According to The OC Register, California theme parks can reopen April 1 under updated guidelines from the state’s health department are part of a “refresh” of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The blueprint allows Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks to reopen as early as April 1 once the counties they are located in reach the red/substantial tier 2 risk status.

The capacity will be limited and based on the counties risk status (red, orange, yellow) but will not surpass 35% for the time being. Disneyland was initially closed on March 14th, 2020 and appears to finally be returning over a year later.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida was also shut down in mid-march but was re-opened in full by July 15th with strict mask and health policies. Despite the pandemic still raging on, Disney’s park profits were impressive in Q1 in 2021. “Vaccine progress, pent-up demand and pandemic-driven cost efficiencies position the parks segment for a strong rebound in FY22 and record profits in FY23,” according to a UBS analysts report.

No official opening date is set for Disneyland or the other California theme parks but the green light has officially been given to bring some family fun and jobs(!) back to California.

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