After a full year of closures, both Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are gearing up to reopen their theme parks after recently announced reopening guidelines allow all theme parks in the state of California to reopen when their counties reach tier 2 of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Now, it seems that both Orange County and Los Angeles County are on track to have both parks technically allowed to reopen very soon as both counties inch closer to reaching tier 2.
In case you missed it, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently reworked the theme park reopening guidelines on the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” which will now allow large theme parks to reopen on a much faster timeline. Previously, neither Disneyland nor Universal Studios Hollywood were able to reopen until they hit the yellow/minimal tier 4, which would have only meant one positive COVID-19 case per 100,000 residents.
Now, as of April 1, the theme parks can reopen to a 15% capacity once they hit the red/substantial tier 2.
And it looks like that could happen relatively soon as the Orange County Register recently reported, “Orange and Los Angeles counties can move into the red/substantial tier 2 on March 17 if pandemic trends hold, according to state health officials.”
Reporter Brady McDonald went on to say:
“Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Knott’s can reopen April 1 if the COVID-19 case rate and other essential metrics continue to drop at a steady rate thanks to the continued rollout of coronavirus vaccinations in Orange County. Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain are in the same position as Los Angeles County heads toward red tier status on March 17. “
All of this being said, neither Disneyland nor Universal Hollywood has yet to announce a reopening date, although Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared that Disneyland Resort is targeting a late April reopening and Universal has shared some hopeful thoughts as well. Fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the COVID-19 cases in Southern California continue to drop so that Disneyland and Universal Hollywood can reopen once again.
After not being able to reopen for a full year, this news is finally the light at the end of the tunnel that Californians have been waiting for! That being said, both counties will need to hold their declining trend for the reopenings to occur, but so far, it seems that all is on track.
Until then, both Universal and Disney fans alike can get a small glimpse of what it will be like to reenter their favorite theme parks in full. At Disneyland, the A Touch of Disney event — a limited-time event that will start on March 18 and, according to the official Disneyland website, due to the overwhelming popularity, extend to April 18 — will allow Guests to roam around Disney California Adventure once more.
Now through March 14, Guests visiting Downtown Disney are able to enter DCA, but only on portions of Buena Vista Street, which opened by the extension of Downtown Disney. The event is currently sold out for the current dates listed. Buena Vista Street will close to prepare for A Touch of Disney on March 15.
Over at Universal, in just a few days beginning on March 12, Taste of Universal will commence. Like A Touch of Disney, Taste of Universal will charge Guests a ticketed fee to enter the park where they can eat and drink (at an added cost, of course) to their heart’s content.
When do you think Disneyland and Universal Hollywood will reopen?