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Info. on openings, closings, and re-schedulings during the COVID-19 pandemic

(last updated 8/4/20)

 

Here's what we know. Please feel free to share any updates or corrections with us and we'll make note of them in future communications to you and other members of my Better Benefits. 

We publish these updates and publicize re-openings as that is our job but remind our members to be safe for regardless of precautions you might take, you can still be exposed to the Novel Coronavirus.  So please take care, wear a face mask when in public, practice social distancing, and don't forget to wash your hands frequently.  Just because a venue is open, does not mean you need to put yourself or others at risk.

 

All states opening info.
 


In NY State, all regions are now in Phase 4 which includes low-risk indoor and outdoor arts, entertainment and recreation. 

Outdoor zoos and museums are in the low-risk category for Phase Four in NY.  Venues and businesses considered to be high risk currently remain closed during Phase Four (including theme parks and water parks, gyms and movie theatres), meaning the state will release additional guidance in the future to allow them to reopen. Large gatherings are also still banned, meaning performance venues also canít host events.

Effective July 13, California rolled back many openings including limiting indoor dining.  Zoos remain open, most amusement parks remain closed. 

We continue to stay in touch with our amusement park, water park, theater, sports, and other venues throughout this pandemic and will update our web site as information is made available to us for venues throughout the Northeast, Florida, West Coast, and Canada. (Open and reopening in NY, NJ, and CT).

 

Recently Reopened/Reopening

Presented alphabetically.  If what you are looking for is not mentioned here, it is probably open - scroll down on the page for a more complete listing by category:

African Lion Safari is open as of June 9 but Americans still can't get over the border to get to the park until at least July 22.  With travel across the border to Canada presently restricted (families with close relatives may cross the border into Canada but have to stay for two weeks).  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/18).

AMC Theatres will begin reopening mid- to late-August.

Bronx Zoo has reopened.  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH is now open!  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Central Park Zoo has reopened .  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Cinemark Movie Theaters have begun reopening nationwide on July 18.  Read the info. about new procedures here.  Use your discounted Cinemark Platinum Supersavers at the box office to reserve your seats for a film.  As of 7/28, the Cinemark (Tinseltown) theater in Rochester has not reopened.

Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney Hotels have postponed their tentative opening   No new opening date established as of this writing.  Downtown Disney has begun phased reopening (updated 7/20).

Dutch Wonderland, the best theme park in Pennsylvania, is now open.  Discounted tickets available on our website.

The Enchanted Forest/Water Safari has announced that they will not be opening in 2020.  We're sorry to hear, but wish them well.  If you purchased a ticket for 2020, it is good for 2021 so hold onto it!

Epcot has reopened.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Disney tickets must be purchased in advance and then reservations made for the day you wish to attend.  See the details on Disney's web site.

Great Wolf Lodge San Francisco - grand opening of this new park on Sep 1.

Hershey Park has reopened!   Discounted tickets are available now!

Hollywood Studio (Disney Orlando) has reopened.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Disney tickets must be purchased in advance and then reservations made for the day you wish to attend.  See the details on Disney's web site.

Kennywood, Pittsburgh's favorite amusement park, has reopened  Specially discounted tickets are available now on our web site starting at just $22.

Marineland will be opening July 24.  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/20).

McArdle's Restaurant in Fairport is open for takeout, delivery ($5 flat delivery), patio seating, and now indoor seating.  Offering the best fish fry in Rochester and 10% off food and drink when you show your mBB ID card.   Call 377-5520 for patio seating reservations.  Tip well!

NY Aquarium has reopened.  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Prospect Park Zoo has reopened.  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Queens Zoo has reopened.  Discounted tickets are available on our web site.

Regal Cinemas have wisely postponed their reopening and indicate that they will begin reopening theaters August 21.

Sandals & Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Antigua have opened.

Sandcastle, Pittsburgh's favorite water park, has reopened.  Specially discounted tickets are available now on our web site starting at just $20.

The San Diego Zoo, along with most other zoos, is open.

Seabreeze announced on July 30, that they will not be opening for the 2020 season.  We wish them the very best and look forward to the return of Seabreeze in 2021!

Sesame Place (PA) has reopened.  Discounted tickets are available through our web site.

Six Flags Darien Lake, remains closed.  No opening date set though the outlook from Darien is early to mid-August.  Things change weekly so do check back (updated 7/28).

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, San Francisco/Sacramento, remains closed though the Marine World experience is open (updated 7/20).

Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ) has reopened Hurricane Harbor has reopened as well.  Discounted tickets available on our web site.

Six Flags Great America, Chicago, remains closed.  Hurricane Harbor has reopened.

Six Flags Great Escape, remains closed.  No opening date set (updated 7/28).

