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2021 Theme Park Guide for Resort Guests

Posted 3 days ago

Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

Tori is a writer and editor for the Checking In travel blog. She’s a wine lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who revels in finding those little-known, hidden gem spots. Her travel niche includes super budget-friendly, couples weekend getaways, and her absolute favorite vacations are the ones where she gets to explore new places with her husband, Brooks, and her fur son, Deagon.

From thrills and rides to churros and waterslides, there’s just nothing like theme park fun! And nowadays, many theme parks are taking safety very seriously to keep all that fun going.

With masks, temperature checks, health screenings and special ticket reservations, it’s important to take it all in, decide if your family is ready to hit up rides again and choose the theme park that’s right for your vacation.

So, before your day of roller coasters and adventures, check out our theme park guide that walks you through the top-of-mind safety programs at each park near our Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resorts.

We hope this guide is a good first step in your theme park planning if you decide now is the right time.

Please keep in mind all this information is subject to change as COVID-19 continues to evolve, so be sure to check directly with the theme park you’re visiting beforehand.

Theme Parks Near Our Galveston Beach Resort & Galveston Seaside Resort


Multiple people floating on blue innertubes at Schlitterbahn Galveston.
Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn®

Schlitterbahn® Galveston


Miles from Resort

4.8 miles from Galveston Beach Resort 13.5 miles from Galveston Seaside Resort

Opening Dates

Schlitterbahn is currently open.

Mask Requirements

Face coverings are required in designated areas for guests ages 2 and up. For your safety, they ask that face coverings are removed when experiencing water attractions or pools.

Temperature Screenings

Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests.

Reservations

Before coming to the park, all guests must schedule their visit in advance through an online reservation system.

Learn more on Schlitterbahn’s website
Learn more about Galveston Beach Resort
Learn more about Galveston Seaside Resort

Theme Parks Near Our Hill Country Resort


Woman and young girl coming down a waterslide at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels.
Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn®

Schlitterbahn® New Braunfels


Miles from Resort

19.5 miles from Hill Country Resort

Opening Dates

Schlitterbahn is currently open.

Mask Requirements

Face coverings are required in designated areas for guests ages 2 and up. For your safety, they ask that face coverings are removed when experiencing water attractions or pools.

Temperature Screenings

Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests.

Reservations

Before coming to the park, all guests must schedule their visit in advance through an online reservation system.

Learn more on Schlitterbahn’s website
Learn more about Hill Country Resort

Batman The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Photo courtesy of Six Flags®

Six Flags® Fiesta Texas


Miles from Resort

46.2 miles from Hill Country Resort

Opening Dates

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is currently open.

Mask Requirements

All guests over the age of 2 are required to wear masks. Exceptions apply in pools and waterpark attractions, and Mask Break Zones are available.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry.

Reservations

Every guest is required to make a reservation for a specific date to visit.

Learn more on Six Flags’ website
Learn more about Hill Country Resort

A water raft ride with several guests at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld® San Antonio


Miles from Resort

59.5 miles from Hill Country Resort

Opening Dates

SeaWorld and Aquatica® San Antonio are currently open.

Mask Requirements

Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.

Reservations

Guests must make a reservation prior to visiting, and you may reserve up to six people at a time. Guests must bring both their reservation and park ticket for entry.

Learn more on SeaWorld’s website
Learn more about Hill Country Resort

Theme Parks Near Our Holiday Hills Resort & Ozark Mountain Resort


A woman and child ride a go-kart on an outdoor track at Silver Dollar City.
Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City®

Silver Dollar City®


Miles from Resort

11.7 miles from Holiday Hills Resort 11.8 miles from Ozark Mountain Resort

Opening Dates

Silver Dollar City, White Water & Showboat Branson Belle are currently open with reduced capacity.

Mask Requirements

Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Guests with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted entry.

Learn more on Silver Dollar City’s website
Learn more about Holiday Hills Resort
Learn more about Ozark Mountain Resort

Theme Parks Near Our Smoky Mountain Resort


Dollywood locomotive and mill house.
Photo courtesy of Dollywood®

Dollywood®


Miles from Resort

10.1 miles from Smoky Mountain Resort

Opening Dates

Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins are currently open.

Tickets & Reservations

All guests visiting must schedule a reservation or pre-purchase a general admission ticket.

Mask Requirements

Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 2 and up, except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature screenings will be taken prior to entry. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Guests with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted entry.

Health Screenings

All guests will be screened with a four-question health assessment prior to entry.

Learn more on Dollywood’s website
Learn more about Smoky Mountain Resort

Theme Parks Near Our Williamsburg Resort


Water slide at Busch Gardens
Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens®

Busch Gardens® Williamsburg


Miles from Resort

12.8 miles from Williamsburg Resort

Opening Dates

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is currently open.


Mask Requirements

Guests ages 2 and up must wear face coverings while in the park, except while eating and drinking or in designated relaxation areas.

Temperature Screenings

Temperature checks will be required upon arrival. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be admitted.

Other Safety Notes

Certain animal interactions will be modified and only tours allowing for physical distancing will operate. Some tours and interactions will be restricted to one party at a time.

Learn more on Busch Gardens’ website
Learn more about Williamsburg Resort

Theme Parks Near Our Orange Lake Resort & Orlando Breeze Resort


Child shaking hands with Goofy at Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World®Theme Parks

From Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and Universal™ Orlando to SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida, Orlando needed its own guide to itself!

For the safety measures at attractions near our Central Florida resorts, check out our 2021 Orlando Theme Park Guide.

Ready for those exciting theme park thrills? We hope this theme park guide was a helpful start on what to expect during your next getaway with us.

Remember: For the most up-to-date information, double-check everything directly with the theme park you’re considering beforehand.

Safe travels!


All information is subject to change. This article is a curated guide and is neither sponsored nor considered an official endorsement. Please be sure to check information directly with any/all tours, guides or companies for the most up-to-date and direct details.

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Checking In Writer and Editor, Tori Ferrante, stands in front of a white house wearing a purple-gray top and statement necklace.

Tori Ferrante

Tori is a writer and editor for the Checking In travel blog. She’s a wine lover, dog mother and adventure seeker who revels in finding those little-known, hidden gem spots. Her travel niche includes super budget-friendly, couples weekend getaways, and her absolute favorite vacations are the ones where she gets to explore new places with her husband, Brooks, and her fur son, Deagon.