Update: Kennywood and Sandcastle Reschedule Reopenings

The amusement parks were to have reopened to the public on July 6.

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The Pittsburgh area’s big three amusement parks had planned to open in the days following the 4th of July holiday weekend, but because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, plans for two of those parks had been put on hold.

  • Kennywood will reopen to season passholders on Friday, July 10 and to the general public on Monday, July 13.
  • Sandcastle will open to season passholders on Friday and everyone else on Saturday, July 11.
  • Idlewild & SoakZone in Westmoreland County will reopen to the general public on July 11.

When the parks reopen, many new safety measures will be in place.

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Safety measures include:

  • Limiting capacity
  • Limited hours of operation
  • Pre-entry temperature checks
  • Face coverings and personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
  • Sanitizing stations
  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the parks
  • Educating guests on safety protocols

At Kennywood, guests are strongly encouraged to register for the date they wish to visit in advance, in addition to their regularly purchased ticket or season pass. Guests are able to visit without having RSVP’ed, however, they are not guaranteed entry that day if the park has pre-booked or already reached its predetermined maximum capacity.

At Sandcastle, guests will need to RSVP for the date they wish to visit in advance, in addition to their regularly purchased ticket or season pass.
If the date you wish to visit is not listed in our online calendar, the water park may have already reached its capacity limit for that date, in which case you will need to choose another day.

At Idlewild and Soak Zone, guests will need to register for the date they wish to visit in advance, in addition to their regularly purchased ticket or season pass.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members continues to be our top priority as we work to reopen in this new environment,” said Kennywood Assistant General Manager Rob Henninger in a news release. “We will continue working in step with local leaders, health experts and our industry colleagues to ensure best practices are in place at Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild.”



Face masks will be required for all guests and employees, except children under three years of age. Guests must remove their masks while swimming and on water attractions. Employees also will wear additional personal protective equipment, including gloves and face shields, while performing certain work activities.

Hundreds of sanitizing stations have been added all around the parks, and thorough cleaning will be conducted at regular intervals throughout the day at high-traffic locations.

Visitors will be able to purchase masks and hand sanitizer at retail locations in each park.

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“We will serve our guests safely and effectively by limiting capacity, verifying all entrants do not have a temperature at or above 100.4° F and are wearing proper facial coverings, as we follow the state and CDC recommendations on cleaning, social distancing and sanitizing,” said Idlewild & SoakZone General Manager Brandon Leonatti. “With our parks spread across dozens of acres, we have the space to effectively distance our visitors and provide the good, clean fun we have delivered to families for generations.”

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