Summer is a great time to enjoy the thrills of amusement parks, and what better occasion than to attend Deaf Day events hosted by several parks across the country. Deaf related park events feature discounted admission, interpreters in the park, and the opportunity to celebrate and connect as a Deaf community. Amusement Parks participating in Deaf related events include Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Over Texas, and Cedar Point.
Six Flags Great America, located in Chicago, will be hosting their 18th annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day on July 13. This event is presented by the Lake County Center for Independent Living. Sign Language interpreters will be at park shows and facilities, and Guest Relations will provide a schedule of interpreted events. The park hours are 10:30am – 10pm. Pre-purchased tickets are only $31, but tickets can also be purchased on July 13 for $33.98. To purchase tickets online, visit www.sixflags.com, then under “Pick a Park” select Six Flags Great America, Chicago. Enter the promo code: DEAFDAY, and use your pre-purchased tickets on July 13. For questions regarding this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information regarding the park at http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/index.aspx.
Six Flags Over Texas, located in Arlington, is also hosting a Deaf Day on August 10th. The park hours are 10:30am – 10pm. There will be a Six Flags “Deaf Day” ticket booth on August 10th where tickets can be purchased from 9:30am – 3pm (cash only). There will be a special ticket price of only $33, and children under 2 are free. For more information regarding the event, visit http://deafnetwork.com/wordpress/blog/2013/04/30/six-flags-deaf-day-81013/, and for more information regarding the park, visit http://www.sixflags.com/overTexas/index.aspx.
Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, will be hosting a Deaf Awareness Day on August 3rd. The event is sponsored by Ohio Association of the Deaf, Inc. Interpreters will be provided wherever needed and will also be on call. Park hours are from 10am – Midnight. There will be discounted ticket prices: $36 for adults (ages 3-61, 48” or taller in shoes), $26 for seniors (age 62 and over), $26 for juniors (ages 3-61, under 48” tall in shoes), and children age 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on August 3rd at the Ohio Association of the Deaf window near Cedar Point’s Main Entrance from 9am – 3pm. For more information regarding this event, visit http://www.oad-deaf.org/assets/2013_OAD_Cedar_point_Flyer.pdf. For more information about Cedar Point (rated “Best Amusement Park in the World” by Amusement Today) visit https://www.cedarpoint.com/.