VALLEJO, Calif. (KTXL) — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom reopened its rollercoasters on Thursday for the first time in over a year.
The theme park is reopening at 15% capacity, inviting season pass holders and first responders Thursday and Friday. All California residents can begin visiting the park Saturday.
“You will have to make a reservation. And this allows us to control how many people are in the park and also we can space out what time people come into the park,” explained Six Flags Discovery Kingdom spokesperson Lee Munro.
Getting into the park will look a lot different than usual, with a state-of-the-art temperature check system and a touchless security checkpoint.
Discovery Kingdom has also adopted a cashless model, placing new kiosks around the park for people who don’t have credit cards.
“The important thing is everything will be socially distanced,” Munro explained. “In between rides — everything. Handrails, all the seats will be sanitized. Seats will be spaced out to keep people apart.”
Everyone over age 2 will also be required to wear a mask.
While some of the changes are only temporary, a spokesperson told FOX40 some of the technology they’ve adopted is probably here to stay.
“You can download the Six Flags app. That allows you to purchase your food ahead of time. You don’t have to go wait in line. You can just select a time to pick up,” Munro said.
Reopening rides during a pandemic certainly brings challenges, but some of the first people through the gates Thursday morning say they’re just happy to be back.
“It’s been a tough year, and it’s time to get out and try to live life again,” Joshua Andrus said.