Valleyfair Amusement Park Update

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March 12, 2021 Update

Valleyfair has announced its 2021 Season Operating Calendar and we look forward to welcoming you back for what is sure to be an AWESOME season.

The park will officially open its gates to the general public on Saturday, May 22, and Soak City Waterpark will open on Saturday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Key Park Dates

  • Valleyfair Opening Day: Saturday, May 22
  • Soak City Waterpark will open on Saturday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Grand Carnivale: July 24-August 8

View the 2021 Operating Calendar.

As a reminder, all 2020 Season Passes will be honored during the 2021 season.

Valleyfair continues to monitor the ever-changing conditions surrounding the pandemic and is actively working with health experts and government officials to maintain the highest safety standards for guests and associates. Guests are encouraged to go to Valleyfair.com for the latest updates on requirements, policies, and safety protocols for the 2021 season, as these guidelines may be revised prior to opening day.

Seasonal employment opportunities are available, and our new hiring process helps applicants apply and interview virtually. More details can be found at Valleyfair.com/Jobs.

We are excited to announce Valleyfair’s Opening Day - May 22 - and we look forward to welcoming you back to a fun and safe environment. We continue to monitor state guidelines and work with industry and government officials to ensure our reopening plan meets all required health and safety regulations. 

To ensure you and your family enjoy the park safely, several operational changes will be in effect upon reopening. To learn about enhanced health and safety measures please visit the What To Expect When We Reopen section of our website which provides essential information for pre-arrival planning, what you'll see when you arrive, and how to make the most of your visit while in the park. 

As a reminder, all 2020 PreK, Regular, Gold, and Platinum Season Passes (as well as purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products) have been extended through the 2021 Season, according to pass type. Unused 2020 park admission tickets are also valid through September 6, 2021. 

Stay tuned for additional park news and frequent updates in the months to come!

A Message from Raul Rehnborg, Vice President & General Manager of Valleyfair

Today, Valleyfair announced that it would remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to the ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The safety of our guests and associates is always our top priority. Although we have done our due diligence in developing a comprehensive safety plan in accordance with industry and public health standards, the continued uncertainty in our region surrounding COVID-19 as well as the diminishing number of calendar days left in the 2020 season, has brought us to the difficult decision to keep the park closed for the rest of the year. 

As you know, we previously extended 2020 Season Passes and add-on products to be valid through 2021. To further show our commitment and appreciation, all 2020 Season Passholders will now also receive a Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward valid for purchases within the park next season. Day tickets sold for the 2020 season will be valid through September 6, 2021. Finally, any Pre-K Passes that were registered or activated in 2020 will be valid through 2021. Affected guests will receive an email with relevant details. Season Passes for 2021 will be available for purchase beginning September 8, 2020.

The park team is already hard at work getting ready for a thrilling 2021. As we look ahead, our team will continue to work with public health authorities to ensure that our guests and associates can return to fun in a safe environment next season. We are planning for exciting special events and park enhancements, including:

  • Peanuts Celebration, a special event honoring the classic cartoons of Minnesota native Charles Schulz;
  • Corn Feast, the park’s longest-standing event featuring 30,000 lbs. of free corn on the cob and corn eating competitions; and
  • The new Lakeshore Landing event space, a new Corn Cart building where guests can watch corn roasting and popping through giant glass windows, and restroom renovations for an improved guest experience.

We thank our guests and associates for their continued loyalty and support during this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing you at the park in 2021.

A Message from Raul Rehnborg, Vice President & General Manager of Valleyfair

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) matter remains a part of our daily lives, the team at Valleyfair continues to work with health and safety experts as we plan for increased safety measures and operational changes throughout our park.  We are in constant communication with our state and federal governments and are looking forward to welcoming you back just as soon as it is safe to do so.  Although our reopen date is still uncertain, here are a few things we can share:

  • We continue to update and enhance our park with the new Lakeshore Landing event space, a larger and more efficient Coca-Cola Refresh station near the front gate, and a new Corn Cart building where guests can watch corn roasting and popping through giant glass windows. Learn more here
  • The Peanuts Celebration, honoring the classic cartoons of Minnesota native Charles Schulz, will unfortunately be postponed to 2021 
  • Grand Carnivale, the immersive evening parade and international street festival, will also be postponed to 2021 
  • Monster Jam® Thunder Alley™ will not take place in 2020 

As previously announced, we have extended the validity of all 2020 Season Passes and Season Pass Add-On Products through the 2021 season, plus we have paused Easy Pay billing while the park is closed*.  Likewise, we will continue to work with guests who may have prepaid single-day tickets valid for days during our temporary park closure. Ticket inquiries may be directed through our online form.

The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. We want to assure you that when we do open, Valleyfair will continue to be a safe and fun environment for all.  Our team is 100% committed to this promise. And we are working alongside industry experts and government officials toward this shared goal. We will keep you updated as we move forward; in the meantime, we thank you for your loyalty and continued support.

