Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale postponed until further notice its opening weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic, just as the seasonal park was about to resume operations Saturday, March 21.
The park’s operators said Monday the move was intended to protect the health and safety of its guests, employees, and surrounding community. It came as President Donald Trump said that the public should avoid crowds of more than 10 people in the coming weeks.
“We will continue to follow guidance from local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control,” the park said in a statement. “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our park, we believe this is the right decision for the health and safety of everyone.”
The move came the same day that Disney World in Florida closed to prevent spread of the disease and two days after Disneyland in California and Disneyland Paris did the same. All four of Disney Florida’s theme parks were also closed Monday. Disney’s parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong closed in January and its Tokyo park closed in February.
Splish Splash in Calverton, which is scheduled to open over Memorial Day weekend, hasn’t indicated that its opening will also be postponed. Many museums have been temporarily closed amid the COVID-19 crisis, but public parks largely remain open.
Adventureland was set to mark its 58th season when it postponed opening weekend.
“Our guests and employees are considered family here at Adventureland and their safety is of the utmost importance and the reason behind our decision making,” the park said. “Our offices will be closed this week, but we will be available via email to respond to your questions and concerns. We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we manage through this ongoing situation.”
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