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What to expect when Knott’s Berry Farm reopens this week

Knott’s Berry Farm will reopen this week with the new Bear-y Tales dark ride after a yearlong coronavirus closure as the Buena Park theme park prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary and relaunch the Summer Nights food festival later this month. Knott’s will reopen on Thursday, May 6 to season passholders following more than 13 months of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park will reopen to the general public on May 21. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new a...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Vallejo, Huff, DCA, Knott, Carlsbad, Great America


Six Flags Great America opens at COVID-reduced capacity. ‘With the year we’ve had, this is just a welcome escape.’

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is operating at reduced attendance levels utilizing a reservation system, keeping attendance at 25% of capacity per Illinois state guidelines.
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What to expect when Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopen this week

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will return this week with the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish dark ride, the wildly popular Rise of the Resistance attraction and the soon-to-change Splash Mountain log flume ride after a yearlong coronavirus closure. Disneyland and DCA will reopen on Friday, April 30 following more than a year of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland will begin soft opening previews for employees on Tuesday, April 27. Sign up for our Park Life news...
Tags: Star Wars, California, Disney, Haunted Mansion, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lincoln, Snow White, Resistance, Amusement Parks, Pixar, Disneyland, Orange County, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom


California theme parks can allow out-of-state visitors, according to new state guidelines

Disney, Universal and other theme parks in the state that had been forced to limit attendance to California residents can now allow out-of-state visitors under revised state guidelines — but not all parks are swinging open their gates to interstate travelers just yet. Revised guidelines in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy now allow fully vaccinated out-of-state visitors to attend activities or events that are currently limited to California residents only. California theme parks...
Tags: California, Disney, Sacramento, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Capa, Legoland California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, State, Johnson Johnson, DCA


What to expect when Universal Studios Hollywood reopens this week

Universal Studios Hollywood will return this week with the new Secret Life of Pets dark ride, revamped Jurassic World water ride and favorites like Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey and the Studio Tour after a yearlong coronavirus closure. Universal Studios Hollywood will reopen on Friday, April 16 following more than a year of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual and season passholders can return to the park on select dates during special preview Bonus Days running Thursday, April...
Tags: Hollywood, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Universal, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Santa Clara, Universal Studios, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Aecom, Anaheim


SeaWorld San Diego will reopen with rides and coasters next week after year without thrills

SeaWorld San Diego will bring back thrill rides and roller coasters next week after operating as a zoo, hosting food festivals and offering a once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru special event in an effort to keep the theme park partially open during the yearlong coronavirus pandemic. SeaWorld San Diego will fully reopen at limited capacity with rides, attractions and roller coasters on Monday, April 12, according to park officials. “We’re delighted to bring back some of the best thrill and family ride...
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Another California theme park to reopen this week

California’s oldest amusement park will return this week for thrill seekers eager to climb aboard roller coasters and thrill rides after more than a year of coronavirus closures that shuttered the state’s amusement parks. The 1907 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will reopen on Thursday, April 1 with select rides including the 1924 Giant Dipper wooden coaster and the 2013 Undertow spinning steel coaster. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southe...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Santa Clara, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Vallejo, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Knott, Carlsbad, Great America, SeaWorld San Diego


California theme parks must close some indoor rides and shows, state guidelines say

Revised state guidelines will force Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks to minimize attraction lines, close some indoor rides and shutter indoor shows once they reopen starting next week after more than a year of coronavirus closures. California has issued revised COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for theme parks that detail new rules and regulations regarding attendance, arrivals, queues, rides, shows, dining and shopping. The latest revised theme parks guidelines update ...
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Another California theme park sets April 1 reopening date

Legoland California joins an increasingly crowded field of California theme parks reopening on the first day possible under revised COVID-19 health and safety state guidelines following more than a year of coronavirus closures. The Carlsbad theme park will reopen on April 1 for two weeks of Park Preview Days before an official reopening on April 15, according to park officials. “It’s been a long and challenging year for all of us,” Legoland California president Kurt Stocks said in a statement. “...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, San Diego County, Santa Clara, Valencia, Legoland Hotel, Legoland California, Legoland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim


Six Flags Magic Mountain will be first Southern California amusement park to reopen on April 1

Six Flags Magic Mountain knows a thing or two about high-speed roller coasters and the Valencia amusement park will waste no time when it reopens on the first day California theme parks can return to full operations after more than a year of coronavirus closures. Magic Mountain will reopen for season passholders and members on April 1 and 2 before swinging open the gates to the general public on April 3, according to park officials. “Six Flags Magic Mountain is the undisputed Thrill Capital of t...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Valencia, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southern California, Tatsu, Anaheim, Vallejo, Knott, Niles, Magic Mountain


