California theme parks have had a tough go throughout the pandemic, as they have just begun reopening within the past few weeks, after remaining temporarily closed for over a year.
With California being one of the tourism capitals of the United States, watching Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and all of the other parks which are used to bursting with happy Guests have to keep their gates shut for over a year was saddening for so many theme park fans.
But, now that Disney and Universal theme parks are open again in California, things are looking up! Governor Gavin Newsom had set out theme park reopening guidelines back in 2020 in his Blueprint for a Safer Economy that ended up being given a “Blueprint refresh,” which helped the theme parks reopen earlier than expected.
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Before now, however, Los Angeles County was in the moderate orange tier but has most recently eligible to move into the minimal yellow tier, which will allow Universal Studios Hollywood to increase its capacity from 25% to 35%. As noted by ABC:
Entering the yellow tier will primarily allow higher capacity limits at most businesses. Fitness centers, cardrooms, wineries and breweries, for instance, would be permitted to increase indoor attendance limits to 50%, up from the current 25%; bars would be able to open indoors at 25%; outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium could increase capacity to 67%, up from the current 33%; and amusement parks could allow 35%, up from 25%.
This change is fantastic news for Universal Studios Hollywood, as it will now have the same capacity allowance as its sister park in Orlando, Florida, which means that the park will be able to bounce back financially even quicker.
It was on March 30 that LA County moved into the orange tier, allowing Universal to open once again on April 16, and it seems that just about one month later, the county has been able to once again decrease its COVID-19 numbers as precautions continue to be taken and as vaccines become more widely distributed.
As we have previously reported, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in LA County (and across the State of California) have rapidly been decreasing since more and more Californians have been able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. The LA Times wrote:
To date, 47.2% of Californians have received at least one dose and 28.8% are considered fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or the recently resumed single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
At the moment, Disneyland Resort, which is located in Orange County, remains in that moderate orange tier category, so their capacity will not increase to 35% just yet. Currently, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Another difference between the two parks is that Universal is welcoming vaccinated out-of-state visitors, whereas Disneyland is not.
That being said, there are stipulations, as noted by Universal:
At this time, online sales are restricted to California residents and front gate sales are restricted to fully vaccinated out-of-state visitors. Unfortunately, at this time, we can only welcome out-of-state visitors age 16 and over as children are not eligible for vaccination
Universal Studios Hollywood has a capacity of 21,000 Guests, which means that the park will admit around 7,349 Guests per day, once they raise their capacity from 25% to 35%. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are larger theme parks and can admit thousands more Guests per day than Universal can, so even though Universal can increase capacity, more Guests are able to enter Disneyland in any given day.
When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, Guests will have to adhere to the health and safety regulations set out by the theme park, including wearing face masks and social distancing. Click here to read all about the theme park reopening guidelines for California. You can read Universal’s official health and safety guidelines before your visit here.
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