Guide to Southern California Amusement Parks Reopening 

Universal Studios Hollywood Reopening Date and Other Important Information
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD — Pictured: Universal Studios Hollywood Main Entrance — (Photo by: Universal Studios Hollywood)

Amusement parks in Southern California have been closed up for a long time due to the pandemic. We are so glad Southern California amusement parks are reopening. This guide will help you plan your next visit to these popular spots.

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Guide to Southern California Amusement Parks Reopening 

Los Angeles Amusement Parks 

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is now open and attendance will be limited in accordance with government guidelines. Universal CityWalk and the Universal Cinema are open.  At this time, theme park tickets are limited to California residents.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Come experience Southern California’s most thrilling theme park filled with over 100 exciting rides, shows, & attractions. Park is now open to California residents.

According to the State of California requirements, only ‘in-state visitors’ may make a purchase and/or reservation at the current time. By proceeding with the ticket and/or reservation, you confirm that you and your guest party size will not contain more than 3 households and all guests live in the state of California. Proof of residency may be required upon entrance.

Los Angeles Zoo

The Zoo is now open, with a modified experience. Advance-purchased, timed-entry reservations required for all guests, including members.

Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier has reopened to the public and remains accessible on a limited basis. The Pier is closed overnight. Public Safety officials continue to monitor the Pier and may close portions or all of the Pier on a temporary basis with limited notice to prevent groups from gathering or if maximum occupancy is reached. Face masks and social distancing are required.

Disneyland Reopening Date and Other Important Information

Orange County Amusement Parks 

Disneyland Resort

  • Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park will reopen on April 30, 2021. View important details about park admission and tickets.
  • To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid ticket, for the same park on the same date, are required for Guests age 3 and older. Until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, per state guidelines.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen on April 29, 2021. The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel remain closed and will reopen at a later date. View important details about Disneyland Resort hotels.
  • The Downtown Disney District is open with select retail and dining locations.
  • Upon reopening, certain parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and will be subject to limited availability or even closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. View important details.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm is reopening its gates as the theme park safely resumes regular operations on Friday, May 21st with limited capacity and new reservation requirements. Ticket sales and reservations will be available April 26th at 10am PST.

Adventure City

We are looking forward to entertaining you again! Adventure City is reopening starting April 16th 2021. At this time, ticket sales will be limited only to those who reside in California per State Guidelines. In order to meet the current 25% capacity limits, guests will need to purchase admission and make a reservation. Guests visiting the park must comply with all COVID-19 protocols including the wearing of facemasks. We can’t wait to have you back for family fun!

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Let Us Keep Your Family Safe While You Play. At Great Wolf Lodge, you’ll see some changes to your stay so your Pack can play safe. It’s our Paw Pledge. And it represents our commitment to keeping you healthy and safe during your stay.

As part of our Paw Pledge program to safeguard our guests and pack members we now require all guests, ages 2 and older, to wear a face covering that fully covers their nose and mouth, and secures under their chin, while visiting our resorts. Guests are required to wear a face covering in all public areas of the resort except while dining, visiting outdoor areas where a physical distance of six feet is maintainable, or when actively enjoying the water park attractions.  We appreciate your support of this initiative, as well as the other protocols put into place as part of our Paw Pledge commitment to ensure the health and safety of our guests and pack members while they play together at our resort.

Irvine Park Railroad

  • Visitors must stay at a distance of 6′ apart from each other.
  • Visitors must wear a face covering at all times; this excludes children 2 years of age and younger and
    those with special needs.
  • All staff are required to wear a face covering at all times.

Balboa Fun Zone

Is now Reopen

Boomers! Irvine

Plan Accordingly: Due to capacity limits, physical distancing, and periodic deep cleaning, access to restrooms will, at times, be limited. Also, due to physical distancing and sanitization procedures, there may be a longer than expected wait times.
Leave Your Cash At Home : To reduce the spread of germs, all transactions will be cashless. Save time by purchasing your tickets and food & beverage vouchers online. Limited cash changing stations are available inside the park.
Check Our Website & Social Media Regularly : Due to capacity restrictions per state guidelines, we may have to limit entry from time to time. Prior to your visit, please check our website or social media channels for updates.
Temporary Closures : Lazer Tag will be temporarily closed due to physical distancing requirements.
Food & Beverage / Parties : All food and beverages will be served in prepared containers. Due to group size limits, parties will not be permitted in our first phase of opening but we look forward to bringing them back just as soon as possible.

San Diego Amusement Parks


Due to limited capacity restrictions required by the CDC and state guidelines, all guests are required to make advanced reservations to LEGOLAND® theme park, SEA LIFE® aquarium, and LEGOLAND Water Park.

Sea World

SeaWorld San Diego is now operating as a theme park. Per state COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to California in-state visitors, and now out-of-state visitors will be required to show proof of a fully completed COVID-19 vaccine.

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

During our initial reopening phase, there will be limited shows, shopping, dining, and transportation experiences available at both parks—and the Zoo and the Safari Park will host fewer guests, operating at temporary on-grounds attendance capacity limits. Although your next visit might feel a bit different from your past treks through the Zoo and Safari Park, you’ll discover there is still plenty to see and do!

The safety and well-being of our guests, team members, and wildlife is our top priority. Both the Zoo and the Safari Park have implemented measures designed to ensure a safe and healthy guest experience. These measures meet and exceed current guidance from health authorities, including the CDC, along with requirements of the state of California and San Diego County. Please follow all posted instructions while visiting the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


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