California Theme Parks reopening Guidelines have been updated

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California theme park reopening guidelines have been updated. There are 13 pages of rules and regulations and all go into effect April 1, 2021.

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The new guidelines state that “Indoor rides must be limited to no more than 15 minutes. All queuing must be performed in outdoor settings only and guests from different households or other parties must be at least six feet apart during queuing.” So for rides with mostly indoor queues like Space Mountain, lines will likely be extended to spaces outside.

California theme parks will only be open to California residents. At this time, it doesn’t matter what COVID tier the counties are in, there is no plan for allowing non-Californian residents to visit theme parks. Guests will also need to make park reservations. “At the time a guest makes a park reservation and purchases park tickets, the park operators must obtain an attestation that when visiting the park, the guest’s party size will not contain more than 3 households and the guest, and all members of the guest’s party will be in-state visitors.”

Other guidelines like physical distancing and face coverings are similar to what we’ve already seen at other theme parks like Walt Disney World. Eating and drinking will only be allowed in designated areas and is prohibited while waiting in lines.

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There are also guidelines specific to each COVID risk tier:

  • Red – Substantial – Tier 2 
    • Parks must limit visitors to a maximum of 15% capacity.
    • Small Groups only – Limited to a maximum of 10 people or 3 household groups with no intergroup mixing
    • Indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 15%
    • No indoor dining
  • Orange – Moderate – Tier 3 •
    • Parks must limit visitors to a maximum of 25% capacity. 
    • Indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 25% 
    • Indoor dining limited to a maximum of 25% capacity
  • Yellow – Minimal – Tier 4 
    • Parks must limit visitors to a maximum of 35% capacity
    • Indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 25%
    • Indoor dining limited to a maximum of 50% capacity

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure plan to reopen on April 30 so long as Orange County reaches the Red tier in time. Many Cast Members have already been recalled. You can see all of California’s guidelines here.