No screaming on California roller coasters and thrill rides, theme park association recommends

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland may need to add new warning signs at the entrances to their roller coasters and thrill rides when the California theme parks finally reopen: No screaming. You read that right. A roller coaster tradition as old as thrill rides themselves could go silent in California with the introduction of proposed statewide COVID-19 theme park guidelines that would bring an end to one of the most iconic midway sounds: Screaming. Ride enthusiasts could...
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How California theme parks will enforce out-of-state visitors ban

Disneyland, Universal and other theme parks in the state will hang “California Residents Only” signs outside their gates once they begin reopening in April after year-long coronavirus closures. California theme parks will be required to limit ticket sales to in-state residents under revised state guidelines. Which raises the question: How will parks ban out-of-state visitors? Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme p...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Arizona, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Illinois, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Myers, Knott, Great America, Dee Dee Myers, SeaWorld San Diego, Berry Farm


Knott’s Berry Farm will reopen in May after year-long pandemic closure

Knott’s Berry Farm will reopen in May with rides and coasters following a year of closures during the COVID-19 pandemic that saw the Buena Park theme park reinvent itself with a series of popular food festivals. Knott’s vice president and general manager Jon Storbeck announced the park will reopen in May to celebrate its centennial anniversary that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. “We can’t wait to celebrate 100 years of original family fun with you during our Knott’s Anniversary Celebra...
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Niles: California attractions need help from Californians this summer

So who’s going to Disneyland? With the state changing its rules to allow Disneyland and other California theme parks to reopen as early as next month, many fans are getting ready to return to the parks for the first time in more than a year. But not all Disneyland fans will be able to visit — at least not for a while. Yes, mandated capacity limits will keep many eager fans outside the gates when the parks return. But the state’s new rules also limit California theme parks to in-state visitors on...
Tags: California, Disney, America, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Anthony Fauci, San Diego Zoo, Southern California, Trump, Niles, Great America, Huntington Library


When will Disneyland and other California theme parks reopen?

Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks cleared to reopen under revised state guidelines may not return to full operations with rides and attractions until late April or even May because of previously scheduled special events. California theme parks can reopen on April 1 provided the counties they reside in reach the red/substantial tier 2 risk status of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s updated Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Many California theme parks have partially reopened with limited-time...
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Disneyland, Universal and other California theme parks can reopen April 1

California theme parks can reopen April 1 under updated guidelines from the state’s health department following a year of coronavirus closures that cost the parks billions and forced them to shed tens of thousands of jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new California theme park guidelines and opening date are part of a “refresh” of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern C...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Santa Clara, Legoland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Niles, Magic Mountain


California theme parks could be last to return in U.S. as New York sets reopening date

California theme parks could be the last to return from coronavirus pandemic closures in the United States now that New York has allowed theme parks to reopen and amusement parks in Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts have set reopening dates. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that outdoor amusement parks can reopen on April 9 with 33% attendance capacity limits and a host of “new normal” COVID-19 health and safety requirements — mandatory face coverings, social distancing, temperature check...
Tags: New York, California, Massachusetts, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Andrew Cuomo, Legoland California, Gavin Newsom, Hong Kong Disneyland, Cuomo


More than 40 U.S. theme parks set 2021 reopening dates

More than 40 theme parks across the United States have set 2021 reopening dates after the coronavirus pandemic forced many of the amusement wonderlands to postpone their 2020 season openings or remain closed for the entire year. Individual states in the U.S. have set their own COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines with California theme parks unlikely to return to full operation until spring or summer. Some California theme parks have partially reopened for special events without rides....
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Disney, Alabama, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, New Jersey, Michigan


California Assembly bill seeks to speed reopening of Disneyland and other theme parks

A new bill proposed by California state assembly members would speed the reopening of Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood and override Gov. Gavin Newsom’s guidelines that have kept large California theme parks shuttered for more than 10 months. California Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fulerton) announced plans to co-sponsor a bill that would require the state to allow all theme parks reopen in the same tier of Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The bill would be co-sponsored b...
Tags: California, Singapore, Disney, Sacramento, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Universal, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Capa, Legoland California, Gavin Newsom, State Assembly, Santa Clarita


Park Life: Disneyland reveals new annual pass options and gives ‘legacy’ passholders a new title

