Latest Amusement and theme parks News

Gatlinburg attractions optimistic as businesses reopen

May. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attractions in Gatlinburg are optimistic for an increase in visitors as summer approaches and businesses reopen. Marcus Watson, marketing manager for SkyLift Gatlinburg, said the area enjoyed a busy weekend after many attractions in Sevier County opened May 22. “We expect to...

A woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in New York. The memorial is part of the Naming the Lost project which attempts to humanize the victims who are often just listed as statistics. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The Latest: 400 German managers, workers returning to China

May. 29, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Two United Nations peacekeepers serving in Mali have died...

Ernie, not last name given, plays in the water at the just re-opened city owned Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark in Grand Prairie, Texas, Friday, May 29, 2020. Water parks in Texas were allowed to reopen today. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Not all water parks reopen despite eased Abbott restrictions

May. 29, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It may be days or weeks before some Texas water parks reopen, despite Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing many to reopen Friday. Earlier this week, Abbott loosened restrictions on water parks to allow 25% occupancy of their capacity, as well as shopping mall food courts with social...

Universal Orlando plans to reopen resort hotels on June 2

May. 29, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando plans to reopen its hotels to guests on June 2, more than two months after they were closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement sent Friday, Universal said the hotels will be carefully managed in phases, and will reopen with a range of best...

Maryland governor issues 2 orders related to coronavirus

May. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday extended a moratorium on utility shutoffs and residential late fees to July 1. It prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service provider companies from shutting off residential customer service or charging any...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, part of the Orlando area in Fla. Officials from SeaWorld and Disney World say they hope to open their theme parks in Orlando, Fla., in June and July. A city task force approved the plans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

May. 27, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force. The proposals will now be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval....

AT&T, Walt Disney rise; Twitter, Amazon fall

May. 27, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Wednesday: Amazon.com Inc., down $11.47 to $2,410.39. The e-commerce giant is considering buying self-driving car technology company Zoox, according to media reports. AT&T Inc., up $1.03 to $31.85. The telecommunication and media...

Spirit Airlines resuming W.Va.-to-Myrtle Beach service

May. 27, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

Spirit Airlines is resuming seasonal flights July 2 from West Virginia to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Officials at Yeager Airport in Charleston made the announcement Wednesday. An airport news release said the flights are scheduled to operate on Thursdays and Sundays through Sept. 6. The flights were supposed...

Abbott reopens water parks, food courts, adult rec sports

May. 26, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took another step Tuesday in his phased reopening of statewide activities after the coronavirus lockdown. The Republican governor issued a proclamation that allows the reopening of water parks and shopping mall food courts and the resumption of adult recreational...