*2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass add-on products (if applicable) will be valid through the 2021 Season according to pass type. Pre-K Passes will be valid for 2020 only. For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended, and will remain suspended while the park is closed.  When the park reopens, billing will resume.  Passholders will need to be current on payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

A Message from Raul Rehnborg, Vice President & General Manager of Valleyfair

As we face these unprecedented circumstances, I want to thank you for your support of Valleyfair. We continue to monitor and follow local and national health directives while preparing to open our park as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, I want to share information on how we will manage 2020 Season Passholder benefits:

  • 2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products (if applicable) will be valid for the remainder of 2020 when our park is able to reopen.  
  • Additionally, we will extend the validity dates for current 2020 Season Passes* (as well as purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products) through the 2021 Season according to pass type.
  • For 2020 Season Passholders participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended as of April 8, 2020, and will remain suspended while the park is closed.  When the park reopens, billing will resume.  Passholders will need to be current on payments to receive both 2020 and 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

Likewise, we will continue to work with Guests who have prepaid single-day tickets during the time period of our temporary park closure. Ticket inquiries may be directed guest services through our online form.

We want nothing more than to reopen our park and welcome you back, but our priority for now is to keep everyone safe. This is a challenging time for us all, and we thank you again for your understanding and loyalty to Valleyfair.

*2020 Pre-K Pass will be valid during 2020 only.

At Cedar Fair, the safety and well-being of our Guests and Associates are always our top priorities.

We have been continuously monitoring and following regional and national health directives related to COVID-19 and we want to keep you informed on how these events will impact our park schedule. Currently, it is our hope to open Valleyfair as originally scheduled in mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible. 

We appreciate the support and cooperation of our Guests and Associates during this ever-evolving situation. Your loyalty to Valleyfair is invaluable. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

At Cedar Fair, there is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and associates. This is our highest priority now and always.

As we continue to monitor developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide you with another update regarding our parks. We will be temporarily closing Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA and both Schlitterbahn Waterparks in New Braunfels and Galveston Island, Texas effective Saturday, March 14. The parks will remain closed until the end of this month. In addition, we will also be postponing the opening of California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA, Kings Dominion, in Doswell, VA, and Carowinds in Charlotte, NC until the first weekend of April. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our associates, our guests, and our communities.

All our hotel properties will remain open as scheduled. We will work with our guests who have prepaid tickets or booked hotel rooms during the time period of our park closures. Please reference our individual parks websites for information on how to contact Guest Services with your inquiries. We are committed to responding to questions and requests over the days and weeks ahead and we ask for your continued support and patience as we work hard to address all guest concerns.

We continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. Additionally, we are maintaining close relationships with local, state, national and international public health authorities and are taking their guidance as additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.

Our guests and associates are considered family. We have their well-being at the forefront of our decision-making. We appreciate the continued loyalty and trust in Cedar Fair and our family of parks and resorts.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Cedar Fair's highest priority is always the safety of our guests and associates. We know you continue to hear and see news reports about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, and some of its effects around the world. The Cedar Fair team is closely monitoring this evolving situation and is in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.

All Cedar Fair properties intend to welcome guests in accordance with our published schedules, and we continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. All our parks and resorts have high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for our guests;
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day;
  • Numerous and accessible handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer locations;
  • Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations;
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches, and trash cans;
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines

The leadership team is communicating with our associates about illness prevention; this includes guidance issued by the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website at www.cdc.gov.

As always, we maintain close relationships with local, state, national and international public health authorities. We take their guidance when additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.

Thank you for your continued support and trust in Cedar Fair's family of parks and resorts.

Sincerely,

Richard Zimmerman
Chief Executive Officer 
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

General Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Season Passes and 2020 Season Pass Add-Ons (if applicable) Valid Through the 2021 Season

  • 2020 Season Passes and purchased 2020 Season Pass Add-On Products (if applicable) will be valid for the 2021 Season, according to your pass type.

Easy Pay Payments Paused

  • For 2020 Season Passholders* participating in our Easy Pay Program, monthly billing has been suspended as of April 8, 2020. Billing will resume at a future date. Once billing resumes, passholders will need to be current on attempted payments to receive 2021 Season Pass admission and associated benefits.

*Season Passes purchased between 8/15/19 and 8/4/20.

  • All payments must be current by the time the park opens in 2021 in order for your pass to be extended through 2021.
  • If any attempted payment fails, all Season Passes and Season Pass Add-Ons on that order will be deactivated until the payment is made in the online Payment Portal.
  • The benefits and entitlements will be the same in 2021 as they are in 2020. For example, if you have a 2020 Regular Pass, you will have a Regular Pass in 2021, and if you have a 2020 Gold Pass, you will have a Gold Pass in 2021. 
  • 2020 Platinum Passes will be valid at all Cedar Fair parks through the 2021 Season.

We previously announced that all 2020 Season Passes will be valid through 2021. Additionally, to show our appreciation to our valued Season Passholders for their loyalty, all 2020 Season Passholders will now also receive a Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward valid for in-park purchases during the 2021 season.