When is the first possible date Disneyland can reopen? What is a Legacy Passholder? When will Carthay Circle restaurant reservations be available? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. Passholder Perks Disneyland reveals new annual pass options in passholder surveys. Plus: Disneyland gives ‘legacy’ passholders a new title and...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Southern California, Rainforest Cafe, Niles, Great America, Buena Vista Street, Downtown Disney District, Anaheim CA, Jeff Gritchen, Carthay Circle


SeaWorld San Diego sets reopening date — and targets a return to daily operations

SeaWorld San Diego’s see-saw pandemic ride of fits and starts continues with the marine park partially reopening under California’s zoos and aquariums guidelines and setting tentative plans to return to daily operations in June. SeaWorld San Diego will reopen with capacity limitations and advance reservations on Saturday, Feb. 6 under the state’s zoo and aquarium COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. “We look forward to welcoming our guests back to our park for fun, safe and memorable experienc...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Santa Clara, Southern California, Busch Gardens, Vallejo, Niles, Great America, SeaWorld San Diego


First California theme park sets 2021 reopening date

California’s Great America became the first theme park in California to target a 2021 reopening date after remaining closed for the entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Santa Clara amusement park has set a target reopening date of May 22, according to an announcement from the park. “Our scheduled opening date is May 22,” California’s Great America officials said via email. “We continue to monitor state guidelines and work with industry and government officials to ensure our reope...
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Will California keep Disneyland closed until there’s a widely available coronavirus vaccine?

The company California keeps with the other four U.S. states that are still prohibiting theme parks from reopening after more than eight months of coronavirus closures doesn’t bode well for the reopening of Disneyland, Universal Studios and their Golden State counterparts. California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and Massachusetts are the only states that have not allowed theme parks to reopen in the United States, according to the California Attractions and Parks Association. Sign up for our P...
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Disneyland and Knott’s further from reopening with Orange County’s slide into most restrictive COVID-19 tier

Gov. Gavin’s Newsom’s decision to move nearly all of California into the most restrictive tier of his Blueprint for a Safer Economy puts Disneyland, Knott’s and other major California theme parks one step further away from reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom announced that Orange County — home to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Knott’s Berry Farm — will be moving into the state’s most-restrictive purple/widespread tier 1 during a news conference on Monday, Nov. 16. Sign ...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Seaworld, Solano County, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Orange County, Legoland, Southern California, Knott, Santa Clara California


Theme park group says state guidelines ‘sentence’ laid off and furloughed workers to ‘poverty’

A lobbying group representing Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks says COVID-19 reopening guidelines issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration will “sentence” laid off and furloughed workers to “poverty.” The California Attractions and Parks Association said in a statement that the decision to place the state’s large theme parks in the most-restrictive tier of Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy will keep the major tourist destinations closed indefinite...
Tags: California, Disney, Sacramento, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Capa, Parks, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Pratt, Great America, Guerrero, Universal Studios Hollywood


California mayors call on Newsom to reopen Disneyland, Universal Studios and SeaWorld

A coalition of mayors from Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego and other big cities across California have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and other large theme parks in the state. A letter from eight California mayors asks the governor to modify state guidelines released as part of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and allow large theme parks to reopen in the orange/moderate tier 3 rather than the yellow/minimal tier 4. The eight include Los Angeles May...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Capa, Eric Garcetti, Orlando, Disneyland Paris


No California amusement parks can reopen right now under new state guidelines

None of California’s small and large amusement parks closed for seven months by the coronavirus pandemic can reopen right now under the new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines issued as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. California issued long-awaited theme park reopening guidelines last week, but the new rules could leave small parks closed for weeks or months and major players like Disney and Universal unable to return until early 2021 or next summer. Sign up for our...
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When can Disneyland and other major California theme parks reopen?

California’s long-awaited theme park reopening plan left unanswered the most basic question on the minds of the major tourist destinations, their furloughed and laid-off employees and their die-hard fans: When can theme parks reopen? California issued long-awaited theme park reopening guidelines this week, but the new rules could leave large theme parks like Disneyland closed for weeks, months or even more than a year. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting...
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Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s and more considering legal action over California’s ‘unachievable’ reopening guidelines

California theme parks are considering legal action and keeping “all options open” after state officials issued reopening guidelines that could keep the major tourist destinations closed until early 2021 or even next summer. California Attractions and Parks Association executive director Erin Guerrero said during a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 21 that California theme parks are considering legal action to gain permission to reopen or to change the state’s newly-released reopening guideline...
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California allows theme parks to reopen, but Disney and Universal won’t return for weeks or months

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, but Disney, Universal and other large parks won’t be able to return for weeks or months. California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that amusement parks reopening guidelines have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Disne...
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