Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Update - March 6th, 2021
Batman Testing & Renaissance Fair at the park!
Well, this definitely isn't the update that I expected to write. I thought I'd be mostly talking about the Renaissance Fair but then Gov Newsom unveiled the new industry guidelines for theme parks that stated that they could reopen in the red tier. The path to reopening is now much clearer for our NorCal parks, especially CGA, which as of the writing of this post is in the red tier and could hypothetically open today if wanted, but also SFDK which is hopefully only a couple of weeks from reaching the red tier itself. I will caution readers of this update to not get your hopes up too much for all of the rides at SFDK to reopen exactly on April 1st as their are real issues blocking their opening. Namely ride safety and recertification/training since the rides haven't run at all over the last year and also economic concerns (does it make more sense to run SFDK as a park with an initial 15% capacity vs a zoo with a much higher capacity?). But regardless, the fact that the parks have much clearer, more achievable guidance from the state is a really welcome change!
As we've been doing lately, here's a video version of this update if you prefer your updates in video form:
Reopening Ride Activity
And the first piece we'll take a look at involves some rides prepping for reopening:
Boomerang's Train now sits uncovered in the station. Previously over the closure it was either covered or off the track
Same with Kong. Hopefully we'll get the chance to ride it soon!
One of the pieces in Tava's Jungleland that was taken apart last month is starting to make its way back together
If you look closely you can spot some maintenance workers working on some of the rides at Looney Tunes Seaport
And most excitingly, Batman was testing!! It only ran a couple of cycles that I saw but considering it was the first ride I've seen running in the state of CA since March, that's pretty exciting! I assume that it's part of the recertification/training procedures that are starting up again.
The other big headliner this month is the Renaissance Days fair that is at SFDK on weekends in March.
The entire front plaza is taken over by shops and booths selling various things
And more jewelry...
And clothes of course
There were a surprising amount of shops in the area.
I really liked this sign on one of the shops
And of course, what's a good fair without turkey legs?
It also had some sweeter options like cupcakes
Or my personal favorite: candied nuts
They were so good, I had to get a to go portion for myself
The stage also played host to some appropriate musical entertainment
Overall, I'm always impressed with what SFDK has done to keep the park interesting a fresh during the time that the rides are closed. I really enjoyed my time at the park this month. If you get the chance, definitely come down and check out the Fair before it leaves at the end of March!
General Park Updates
As expected since the park remains in the purple tier, the aquarium remains closed
Sidewinder Safari update: still nothing...
Looking at the other side
Today was the first day I went into the butterfly exhibit
I was really impressed with it! It was nice and warm and so many of the butterflies were beautifully colored and patterned
It was kinda crazy walking along and watching 3 or 4 butterflies cut you off as you walked along the path
But it's not just butterflies, this bird was hanging out too!
SFDK's cougar was celebrating its birthday!
And it celebrated by napping which to be fair is a great way to celebrate
Giraffes were out and eating
The seals are funny, they're like big dogs begging for table scraps
I was amazed by how colorful this parrot is!
And that'll wrap up our update for today! It's been really exciting to see some firm dates for when our parks can reopen! I look forward to seeing when SFDK reopens. And when it does, you know we'll be there to cover it! We'll be back at the park in April!