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Indiana and nearby theme parks put openings on hold

Holiday World says June, others hope for mid-May
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Posted at 10:10 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 22:10:38-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- This is normally the time of year when we start thinking about trips to one of the theme parks in or near Indiana.

Those plans will have to be put on hold. The pandemic is forcing the popular attractions to postpone openings.

This week, Holiday World and Splashin Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana announced a delayed opening until early-June.

"During his twenty-some years serving Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari as park president, my dad—Will Koch Jr.—never missed an opening day. Especially not when a new attraction was on the line," said owner Leah Koch. "We do everything in our power to uphold his same standard—though circumstances beyond our control may intervene."

"We’re still watching reports about COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization carefully and consulting with our colleagues at other parks to figure out how to keep our Team Members and Guests safe when we do reopen." said Koch.

Koch said the park's kitchen have been professionally cleaned and hand sanitizer will be available all over the grounds. "In the meantime, we’re continuing to hire seasonal employees and we’re doing our best to train people online." she said.

Three other theme parks popular with Hoosiers are a little more optimistic about opening. Kings Island, Cedar Point and Kentucky Kingdom are hoping they can start up in mid-May.