strapped theme park owners must evaluate which technological investments they can afford and which will deliver the best long-term return.

“It’s a tough time right now for any theme park to be thinking about capital investments,” said Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider.

“Many chains have had to rush forward development of new apps to support mobile ordering, advance reservations, and other customer service features that they needed to promote safe physical distancing in the parks,” Niles said. “But the lack of income over the past several months, coupled with much lower than expected income over the year ahead, will keep most

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