The COVID pandemic has definitely put a hold on fun for the year 2020 but these theme parks are about to open again with some new safety guidelines. For the most part all of the them parks require face masks, for patrons too purchase tickets ahead of time to control capacity and will have frequent cleaning. Be sure to check on each park's individual website for guidelines.
Here are some of the parks opening up and their guidelines:
Disney World Orlando started its phased reopening on May 20 with Disney Springs. The most recent news about the parks opening includes a plan submitted by Disney officials to open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11 followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.
The Downtown Disney District is planning to begin its phased reopening on July 9. Following proper government approval, Disneyland was set to reopen on July 17, but the opening was indefinitely delayed. There have been no updates on a potential reopening date.
Knott's Berry Farm
There are currently no official plans for reopening Knott's Berry Farm's Buena Park theme park; the website states it will only do so when it believes it can be done safely. For the time being, fans of Knott's can visit the California Marketplace with offerings from Knott's Chicken-to-Go restaurant, Farm Bakery, and the Knott's Berry Market. Events like Knott’s 100th Anniversary: A Knott’s Family Reunion have been postponed to 2021 so they can be celebrated properly. The park is also honoring 2020 season pass holders for the 2021 season.
Though the official theme park and rides are still closed, Knott's Berry Farm is opening up its Ghost Town area for a Taste of Calico food festival. The event will run on Fridays through Sundays from July 17 to July 26. Taste of Calico is meant to recreate the cancelled Knott’s Boysenberry Festival as a private ticketed event. Guests can purchase tickets for $25 for five food tastings and $15 for three tastings. Upon arrival, temperature checks, face masks, and social distancing are all required.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey and Six Flags Magic Mountain in California currently have no plans set in stone for reopening. You can stay updated on each park's specific plans on their respective websites. Currently, Six Flags Frontier City in Oklahoma City is open and has been since June 5. This park will start with a limited capacity of visitors and has plans to gradually increase the number of people allowed inside throughout the month.
Six Flags also announced a new mobile food ordering process that takes place on a smartphone app. Visitors can download the app, choose a food site at the park that offers mobile ordering, order and pay on the app, and then pick up with food through a non-contact process. This way, Six Flags guests can avoid lines and minimize person-to-person contact during their visits.
Universal Studios Orlando is currently open at limited capacity and with additional guidelines in place like mask requirements, on-site hand sanitizer available, and social distancing. While reservations are not required for Universal, since they are operating at a limited number of guests, there will be times the limit is reached and no additional visitors can enter. You can stay up-to-date with that on UniversalOrlando.com.
This article was originally published by Delish.com.