What’s going on at California theme parks? When it comes to the latest news about Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Inside the Magic has got you covered. Here’s what we can expect to hear about California theme parks this week, specifically when it comes to the new event at Disney California Adventure and the efforts being made to reopen theme parks sooner.
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Tickets Go on Sale For Disneyland Resort Event
On March 4, you can log onto the Disneyland Resort website and purchase tickets for A Touch of Disney. Note that at this time, Disney has not announced what time tickets will go on sale, although the company has encouraged Legacy Passholders (former Disneyland Annual Passholders) to stay tuned to the official Legacy Passholder Facebook page to be among the first to purchase tickets.
We have published a number of articles with information about A Touch of Disney, the all-new, limited-time, separately ticketed event starting March 18 at Disney California Adventure.
- Disney California Adventure Event: Price, What’s Included, and More!
- Disneyland Resort Is Bringing Back Characters NEXT MONTH For A Touch of Disney!
- Here’s What Will Be Open at Disneyland’s Limited-Time Event
- How Disney California Adventure Will Operate in the Pandemic
Click here to read more information on the official Disney Park webpage for A Touch of Disney.
Bill to Reopen Theme Parks Could Make Progress
In other news, the bill to reopen California theme parks in the Blueprint For a Safer Economy’s tier 3 instead of tier 4 (Assembly Bill 420) can be heard in committee on March 7 and therefore could be making progress very soon.
California legislators and state officials are seeking to expedite theme park reopenings so that all theme parks and amusement parks in California can reopen in tier 3, regardless of their size. This would mean that theme parks like Disneyland Resort in Orange County and Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles County could potentially reopen as soon as April, if the bill passes.
Both the Anaheim City Council and the LA County Board of Supervisors have voiced their support for AB 420, a bipartisan bill sponsored by assemblymembers Sharon Quirk-Silva and Suzette Valladares. The California Attractions and Parks Association — which represents theme parks and amusement parks across California, including Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as well as Universal Studios Hollywood — has also advocated for the bill to pass so that all theme parks can reopen sooner rather than later.
At this time, California has separate reopening guidelines for large theme parks — defined as those with daily capacities over 15,000 — and small theme parks. Assembly Bill 420 seeks to remove this separation and allow all amusement park properties, regardless of size, to reopen in tier 3.
According to the bill, it may be heard in committee on March 7, so many theme park fans and supporters of the bill hope to get some good news regarding the reopening of California theme parks sometime soon. We’ll update our website when more information is released regarding the bill and the impact it may have on the reopening guidelines for large theme parks like Disney and Universal.
For more information on the current theme park reopening guidelines in California, read our article here.
Any Word From Universal Studios Hollywood?
So, what’s going on with Universal? Right now, we’re not so sure.
It appeared to many fans that the theme park destination was scheming to reopen for shopping and dining, much like other parks (Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, etc.) have announced. However, to this day, Universal Studios Hollywood remains the only major theme park in Southern California that has not announced any sort of reopening, even just for food and retail. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Great America, and other amusement parks have also shared that they plan to reopen soon — but other than a few hints on social media, Universal Studios Hollywood has stayed silent on any upcoming plans.
The theme park did, however, post this cryptic Tweet:
Feeling good about this week.
Feeling good about this week.
— Universal Studios Hollywood (@UniStudios) March 1, 2021
For now, just like the Downtown Disney District, Universal CityWalk Hollywood remains open for outdoor dining and shopping. We hope to get more information from Universal soon.
Do you think California theme parks should reopen soon? Do you plan to buy tickets to the new event at DCA? Let us know in the comments.
This article has been updated since it was originally published.