California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara will remain closed for the remainder of 2020, citing “challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“With the diminishing number of calendar days left in the 2020 operating season, as well as limited visibility from state and local officials as to when a park opening is possible, the decision has been made to remain closed,” the park said today in a statement.
The park plans to reopen in 2021 with a new waterpark and special events
“We are disappointed that we are unable to welcome our guests back to the park this season,” said Manny Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of California’s Great America. “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 brought by COVID-19 has led us to the difficult yet responsible decision to keep the park closed for the rest of the year.”
Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many aspects of our vibrant local economy. Given the state and county orders, it is not a surprise that California’s Great America will remain closed for the rest of this year."
"We look forward to the day that California’s Great America can reopen safely in Santa Clara and continue to provide jobs and tax revenue for our city and entertainment for all ages,” she said.
California’s Great America is planning several new enhancements for 2021, including:
- The debut of its new water park, South Bay Shores, featuring seven new water attractions, new food and shopping locations, premium cabanas and a family-friendly lagoon play area with eight kid-sized water slides—all themed to reflect Northern California coast and the South Bay regions
- The return of seasonal events, such as Halloween Haunt, the Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest
In a commitment to its valued season pass-holders, California’s Great America had previously extended the validity of 2020 season passes and add-on products through 2021. Now, pass-holders will also receive a Pass Perks Loyalty Reward valid for purchases within the park next season, it was announced today.
Season passes for 2021 will go on sale beginning Sept. 8.
California’s Great America is a 100-acre theme and water park located in Santa Clara, that is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world.