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, remains closed (updated 7/28).

Six Flags New England, remains closed.  No opening date set (updated 7/28).

All other Six Flags parks are open.

Water Country, Portsmouth, NH, has reopened.  Discounted tickets available through our web site.

The Watkins Glen race track has reopened.  Events scheduled in August have been "realigned" to Daytona Beach.  At this time, the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen race is still on for September.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours have resumed.  American's can't get back over the border for the Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake tours yet (border closed through August 20) BUT Jet Boat tours do leave from Lewiston starting July 1!  Purchase your tickets online through mBB and save over 11%.

 

Cancelled/Closed for the Season

Finger Lakes Wine Festival (rescheduled for 2021). 

Funtown Splashtown USA - Summer 2020; Rochester Lancers Summer 2020 schedule cancelled.

Go Bowling at the Glen, NASCAR, August 13 - 16, 2020 at Watkins Glen has been realigned to the Daytona Speedway.

The NYS Fair has been cancelled for 2020.

The Red Wings officially cancelled their 2020 season on June 29 (we first announced the coming news June 23).  The good news is if you purchased a voucher for the 2020 season, the Wings will honor them in 2021 (even if the price goes up)!  In the meantime, we extend our very best to the players and staff of the Red Wings and wish them well.  Info. from the Red Wings updated regularly here.

Roseland Water Park has cancelled its 2020 season.

The Syracuse Nationals have been cancelled for 2020.  They have been rescheduled for July 16 - 18, 2021. 

Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe announced on July 14 that they will NOT attempt to open for the 2020 season but will again in 2021.  We commend them for their safe practices!

Universal Studios Hollywood has cancelled their Halloween Horror Nights for 2020.

Zoom Flume Water Park, East Durham, NY, will not be open for the 2020 season.


Airfare

They're still flying and almost all airlines are offering very liberal cancellation and rebooking arrangement for flights.  Book 'em Danno - details.

 


Amusement Theme Parks & Waterparks

Almost all of our amusement and water parks offer electronic ticketing and even though a park may not presently be open, most e-tickets are available for purchase now or at any time.  Several parks have announced that season passes purchased in 2020 will be extended into the 2021 season.

African Lion Safari is open as of June 9 but Americans still can't get over the border to get to the park until at least July 22.  With travel across the border to Canada presently restricted (families with close relatives may cross the border into camera but have to stay for two weeks.  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/18).

Aquatica San Antonio has reopened.

Aquatica Orlando has reopened.

Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island Waterpark in Tampa have reopened.

Canada's Wonderland is closed, no reopening date set.  Season passes have been extended into 2021.  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/20).

Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH is now open!  Discounted tickets are available on our web site and are good for any operating day in either 2020 OR 2021!

Cedar Point is now open to all.  At the present time, we've removed Cedar Point's discounted tickets from our web store on their site while their IT department tries to integrate the ticket purchases with their new reservations system (#s in the park are being limited for social distancing guidelines).  This will be restored at some point but we're not sure of the date so continue to check back on discounted ticket availability  (updated 7/11).

Disneyland in Anaheim has postponed their initially scheduled opening date.  Downtown Disney stores began reopening.  No future date opening date for Disneland and the California Adventure has been set (updated 7/20).

Disney World Orlando is now reopened (Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom).

Dutch Wonderland, the best theme park in Pennsylvania, is now open.  Discounted tickets available on our website.

The Enchanted Forest/Water Safari has announced that they will not be opening in 2020.  We're sorry to hear, but wish them well.  If you purchased a ticket for 2020, it is good for 2021 so hold onto it!

Epcot has reopened.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Disney tickets must be purchased in advance and then reservations made for the day you wish to attend.  See the details on Disney's web site.

Fallsview Waterpark is temporarily closed though Fallsview hotels in Niagara Falls are open.  Travel to Canada from the U.S. is restricted through July 21.

Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, ME) will be closed for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will reopen again for the 2021 season.

Great Wolf Lodges all locations.

Great Wolf Lodge Anaheim is closed through July 29 (updated 7/20).

Great Wolf Lodge Atlanta is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Boston is closed through July 29 (updated 7/20).

Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte, NC is closed through July 29 (updated 7/20).

Great Wolf Lodge Cincinnati is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine, TX is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Minneapolis is now open. 

Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is closed through August 26 (updated 7/20).

Great Wolf Lodge Poconos is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, OH is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge San Francisco - grand opening of this new park on Sep 1.

Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale, AZ is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Traverse City, MI is now open.

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, VA is closed through July 29 (updated 7/20).

Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells is now open.

Hershey Park his now open!   Discounted tickets are available now!  Reservations are required as tickets will be limited so do purchase now.

