OLD FORGE, N.Y. -- It's been nearly two years since Enchanted Forest Water Safari opened its gates to the public. Katie Wojdyla, vice president and marketing director at the park, says the wait was worth it, and it's good to be back, and this time, with three new slides for them to showcase.
"We've been closed for 21 and a half months from when we closed in 2019 so almost two years. It's really great to see guests here and to have things back to normal," said Wojdyla.
Normal, for the most part. All restrictions are lifted at Water Safari, except for those who are unvaccinated. In that case, they must wear a mask and social distance except when in the pool. Wojdyla says it's against the rules for people to wear masks in the pool, as it's a health and safety hazard.
A good portion of the park-goers Friday were students finishing up their academic year. One of the schools in attendance, Adirondack Central School, and two of their students, Izabell Marcy and Bella Juliano, hope that this is a sign of things going in the right direction for the following school year.
"I do think we can expect a normal school year because our school is kind of lenient on that stuff because right now we don't have to wear masks outside. As much as we can our school gets us outside so I think that we will be able to."
Ultimately, almost all of the people attending the park had smiles on their faces, and that's something to celebrate. People have been craving the opportunity to go outside with no restrictions for over a year and a half, and the opening of the park made things seem a little more normal.