Michigan’s Adventure, Cedar Point shorten park hours, ramp up worker recruiting

Muskegon County

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Visitors will have fewer days to enjoy Cedar Point and Michigan’s Adventure this summer compared to typical seasons as they handle a worker shortage and gauge demand.

Michigan’s Adventure will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays this year, although its operating calendar could further change, according to sales and marketing director Laure Bollenbach. The Muskegon County amusement park was open daily every summer before the pandemic, which forced Michigan’s Adventure to close its amusement park and limit hours when its waterpark reopened last summer.

“Our goal is to strike the appropriate balance between our operating calendar and the anticipated demand from our guests,” she stated in a Thursday email to News 8.

This year, the park will debut “Camp Snoopy,” which includes five new family rides.

Camp Snoopy at Michigan’s Adventure on May 27, 2021.

Guests who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks. There are also social distancing guidelines in place throughout the park.

COVID-19 guidance at Michigan’s Adventure on May 27, 2021.

“So excited to see guests come back, our returning associates that return every year and of course the kids that are going to visit Camp Snoopy. It’s pretty exciting,” Bollenbach said.

A week after opening, Cedar Point announced last week its parks would be closed for “select days” in June. The Sandusky, Ohio, park said it would reach out to visitors who bought tickets or booked an overnight stay for the affected dates.

Both attractions owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company said finding employees “has been a challenge.”

“We’ve definitely found the job market is a little tighter but we’ve just increased our recruiting and had a wage increase,” Bollenbach said. “Just anything we can do to encourage people to get back out and especially come work at the park.”

Bollenbach said Michigan’s Adventure usually hires between 1,200 and 1,300 employees each year. She said that in response to the current job market, the park made their benefits and wages more competitive, which start as high as $14 per hour. Cedar Point said it doubled hourly wages to $20, in addition to a $500 seasonal signing bonus and complimentary tickets for workers’ family and friends.

While Michigan’s Adventure is scheduled to open Saturday, it’s still hiring for a variety of positions for food service, rides, the water park and other departments. The park encourages those interested to apply at https://jobs.cedarfair.com/our-parks/michigans-adventure/.

Michigan’s Adventure plans to open its water park, WildWater Adventure, on June 19.

—News 8’s Whitney Burney contributed to this report.

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