California theme parks reopen: what to know about Disneyland, Universal Studios and more
A reopened Disneyland will not be the same as a reopened Walt Disney World. Indoor dining in Orange County Orange Tier is capped at 25% and indoor attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and shows will not last longer than 15 minutes indoors. In a press release, Disney included indoor rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan’s Flight in its initial offerings, but also noted that “this focus is fluid,” adding that “there are many factors that will determine when offers will be available, and the status of indoor and outdoor experiences. The mask guidelines will be exactly the same as Downtown Disney’s current policy: all guests two years of age and older must wear a mask at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. This means that sitting at an outdoor restaurant table warrants a mask unless you’re actually taking a sip or a bite.
Regarding the highly anticipated all-new Avengers campus at Disney California Adventure, Disneyland President Ken Potrock confirmed during the Visit California Outlook virtual forum that the new Marvel-themed land is ready to welcome guests. But it won’t be included in the park’s initial reopening and is expected to debut later this year. Perhaps in an effort to keep out-of-state visitors out, Disneyland hotels are still very closed. The only exception is Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa. The resort will reopen on April 29, and Disney Vacation Club units (villas that are part of the Disney timeshare network) can be booked as of May 2.
What to know before visiting Universal Studios Hollywood
Tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood will be available for purchase online starting April 8, and in addition to a ticket, a park reservation will be required for admission. Like other SoCal parks, tickets are still limited to California residents for the initial reopening. California Annual Pass holders are eligible for a preview preview the day before the official reopening on April 15, as well as a series of free “bonus days” from April 15 through May 16. These dates are considered freebies and will not count against a pass, as the official calendar year for the passes does not begin until May 17th. Like Disney, Universal already has a robust safety policy on masks, temperature controls, and social distancing at CityWalk. However, their current rule of removing masks while eating in a designated area could change when the park reopens.
In addition to walking this iconic red carpet again, park visitors will be able to experience two all-new rides. In the newly themed Pets Place area, enter the furry world of The Secret Life of Pets on the new attraction The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash. The ride features 64 animated characters, including appearances of adorable characters like Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe, and Duke. And while the park was closed amid the pandemic, Jurassic World – The Ride received a major and terrifying update in the attraction’s finale. Riders will come face to face with the all new Indominus rex dinosaur. Stretching nearly 15 meters from head to tail, the colossal dino will follow the riders as they descend a giant waterfall.
What to know before visiting Legoland California
Legoland California plans to reopen its doors to California residents on April 15, while annual pass holders, hotel guests, and anyone who has previously purchased a ticket will have priority at Park Preview Days from 1 to April 12. On show days, some attractions such as the Lego Technic Coaster, Fairy Tale Brook Boat Ride, and Coastersaurus Tour will be open, but the resort’s Sea Life Aquarium and Lego Chima Water Park will remain closed until April 15. . meet and greet socially from a distance starting in the preview period and continuing until the opening. Masks are mandatory for guests two years of age and over and must be worn at all times. This is a departure from Legoland Florida rules, where masks are only required for guests eight years of age and older in indoor locations and park rides.
What to know before visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain
On March 18, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that the LA County Amusement Park would reopen with limited capacity on April 1. The first two days will be limited to annual pass holders and residents of California in general will be welcome on April 3. Similar to Disneyland, Magic Mountain will use a new online park reservation system to reserve entry to the park for specific days to manage crowd capacity, and those visiting will need both a reservation and an entrance ticket. Masks are mandatory for guests two years of age and older and social distancing will apply. For many guests, the reopening will finally mean the experience of the all-new West Coast Racers, a steel roller coaster that opened in 2020 just before the start of the pandemic.
What to know before visiting Knott’s Berry Farm
This year marks Knott’s centenary. In a statement released by Knott’s on March 12, Vice President and General Manager Jon Storbeck said he was both “encouraged and excited” by the recent announcement from the California governor’s office, but added that there was still “work to do” such as hiring and training new employees and working with government officials to finalize the guidelines. “Our plan is to welcome you back to Knott’s Berry Farm in May,” he said. Unlike other SoCal parks, Knott’s allows park visitors to purchase new annual passes for 2021 and any membership purchased before reopening will be valid for the remainder of the year. Additionally, Knott’s is proposing “a day-to-day extension” in 2022 for the number of days the park is closed in 2021. This represents at least four months of automatically billed days applied to 2022.
This all follows Universal, Knott’s and Disney all announcing changed events for March and early April with access inside the parks for socially distant shops, restaurants and photos. The “Touch of Disney” ticket, which focuses on outdoor attractions, immediately sold out, and only a handful of dates remain for “A Taste of Universal” and “Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival” restaurants. “. But given the planned reopening, not everyone will have to wait any longer to experience some of the magic of the theme park for themselves.
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This story was last posted on March 24, 2021. It has been updated with new information.