Kennywood in Lancaster, PA, is open.  Specially discounted tickets are available now on our web site.

Knott's Berry Farm is closed.  When they do reopen, there will be no discounted admissions with this system for the near future as a consequence (updated 7/20).

Hollywood Studios has reopened.  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.  Disney tickets must be purchased in advance and then reservations made for the day you wish to attend.  See the details on Disney's web site.

Legoland California's Theme Park, Waterpark, and SEA LIFE Aquarium are currently closed (updated 7/20).

Legoland Florida's Theme Park, Waterpark, and Hotels are open.

Marineland will be opening July 24.  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/20).

Morey's Piers is open but they will not be offering discounted admission for the 2020 season as in the past due to financial constraints.  We hope you understand and come back for discounted VIP admission in 2021.

Sandcastle, Pittsburgh's favorite water park, has reopened.  Specially discounted tickets are available now on our web site starting at just $20.

Seabreeze announced on July 30, that they will not be opening for the 2020 season.  We wish them the very best and look forward to the return of Seabreeze in 2021!

SEA LIFE Aquarium California (Legoland), is open.

SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando is open.

Seaworld Orlando, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove are open.

Seaworld San Antonio is open. 

Sesame Place (PA) is reopening 7/24 (updated 7/20).

Six Flags America, Baltimore, and it's waterpark, are open!

Six Flags Darien Lake, remains closed.  No opening date set (updated 7/20).

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, San Francisco/Sacramento, remains closed though the Marine World experience is open (updated 7/20).

Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ) has reopened Hurricane Harbor is now open.  Discounted tickets available on our web site.

Six Flags Great America, Chicago, remains closed.  Hurricane Harbor will reopen July 20 (updated 7/20).

Six Flags Great Escape, remains closed.  No opening date set (updated 7/20).

Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio) is open.

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Los Angeles, remains closed (updated 7/16).

Six Flags New England, remains closed.  No opening date set (updated 7/18).

Six Flags over Georgia is open.

Six Flags over Texas (Arlington) is open.

Six Flags over St. Louis is open.  Hurricane Harbor is now open.

Six Flags, other locations:  No opening dates are presently announced for

Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure is now open in Jackson, NJ.  Enjoy from the comfort of your car!

Splash Lagoon in Erie, PA is now open but for the time being, no discounts tickets are available.

Universal Studios Hollywood has not yet set an opening date.  Any Park tickets purchased for a date when we are closed will automatically be changed to one valid until December 18, 2020.   Universal Studios CityWalk in California is open on a limited basis (updated 7/20).

Universal Orlando has reopened. 

Water Country, Portsmouth, NH, is open.  Discounted tickets available through our web site.

Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe has announced on July 14 that they will NOT attempt to open for the 2020 season but will again in 2021. 

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours have resumed.  American's can't get back over the border for the Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake tours yet (border closed through 8/20) BUT tours do leave from Lewiston!  Purchase your tickets online through mBB and save over 11%.

Zoom Flume Water Park, East Durham, NY, will NOT be open for the 2020 season.

 

 

Car Wash & Detail Shops

Delta Sonic oil change operations are open at all locations.  DS car washes are open in ALL locations.  All detail shops are presently closed.  We have all discounted Delta Sonic oil change, car wash, and detail coupons in stock - see details.

Buckmans Car Wash locations are open and fully operating.  We have Buckmans Car Wash coupons in stock - see details.

 

 

Cruises

Cruise plans remain on hold and most cruise lines are allowing for passengers to rebook current reservations for future dates with no penalties.  Significant discounts are available for future bookings with no cancellation penalties - details.

 

 

Dry Cleaning & Laundry

Speedy's Cleaners:  All 9 locations are now open.  Check for store hours.

 

 

Hotels & Resorts & Restaurants

All of our hotel partners (over 75) continue to offer booking with discounts for mBB members.  Many now offer easy cancellation booking - see details.

Cove Haven Pocono Resorts are open!

Fallsview hotels in Niagara Falls are open.  Travel from the U.S. to Canada is presently restricted through August 20 (updated 7/18).

McArdle's Restaurant in Fairport is open for takeout, delivery ($5 flat delivery), patio seating, and now limited indoor seating.  Offering the best fish fry in Rochester and 10% off food and drink when you show your mBB ID card.   Call 377-5520 for patio seating reservations.  Tip well!

Sandals & Beaches Resorts in both Antigua and Jamaica are open! 

