No Screaming on CA Roller Coasters, Guidelines Recommend

in Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood


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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s theme park reopening guidelines and the California Attractions and Parks Association — which represents theme parks, amusement parks, zoos, and more in California — have a new recommendation for the pandemic era: no screaming on roller coasters.

This news comes on the heels of the lessening of reopening guidelines for large theme parks in California which will allow parks such as Disneyland and Universal to open as soon as April 1.

Read our update on this news here!

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According to the Blueprint For a Safer Economy and the theme park reopening guidelines for California, it is strongly recommended that parks like Disneyland and Disney California Adventure attempt to avoid situations that would cause Guests to scream or shout as much as possible, as this can lead to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In the screenshot below from the CAPA Reopen CA Amusement Parks website, we can see that the association lists the concern regarding shouting (as found in Governor Newsom’s Blueprint For a Safer Economy and theme park reopening guidance) and then addresses the way that theme parks should operate accordingly:

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Credit: Screenshot via CAPA Reopen CA Amusement Parks website
As local Southern California new source the Orange County Register points out, it seems as though CAPA is acknowledging that screaming on roller coasters or thrill rides causes concern when it comes to the spread of the virus. But, they also say that theme parks should continue to enforce face masks and make modifications to the way attractions are loaded in order to help mitigate the effects of shouting on these attractions.
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This recommendation is part of CAPA’s reopening plan for the theme parks in California. In addition to the “no screaming” recommendation, face masks are compulsory.

We have seen that wearing face masks on roller coasters was implemented in Florida at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Employees at theme parks in Florida have been strictly enforcing the wearing of face coverings on attractions, and we expect that theme park employees in California at the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will do the same. Keep in mind, however, that neither Disney nor Universal have stated that they will enforce a “no screaming” policy at any of their theme parks.

This “no screaming” recommendation is also similar to the rules we previously reported on when Guests were asked not to scream while riding roller coasters at Tokyo Disneyland.

Hyperspace Mountain, Disneyland Paris
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What do you think about the “no screaming” recommendation? Let us know in the comments!

This article has been updated since it was originally published.

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