As previously announced, we have extended all 2020 season passes through 2021. To show our appreciation to our valued Season Passholders, each passholder will now also receive a Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward valid for in-park purchases during the 2021 season. 

A Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward is a credit that is stored on your Season Pass card and can be used for in-park purchases during the 2021 season. A $35 loyalty reward will be automatically added to all Valleyfair 2020 Gold and Platinum Season Passes, and a $25 loyalty reward will be automatically added to all Valleyfair 2020 Value Season Passes to be used in 2021.

  • 2020 Gold Season Passholders will receive a $35 Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward.
  • 2020 Regular Pass (Value Pass) receives a $25 Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward.

We value our Platinum Passholders, and we will provide a Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward for Platinum Passholders whose home park did not open in 2020. The value of the Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward will be: $50 for Carowinds and Kings Dominion; $35 at California's Great America, Gilroy Gardens and Valleyfair. We invite our Platinum Passholders to use their 2020 Platinum Pass at any of our open parks. The Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward can be used only at the passholder's home park.

Pass Perks™ Loyalty Rewards can be used for in-park purchases, except all-season dining and beverage plans, alcoholic beverages and games. Reward credits can be used at any park-owned location that accepts credit cards. At the time of payment, a guest should present their Season Pass and inform the cashier at the participating location that they wish to pay using their Loyalty Reward.

The Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward will automatically be added to any 2020 Season Pass which was purchased by August 4, 2020, and that is in good standing on the park's opening day in 2021. Passholders do not need to take any action to receive the reward.

The Pass Perks™ Loyalty Reward will be automatically added to the season pass as long as the Season Pass is paid in full or the Passholder’s EZPay account is in good standing at the time the park opens in 2021.

If you registered for a 2020 Pre-K Pass, it will be valid for the 2021 season. 2021 Pre-K Passes will be available for online registration at a later date with the same requirements as for 2020.

If you purchased Season Pass Add-ons for your 2020 Pre-K Pass, the purchased Add-Ons will be extended through the 2021 season.

All 2020 Pre-K Passes that have been registered or activated in 2020 will be automatically extended through the 2021 season.

No, it does not.

  • Your payments must be in good standing for the Season Pass to be extended through 2021.

  • No other action is required from you.

All 2020 Season Passes and purchased Season Pass Add-ons will be valid for the entire 2021 Season. All 2020 Pre-K Passes that have been registered or activated in 2020 will be automatically extended through the 2021 season.

The Season Pass Auto-Renewal program will not be in effect for the 2021 Season. Your 2020 Season Pass will not auto-renew to a 2021 Season Pass this September because your 2020 Season Pass and Add-Ons will be extended through the 2021 Season. No action is required of you at this time.

Yes – you will pay the initial payment plus applicable taxes and fees at checkout and your future monthly payments will be suspended until a future date. 2021 Season Passes purchased starting on 9/8/20 will not have future payments paused.

We will recommence processing Season Pass payment plans on April 4, 2021. (Please note you may receive this email once for each Passholder registered to your email address). If you purchased season passes as gifts for someone else, we kindly ask that you forward the emails to the intended recipients.

You can log into the Payment Portal online with your order number and the email address you used during the initial purchase to confirm the upcoming payment dates and amounts. As long as you remain current on attempted payments, your Season Pass and associated Season Pass Add-Ons will remain active.

If you'd prefer to make a single catch-up payment, you can log into the Payment Portal and select "Make a Payment" in the portal to pay all the payments that have been missed. Or, you can pay the full balance at any time.

Season Pass and Pre-K Pass Frequently Asked Questions

All day tickets purchased for 2020 will be valid for any regular operating day in 2021 through Labor Day, September 6, 2021. 

All single day tickets for 2020 will be valid for any operating day in 2021 through Labor Day, September 6, 2021. This includes complimentary/donated tickets.

All single day tickets for 2020 purchased through resellers will be valid for any operating day in 2021 through Labor Day, September 6, 2021.

If you are part of a planned group visit to the park or have Group Sales tickets, contact your group organizer/leader for details. Group organizers/leaders should contact their park sales representatives directly.

All single day tickets including those sold as group tickets will be extended through Sept. 6, 2021.

Due to state capacity restrictions, our operating calendar differs from previous seasons, but as restrictions change, our calendar is subject to change as well. We thank our guests and associates for their continued loyalty and support during this challenging time, and we look forward to seeing you at the park in 2021.

Cedar Fair's highest priority is always the safety of our guests and associates. We continue to implement preventive measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our own health and hygiene protocols. All our parks and resorts have high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention. We employ rigorous sanitation standards and robust cleaning procedures, including:

  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for our guests;
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day;
  • Numerous and accessible handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer locations;
  • Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations;
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches, and trash cans;
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines

The leadership team is communicating with our associates about illness prevention; this includes guidance issued by the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website at www.cdc.gov.

As always, we maintain close relationships with local, state, national, and international public health authorities. We take their guidance when additional preventive measures are deemed necessary.