It was supposed to be an historic summer.
It has certainly been a memorable one for Cedar Point, but not for the reasons they expected.
There were supposed to be parades, special foods, a new family attraction and fanfare to mark the amusement park’s 150th anniversary.
Instead, the park didn’t open as scheduled in May amid concerns over the coronavirus.
And when the gates finally open on Thursday, it will be far from business as usual at America’s Roller Coast.
The celebrations to mark the park’s milestone have been pushed aside for a year as the focus this season will be on keeping guests and park workers healthy and virus free.
The park will be only open to season pass-holders and guests staying at a resort hotel through at least July 22. Pass-holders can have two active reservations at any given time.
Reservations are required, and no one will be allowed to just stroll up to the gate and buy a ticket.
The park will be limiting its hours, too.
It will open at 11 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. nightly through Sept. 7.
Before heading to the park, one guest in a party is required to download the park’s app where they will have to fill out a health questionnaire for all members of the group before arriving.
If the group doesn’t pass the assessment, they will be asked to reschedule their visit.
Failure to complete the questionnaire in advance will result in the party being turned away at the gate.
You will also be required to activate the location services on the phone’s app. Cedar Point says this allows them to send the party “real-time updates about social distancing and procedures.”
The moment you exit your vehicles, you are required to wear a mask. Masks are required at all times inside of the park, including on rides.
The only exception will be when eating or drinking. The park has removed some tables at eateries throughout the park to allow social distancing.
There are also RelaxZones inside of the park where guests will be allowed to remove the masks and take a breather.
But before you will be allowed to stroll around the park, you have to pass through a thermal screening tent where temperatures are read.
Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 will not be allowed to enter the park and will have to reschedule his or her visit.
Cedar Point warns not all rides or attractions will be open on any given day. Daily updates of ride availability will be on the park’s app.
The park has already announced that its Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island area and the Snoopy Bounce attraction will not open this summer.
Snake River Falls and the new Snake River Expedition boat ride will not open until next summer.
The Cedar Point Shores waterpark will also remain closed this summer.
The park will not sell any Fast Lane wristbands, but those who have already purchased them will be allowed to use them this summer.
The park is also asking guests to avoid using cash and pay for things by bank or credit cards or through its app.
The amusement park is also going smoke free inside of its gates. Smoking will only be permitted in a designated area outside of the park.