Disneyland begins selling tickets to travelers from outside California
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have started selling tickets to out-of-state travelers for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed over a year ago, announced today Anaheim theme parks.
Both parks plan to begin admitting out-of-state visitors on June 15, when California must ease its pandemic restrictions on most businesses. Ticket sales and reservations for these dates are available immediately.
Disney parks will continue to require visitors to wear masks. They won’t need proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results.
The parks reopened on April 30 to Californians only. The decision to accommodate out-of-state visitors is important because long-haul travelers tend to spend more – booking hotel rooms, renting cars, and staying for multiple days – than park visitors, who usually use their own vehicle and return home the same day. , according to travel experts.
The state’s pandemic guidelines for theme parks have changed in recent months. Rules that allowed theme parks to reopen in April initially allowed them to admit only residents of California. After a few weeks, the state quietly updated its rules to allow parks to accept out-of-state visitors who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
State guidelines that go into effect June 15 recommend, but do not require, that theme parks require visitors to be fully vaccinated or show proof that they have recently tested negative for the coronavirus.
The California Attractions and Parks Assn., A lobbying group for state theme parks, recently released a statement that each park “will determine its own responsible reopening plans in accordance with state and local public health regulations. “.
Some parks are already admitting visitors from out of state. SeaWorld in San Diego was the first, followed by Universal Studios Hollywood. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park still only admit residents of California.
The federal government has suspended or restricted travel to the United States from several countries as part of an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Before the pandemic, travel and spending by Chinese tourists had reached record levels in the United States, with Chinese visitors spending heavily at Disneyland and other theme parks.
Under California’s current reopening guidelines, theme parks must limit their capacity based on a four-level, color-coded plan. Los Angeles and Orange counties entered the least restrictive level in May, allowing Disney Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm to cap attendance at 35% of capacity normal.
The level framework should become theoretical next month. California will drop it on June 15 as long as the vaccine supply is stable and the number of hospitalizations remains low, state health officials say.
Under guidelines due June 15, the state will lift its theme park attendance limits, as well as restrictions that require theme park patrons to stand six feet from one of the l other in the queues. The state’s requirement that indoor walks last no longer than 15 minutes will also be lifted.
Theme parks are classified under the new guidelines as a “mega outdoor event” that can accommodate over 10,000 people. Public health officials still view such events as a “higher risk of COVID transmission” and recommend that all participants wear masks. The guidelines also recommend that operators of such events verify that all participants are fully immunized or show that they have tested negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours before participating.
To verify a negative test result, participants can provide a printed card or view an email or text message from the test provider or lab, according to state guidelines. The venue operator or company may also require a “self-attestation” when booking or purchasing a ticket.
For proof of vaccination, state guidelines allow event organizers to accept a printed vaccination card, photo of the card, or self-attestation. To be fully immunized, people have to wait two weeks after their last vaccine – their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or their one and only Johnson & Johnson dose.
The acceptance by Disney parks of out-of-state visitors is part of a gradual revival of the resort. Disney California Adventure’s new Marvel superhero-themed Avengers campus opens June 4. The resort’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is already in operation, while its Paradise Pier Hotel is scheduled to reopen on June 15 and Disneyland Hotel on July 2.
The parks are also extending their opening hours. Starting July 1, Disneyland will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Disney California Adventure will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both parks are currently open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.