Indiana Beach is saved!

Finally, some good news! Turns out that Indiana Beach Amusement Park will not be closed forever. Today it was announced that Indiana Beach has been purchased by Chicago businessman Gene Staples from Apex Parks Group.

Both the amusement park and campground are planned to reopen as soon as it is possible in 2020. With this announcement, the park returns to being under independent ownership.

As we wait for further news to be release on this happening, we will include a timeline of the events that occurred between the announcement of the closure of the park to its reopening confirmation today, compiled by @NewsAndReview on Facebook preserved here for posterity.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Provides Free Classroom Resources

Press Release from Busch Gardens Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. (March 31, 2020) – Busch Gardens® Williamsburg understands that the need for turnkey, engaging activities now more than ever.   Our parks have developed standards-aligned resources available to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12.  Parents, students and teachers can explore hands-on, creative resources including Classroom Activities, Teacher’s Guides, Saving a Species Video Series, Animal Bytes and Animal Info Books.

Busch Gardens distance learning resources can help everyone continue to explore, discover and stay connected in a fun and inspiring environment.

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Dollywood Presents Critical Items To Sevier Co. First Responders, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Press Release from Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, TN (Thursday, April 9, 2020) — While the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced Dollywood to postpone its season opening, hosts are finding new and creative ways to give back to the community that has supported the park for 35 years.

Two weeks ago, the park provided the Sevier County Food Ministries with a check for more than $16,000 to help shore up the non-profit’s supplies just as it began facing unprecedented demand. Now, two of Dollywood’s hard-working teams have found additional ways to provide crucial items to two important groups.

Last week, Dollywood’s wardrobe and costume shop teams began producing reusable face masks to give to patients, nurses and doctors at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. In one day, the wardrobe team produced 350 masks, while the costume shop team created 250 adult masks and 250 children’s masks over the course of two days. Members of both teams have asked to continue making the masks from home, so company officials will provide supplies currently on hand to allow the teams to produce additional masks.

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