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Knoebels, Dorney announce opening dates

Knoebels Amusement Resort and DorneyPark have announced opening dates.

Dorney Park is opening its doors on July 8 to season passholders.

The amusement park, based in Allentown, said it will using stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols in order to protect its vendors, associates and guests. Reservations will be required for all guests visiting the park, beginning June 30. The doors open to daily ticket holders on July 11.

The new protocols will include:

• A new online reservation system; each guest is required to have a reservation before their visit to enable capacity management;

• A requirement to complete a pre-visit health screening declaration 24 hours before admission;

• A touchless temperature screening before entering the facility for vendors, guests and park associates;

• Requirements for all guests, associates and vendors to wear face coverings as directed by the protocols;

• Social distancing markers throughout the park, including ride queue lines;

Dorney Park will be sending emails to season passholders inviting them to begin making reservations. All guests are asked to download Dorney Park’s free mobile app to make a reservation and facilitate their park visit. 2020 Season Passes have been extended through the entire 2021 season. An opening date for Wildwater Kingdom water park has yet to be determined.

Before Dorney Park’s official opening, the park is offering a limited-capacity, Fourth of July Drive-In Fireworks Show on July 4. The fireworks display will be accompanied by a patriotic soundtrack. For a $10 donation per car, guests are invited to park in the main parking lot for a close-up view of the display. All ticket proceeds will benefit the LVHN COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The show is limited to the first 1,500 vehicles. Ticket sales for the fireworks show are now open. For more information, visit www.dorneypark.com.

Knoebels will open Wednesday. Hours during the first few weeks of operation will be from noon until 8 p.m. The initial operating days will offer the opportunity to pay-per-ride with individual ride tickets only.

The park expects to open with 30+ rides and the majority of food stands, games and gift shops.

New procedures include:

• Placing more than 150 hand sanitizing stations throughout the park

• Installing sneeze guards at food stands, gift shops, guest services and handstamp

• Managing capacity via parking lot management, if necessary

Knoebels Amusement Park Carousel. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO