After a full year closed to the public, The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor is set to reopen this spring for the 2021 season.
The Lake George theme park, which was not given government approval to open in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to return this year promising a safe environment, officials said.
The Great Escape will be open weekends and select dates starting May 1, with daily operation beginning June 24. In February, the state announced outdoor amusement parks can open—with a third of their normal capacity—by April 9.
Additionally, the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark will be back to full operation beginning March 26.
“We are ready to welcome our guests back to The Great Escape,” Six Flags Great Escape Resort park president Rebecca Wood said in a press release. “The health and safety of our guests, team members, and community remains our top priority and we are implementing extensive sanitization and safety measures to deliver a safe and entertaining experience for our guests.”
Opening weekend will mark the debut of a new ride called Adirondack Outlaw, which was originally scheduled to open last year.
Once open, The Great Escape will be operating under state and local guidelines for crowd capacity limits.
The park has established attendance caps that will be well below the park’s theoretical capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing.
All guests will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve. Members and season pass holders will receive booking priority over single-day and group ticket buyers.
Officials said guests who need single-day tickets will be able to reserve during the purchase process, which will include acknowledging their understanding of the company’s health policy and watching a brief video describing new social distancing and sanitization procedures.
Guests will be contacted electronically (either by email, text or both) the day before their scheduled visit to confirm their intent to visit and their continued healthy status. Guests may cancel their reservation without penalty any time before 8 a.m. on the day of their scheduled visit.
Six Flags Great Escape Resort officials said safety of park guests and employees is always the company’s top priority, and it will continue to meet or exceed the New York state safety guidelines through the implementation of safety measures and protocols such as required mask wearing and health screenings for guests and employees, strictly enforced social distancing, extensive sanitizing and disinfecting, modified food service processes and mobile ordering, extensive COVID-19 training for all frontline team members and informational safety signs posted throughout the park.
The facility is currently hiring team members to fill 1,500 positions. Both the Theme Park and Lodge are hiring for all positions, including admissions, food and beverage services, ride operations, housekeeping, games, lifeguards, park services, security, marketing and retail.
Applicants may apply for jobs in a completely virtual and contact-free environment. Applications can be completed online and interviews and training will all be done virtually; onboarding is contact-free. Interested applicants must apply online at sixflagsjobs.com and select “Lake George, Great Escape.”
Anyone needing assistance with the application process should contact Human Resources at (518) 792-3500, ext. 3369.
More information about The Great Escape is available online at www.sixflags.com/greatescape.