CA to Allow Indoor Dining – What This Means for Theme Parks

in Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood

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Voice of OC has reported that indoor dining, movie theaters, and gyms in Orange County, California are all allowed to resume operations beginning on Sunday so long as Orange County’s numbers have improved enough that state officials will move the county into the next tier. ABC7 also reported that L.A. County can reopen indoor dining at restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters as early as Monday.

So, what does this mean for Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood?

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At this time, there is no indication that indoor dining can resume within the theme parks themselves — Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, or Universal Studios Hollywood — since the state guidelines currently say that only outdoor dining will be allowed when the theme parks reopen in the red tier, tier 2, at 15% capacity.

With this being said, it does mean that both Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Universal CityWalk Hollywood could potentially reopen indoor dining once the county moves into the next tier, at a limited capacity. But, at the time of publication, neither location has shared an update just yet.

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So, again, even though indoor dining can reopen in L.A. County and Orange County as early as Sunday, which gives hope for the restaurants at both Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, we have not yet heard which locations at Universal CityWalk or Downtown Disney will be opening for limited indoor dining at a reduced capacity.

It is really important to keep in mind that even though the red tier (tier 2) allows indoor dining at a limited capacity when a county reaches that tier, the new theme park reopening guidelines provided by Governor Newsom clearly state that the theme parks reopening in the red tier are not allowed to have indoor dining — only outdoor dining. So, there is a chance that a Guest could dine inside at a restaurant at Downtown Disney but only dine outside while visiting the theme parks.

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If either of these California locations do end up announcing that they will be resuming indoor dining at a limited capacity, we could see restaurants such as Ballast Point Brewing Co., Naples Ristorante e Bar, and Tortilla Jo’s at Downtown Disney as well as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Blaze Pizza and Poke Bar at Universal CityWalk Hollywood welcome Guests back inside at a limited capacity.

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Here is a full list of currently open eateries at Downtown Disney:

  • Ballast Point Brewing Co.
  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Jamba
  • La Brea Bakery Cafe
  • Naples Ristorante e Bar
  • Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
  • Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express
  • Salt & Straw
  • Starbucks
  • Tortilla Jo’s
  • Uva Bar & Cafe
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
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Here is a full list of currently open eateries at CityWalk:

  • Antojitos
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp CO.
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Blaze Pizza (Open Thursday – Sunday)
  • Cinnabon (Open Friday – Sunday)
  • Jamba Juice (Open Friday – Sunday)
  • Johnny Rockets
  • Mini Monster (Open Thursday – Sunday)
  • Pizza Hut/KFC
  • Poké Bar (Open Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Sparky’s Mini Donuts and Chocolates
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Bell
  • The Habit
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen (Open Friday – Sunday)
  • Voodoo Doughnut
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels (Open Saturday & Sunday )
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats
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More on the Reopening of California Theme Parks

Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and Universal Studios Hollywood have remained closed since last March due to the ongoing pandemic, but just recently, the major theme parks located within the state of California, including Disneyland Resort and Universal Hollywood, received some positive reopening news.

As we mentioned earlier, the theme parks are now allowed to reopen in tier 2 at 15% limited capacity, but the theme parks can only host California residents only — no out-of-state Guests are allowed.

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Though we still do not have an exact opening date for either of these major California theme parks destinations with regard to Disneyland, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek did confirm during the shareholder’s meeting that he hopes to have both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure reopened by the end of April.

At this time, Downtown Disney District, and by extension portions of Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, are open to Guests for select outdoor dining and shopping. And next week, Disney California Adventure will be opening up more of its theme park as they will host an event titled A Touch of Disney.

A Touch of Disney will bring Guests a selection of iconic food and beverage items from both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure as well as possibly seeing Mickey and the gang from a safe social distance! For more information on this event, visit Disneyland’s website here.

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Additionally, Universal Studios Hollywood just kicked off its event, Taste of Universal, today, which brings theme park fun to visitors despite no attractions currently operating. For more information on this event, visit Universal’s website here.

Inside the Magic will keep you updated as we get information regarding indoor dining at Downtown Disney and CityWalk Hollywood, as well as when the theme parks plan to reopen once that information is released.

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