ANTIGUA: Sandals Grande Antigua - Now Open

JAMAICA:  Sandals Montego Bay - Now Open; Sandals Royal Caribbean - July 2nd; Sandals Negril - July 9th; Sandals Ochi - September 3rd; Sandals South Coast - October 1st; Sandals Royal Plantation - October 8th

BAHAMAS: Sandals Emerald Bay - July 7th; Sandals Royal Bahamian - November 1st

SAINT LUCIA:   Sandals Grande St. Lucian - July 7th; Sandals Regency La Toc - July 14th; Sandals Halcyon Beach - November 1st

GRENADA:  Sandals Grenada - July 7th

BARBADOS:  Sandals Royal Barbados - Announcing Soon; Sandals Barbados - Announcing Soon

Beaches Resorts

JAMAICA:  Beaches Negril - Now Ope; Beaches Ocho Rios - Ocotber 8th

TURKS & CAICOS: Beaches Turks & Caicos - Announcing Soon

 

In Las Vegas, The Sahara, The Atlantis, The Venetian Resort, MGM's Bellagio, New York-New York, the MGM Grand, The Signature as well as Ceasars Palace and the Flamingo have all reopened.  The Strip is open!

 

 

Movie Theaters

AMC Theatres will begin reopening mid- to late-August.

Cinemark Movie Theaters have reopened.  Read the info. about new procedures here.  Use your discounted Cinemark Platinum Supersavers at the box office to reserve your seats for a film.  The Cinemark/Tinseltown location in Rochester remains closed as of July 28.

Regal Cinemas are reopening August 21.  Read the info. about new procedures here.  Reservations for seats will be required (see above) as capacities will be limited.

 

 

Museums

Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia has reopened.

The Genesee Country Village and Museum has reopened.  Show your mBB ID card at the admissions desk to save.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center has officially reopened.  The admission price has been reduced by $2 from former prices and you can save even more through mBB (additional $2 off adult or $1 off children's tickets).  Show your mBB ID card or better yet, buy your tickets online with the code MBBRMSC!

The Corning Museum of Glass has reopened. Show your mBB ID card at the admissions desk for discounted admission

 

 

NYS Fair and Fairgrounds

The NYS Fair has been cancelled for 2020 (updated 7/6).

The Syracuse Nationals have been cancelled for 2020 (originally scheduled for July 17 -19).  They have been rescheduled for July 16 - 18, 2021.


 

Sporting Events

Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, originally scheduled for June 25 - 28, has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 1 - 4.  Discounted tickets are available now - details.

NASCAR's Go Bowling at the Glen, August 13 - 16, 2020 at Watkins Glen has been realigned to the Daytona Speedway.  See the link for information about refunds and credits.

The Red Wings have officially cancelled their 2020 season.  The good news is if you purchased a voucher for the 2020 season, the Wings will honor them in 2021 (even if the price goes up)!  In the meantime, we extend our very best to the players and staff of the Red Wings and wish them well.  Info. from the Red Wings updated regularly here.

The Yankees will not be issuing discounted tickets for the 2020 season.  Similarly, discounts for Syracuse U. Football at the Dome are up in the air.

The Rochester Lancers have announced that their summer 2020 season has been cancelled.

 

 

Theater & the Performing Arts

Under Phase 4, large gatherings are also still banned, meaning performance venues also canít host events (considered high-risk) (Updated 7/20).

No new updates on theatrical offerings through Geva, the  Nazareth Arts Center, and Blackfriars Theatre though ticket sales for individual shows typically go on sale in mid- to late-Summer and we will offer discounts for these venues as in the past.  The auditorium theater in Rochester has announced a second rescheduling of Cats from October to December 2020 and discounted tickets for select performances are available on our web site (updated 7/20).

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has cancelled their Summer 2020 Classical Season.  Look for offerings from SPAC's classical series and SPAC on Stage performances in 2021.

With travel across the border to Canada presently restricted we do not have any current opening information on the Shaw Festival or the Stratford Festival.  When these venues do open for our members, discounted information will be available on our web site as always. 

 

 

Zoos & Aquariums

African Lion Safari is open as of June 9 but Americans still can't get over the border to get to the park until at least August 21.  Travel across the border to Canada is presently restricted (families with close relatives may cross the border into camera but have to stay for two weeks.  All nonessential travel into Canada is still banned through August 20.

Bronx Zoo reopens July 24.

Central Park Zoo reopens July 24.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has reopened.  Discounted admission tickets are available now.

NY Aquarium reopens July 24.

Prospect Park Zoo reopens July 24.

Queens Zoo reopens July 24.

The San Diego Zoo, along with most other zoos, is open.

Seneca Park Zoo is open.

 

 

Info. by selected states:

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Nevada

New Jersey

New York (and in great detail, here)

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Texas

U.S. to Canada border crossings

 

We know that we have only mentioned a handful of all the venues we offer savings for but we've tried to cover the most popular.  If you have questions about a particular venue or offering,  email us  and we'll get right back to you.  Again, take care!

 
   
 
 

 

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