I'm asking about parks that have a majority of their attractions outdoors, so a steady or strong rain would mean many of the attractions would not be operating.
Yesterday (Monday, 1/14) both Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain announced early in the morning that they would be closed for the day due to a forecast of "inclement weather" (heavy rain).
The storms are supposed to run through Thursday here in greater Los Angeles. The park's generally decide on a case-by-case basis whether to open for the day (or possibly close during the day).
Granted, there is a safety issues with rides that cannot operate in the rain. I've read that Knott's also has an issue with flooding.
If a park expects low attendance for the day, are they better off not opening the gates if there is a decent chance of having to close later on?
Does the park end up saving money by not paying hourly workers for the day vs. the loss of goodwill from out-of-town visitors who are shut out from visiting? (And what about local passholders who have year-long meal plans who like to stop by just to get their free meal?)
If storms are forecast for several days in a row, does the park try to open at least one of those days for possible out-of-towers rather than stay closed the whole time?Tweet