2020 Season Update

Sad News for Colorado Families

Despite Extensive Preparations and New Protocols Elitch Gardens

Will Not Be Allowed to Open in 2020

 DENVER, CO (July 31, 2020) – In response to the State’s Executive Order prohibiting the operation of amusement parks due to COVID-19 and undetermined timelines for the easing of such restrictions, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park announced today that it has made the difficult decision to not open for the 2020 season. Park ownership and management are disappointed not to be able to entertain the more than one million guests who visit the Park every season and regret not being able to hire the 1,400+ people normally employed each summer. 

Park management has spent months consulting with industry experts and government officials to develop a comprehensive plan, including new sanitation and social distancing protocols, that would allow the Park to operate safely. Management has also spent a considerable amount of resources training employees, inspecting rides, filling pools, and sprucing up the property, all in anticipation of opening day. Unfortunately, despite management’s substantial efforts, the Park has been unable to obtain government approval to open. As a result, Elitch Gardens will remain closed in 2020.

“We are terribly saddened that for the first time in 130 years Elitch Gardens will not be allowed to entertain families from throughout our region,” said David Dorman, General Manager at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. “I know that we have all felt the frustration and impacts of this pandemic. We appreciate the support of our community and look forward to welcoming our guests and team members back in 2021.”

Pre-purchased 2020 Season Passes will automatically be transferred over to a 2021 VIP Season Pass. Numerous other perks are being added and have been shared with Season Pass holders via personal emails. All 2020 single-day tickets pre-purchased will be transferred to the 2021 season as well. No action is required by ticket and pass holders, the transfer is automatic. Pass holders and ticket holders with specific questions should email to info@elitchgardens.com with the guest name and purchase confirmation number. The Park looks forward to welcoming guests back in 2021 for our 130th Anniversary Celebration 2.0.

Located in the heart of Denver and celebrating 130 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is Colorado’s only world-class combination theme and water park. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin’ water park and tons of special events, there are thrills for all. Visit ElitchGardens.com for more information.

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