Amusement Parks During Pandemic

Photo of Downtown Disney blue entrance arch.

Photo of Downtown Disney blue entrance arch.

Jeanette Bustos and Jatziry Carreon

With coronavirus cases increasing, amusement parks in California are not opening anytime soon. Amusement parks take a step forward until the county is in a less restrictive COVID-19 rank.

Disneyland/Disney California Adventure, and Knott’s Berry Farm moved onto the state’s most-restrictive purple/widespread tier 1 during a state conference that took place on Monday, November 16. 

As of right now, theme parks will remain closed and will not return to full operations until early 2021 or next summer. 

However, for Disney fanatics or others that just want a bit of Disney magic again, Downtown Disney has opened a variety of shopping and dining experiences at the Downtown Disney District. As of November 19, 2020, Downtown expanded onto Buena Vista Street in California Adventure for more shopping and dining but all rides remain closed.

Map of the theme park Knott’s Berry Farm including the menu of foods that will be available during Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm.

As for Knott’s Berry Farm, who has been offering their visitors outdoor food festivals since August 21, the rides themselves remain closed. It is said that the Taste of Merry Farm event at Buena Park will not expect much affection from Orange County’s move to the purple/widespread tier 1. 

Some major theme parks have been reopened in the past few months but only for dining and shopping.

With SeaWorld San Diego reopened with limitations and guidelines, they had to temporarily reclose its doors again to visitors because of San Diego also entering the purple/widespread tier 1.

Photo of Six Flags Magic Mountain empty car entrance.

For those extreme thrill coaster fans, you will be happy to know Six Flags Magic Mountain is fully operating for the holidays in Valencia, CA with new COVID-19 safety guidelines for a safer trip. If you are really up for the drive, their Holiday in the Park returns November 20 as a drive-thru experience which features millions of lights, new treats, and some memorable surprises.