Disneyland & Other California Theme Parks Set to Reopen April 30th

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This pandemic has been pretty mouse-rible for Disney lovers! 😭

UPDATE! We have some exciting news for you Disney fanatics! The long-awaited reopening of Disneyland finally has a light at the end of a long, COVID-19 laden tunnel!

The iconic theme park is scheduled to be fully operational with limited capacity starting April 30th.

This news comes after California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, released new theme park guidelines and opening dates in what is being called his “Four-Tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.”

Since March of 2020, California theme parks have been primarily shut down, only opening for special events or food festivals without the use of rides. The latest guidelines will allow major parks like Disneyland to open their gates beginning April 30th, allowing for limited park capacity.

This news isn’t just limited to Disneyland either, other major parks would also be following the same guidelines including Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, and Legoland California!

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statues at Disneyland

While the progress is exciting, it is important to note that park admission is only limited to California residents at this time, and certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. As the risk level goes down, the parks will be allowed to increase capacity.

We’re happy to see the official April 30th reopening date! In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed 🤞 and maybe even wish upon a star 🌟 that soon everyone will be able to experience the magic of Disney once again!

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Comments 17

  1. kendallallen

    April fools… No it won’t!

  2. Becca

    All I have to say is….. about time! Can’t wait!

  3. Twinmamabird

    Uuughhh!!! What does this mean for those of us that purchased touch of Disney tickets?!

  4. America

    Get ready for another surge more like it. Only 16% of all Americans have been vaccinated to date and we are a country of nearly 330 million, so you do the math. Too soon to reopen and certainly not essential.

    • Kruiz528


    • Kachina

      Funny how WDW is able to do it without a surge, but you think CA is special or something. I’ve been to WDW twice in the past 3 months and nobody in my family came home sick. And everybody I know who has gone there in the past few months has come home healthy. In fact, this is the only time we’ve done Disney and haven’t gotten sick. Time to rethink your “logic.”

      • Kachina

        Oh, and guess what? We also flew there!!

    • Katie

      Definitely not essential. So many spoiled Americans complaining because they need their Disneyland open and don’t care about others. I’m glad that they’ve stuck to strict guidelines and not been bullied into reopening when things were clearly very unsafe.

      • Hannah

        Florida has had all of their theme parks open this entire time and guess what they are doing better than CA in terms of COVID even with a much older population. So clearly we’re doing something wrong. If you don’t want to go that is your choice but for folks who are ready it should be their choice. It’s also important to consider the communities that rely on tourism around these theme parks are financially ruined and another year would completely annihilate them. No need to call people spoiled some people would just rather begin living their lives than stay locked up in fear forever.

    • Melissa

      Stay home and wear your mask then, let the rest of us live how we want to, we’re all adults after all and can make decisions we feel comfortable with.

  5. Kruiz528

    Just like Trump said “this will all go away in April”

  6. Crystal

    Sea World in CA was open last September already. And, I don’t believe it was 15% capacity, but none of the rides were open.

  7. Hales

    The thing that makes me angry is that theres this big push by Gov Newsoms office to open everything now that he realizes the recall petition has a good chance of going through. It feels very politicized.

    • Katie

      Also ridiculous that people are blaming the virus on our governor. I’ve actually taken the time to listen to his many speeches in full and I couldn’t be happier to be living in CA. He was one of the few politicians that had the guts to take public safety first and deal with all the angry people that desired their business to thrive over people living. It’s all hard, but Newsom has kept us safe. I don’t know about this being a political move, it’s possible. I know we won’t be running back to any theme parks anytime soon.

  8. yjr2004

    When I hear that Disneyland was going to be open in April I was very excited. 15% capacity is perfect. No lines! Sign me up. I went on Disneyland website to see about buying tickets and there not selling any at this time. Do you know how to get tickets or who will be allowed in? I’m am in CA.

    • Katie

      No one knows any details yet.

  9. snezhinka

    Disney already mentioned before 25% capacity is nothing for them, to make profit they need to be open at least at 50% capacity. Just wait, time will show when in fact Disneyland will open.

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