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Zoombezi Bay pushes back opening date to Sunday, citing poor weather

The waterpark, which was scheduled to open for its regular season on Saturday, will now open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30.
Credit: Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Zoombezi Bay

POWELL, Ohio — Zoombezi Bay has pushed back its official opening date by one day, citing forecasted low temperatures and a "significant chance of rain." 

The waterpark, which was scheduled to open for its regular season on Saturday, will now open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 30. 

All day tickets originally purchased for this Saturday will be validated for use on any other day, according to a release from the zoo. Additionally, guests will not be required to make a reservation to use their ticket. 

Those who have cabana or premium longer reservations will be issued a refund within the next 5-7 business days, it reads in the release. 

Zoombezi Bay opened for a sneek peek and to celebrate military families last weekend. 

When it does full open to the public, the waterpark will operate daily until Aug. 8. It will only be open on weekends from Aug. 21 through Sept. 6.

Zoombezi Bay will have some guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state health orders.

All visits will require a dated, timed ticket, including Season Pass and Gold Members until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., no reservations are needed.

The park says guests will be required to wear masks indoors and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible through June 1.

Once the state lifts all COVID-19 health orders on June 2, the waterpark says operations will return to normal.

Those who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to wear face masks. Unvaccinated guests will be recommended to wear masks except when they are on water rides.

After June 2, Season Pass and Gold Members will no longer need to make reservations, but day ticket holders will be required to until further notice.