While I am stuck here in Southern California - the land without theme parks - readers have been sending me photos from parks around the country. While crowds levels overall are down substantially from what one would expect on the first weekend in August during a "normal" summer, it appears that the number of people visiting individual parks around the country still varies significantly.
Orlando-area parks were closing early today due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias. But yesterday still didn't bring many visitors out to SeaWorld Orlando.
The dolphins didn't outnumber the visitors at this show, but the ratio's a lot lower than it used to be.
And if you're looking for a photo to provoke outrage over a lack of masks and social distancing among those inside the park, well, here ya go.
[Update: SeaWorld Orlando announced Monday that it will expand its operating calendar to open on Thursdays through September 6. The park will remain closed on Tuesdays but now open every other day of the week.]
Up at Kings Island, a reader sent this photo of the parking lot on a day that park employees called "busy."
Indeed, the park's new Bolliger & Mabillard giga coaster, Orion, had its usual blockbuster wait - during which a few people needed assistance for heat-related issues. Remember, no matter how many fewer people might be in the parks than usual this summer, it's still hot out there and the usual rules about drinking water, seeking shade, and taking care of yourself apply.
And, oh yeah, don't be a penguin - take care of others and wear your mask, too.
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