If the energy in your household is about to blow, the reopening of our theme parks after a year of being quarantined might bring you a huge sigh of relief. Theme parks large and small have opened—or are gearing up to reopen. In most cases, advance registration is required and in all situations, capacity is limited.
While you and the kids will need to stay masked, no mask is thick enough to muffle the screams elicited by an exhilarating ride or the sighting of a favorite character. Here’s a list of area theme parks and their websites where you can find the most updated information on their reopening status.
Disneyland Resort’s Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, with limited capacity. Attractions, stores and restaurants will reopen, and beloved Disney characters will be on hand to welcome guests back to the park—socially distanced, of course.
The Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up, park officials say. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines.
Visit Disneyland.com for the most current information, including future details about ticket sales and reservations and which experiences are currently available or will be offered.
Six Flags Magic Mountain flew into April with a gust, opening its gates to guests on April 1 if they are passholders and April 3 to the general public.
The theme park details its “comprehensive reopening plan” on its website, stating that it was developed in consultation with epidemiologists and meets or exceeds federal, state and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene and social-distancing protocols. You can make reservations on the website, and check out which “Thrill rides” are available, including the new West Coast Racers, the world’s first single track quadruple launch racing coaster. Unlike traditional coasters, this first of its kind racing coaster features two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed launches.
Universal Studios will reopen April 16 and its flashing and flashy website is a whirlwind of an experience all its own, enticing viewers with soon-to-open rides and the “Taste of Universal” gourmet offerings, plus prominently placed COVID-19 protocols. The company gives this sobering reminder: “Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee exposure during your visit.”
While Knott’s Berry Farm is currently hosting its Taste of Boysenberry Festival through May 2, attractions at Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City are temporarily closed. Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, California Marketplace and Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant are open, however, and the park’s plan includes welcoming guests back sometime in May.
Meanwhile, at the Taste of Boysenberry Festival offers over 80 boysenberry-infused food and drink items, and guests can also shop from a variety of boysenberry-inspired merchandise, including event apparel, kitchenware and pre-packaged take-home sweets. View the calendar to find event days and hours.
Legoland reopened select attractions on April 1 and plans a wider reopening on April 15. Reservations are required.
Experience rides, LEGO CHIMA Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium and both LEGOLAND Hotels at a limited capacity with advanced reservations required. Enhanced health and safety measures includes reduced capacity, cashless payments, social-distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes.