Floods in the east and blackouts in the west make it a tough day for theme parks
Published: September 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM
Hersheypark will remain closed through the weekend, due to floodwaters that have inundated the park and surrounding community. The flooding at the adjacent ZooAmerica in Hershey has captured the most public attention, after zoo officials put down two bison that were trapped by the rising water. The incessant rain has flooded Knoebels amusement park in Pennsylvania as well.
Over here on the west coast, we're dealing with our own, though thankfully much more minor, disruption to some local theme parks. A massive power outage has cut electricity to more than a million people across San Diego and southern Orange Counties, affecting both Legoland and SeaWorld San Diego. Both parks remained open until the scheduled closing times this evening, though the had to evacuate riders when the power went out initially, and SeaWorld had to do without some of the technical effects at its early evening Shamu show. We'll have to see if power comes back by morning, and, if not, if that will affect the parks tomorrow. (Update: Open as usual.)