Activities

What to know before you go back to amusement parks

The entrance to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park. The entrance to Pixar Pier at Disneyland® Resort

Many theme parks and other attractions nationwide have reopened. We look at what prospective visitors should know about each attraction before going, including how they're handling reservations, and health screening requirements, if any. 

This information is up-to-date as of June 1, 2021. Check the attraction websites below for the latest information. 

General tips

  • Many attractions require visitors to wear face coverings, though some only require them in certain areas. Visit an attraction's website to see what kinds of masks are allowed—some parks don't allow bandanas or neck gaiters, for example—and where they're required. Make sure to bring enough of the proper coverings for your whole family.

  • Social distancing is enforced in most places. Look for signs and instructions on policies such as how far apart to stand in line and how many people are allowed into indoor spaces at a time.
     
  • Many attractions offer free hand sanitizer stations, but consider bringing your own if you plan it use it frequently.
     
  • Check if the attraction you're visiting has an official mobile app. Many allow you to order food remotely, wait in line, and make touchless payments while maintaining social distance.

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Western attractions

Disneyland Resort logo

Disneyland® Resort

(Anaheim, California)

Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park have begun a phased reopening. Until June 15, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, per state guidelines. Beginning June 15, out-of-state residents may also visit the parks. Park capacity is limited; in order to manage attendance, all guests 3 and older must have an advance theme park reservation for the same day and same park they want to visit, in addition to a valid ticket.

The Downtown Disney® District is open with select retail and dining locations. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa has begun a phased reopening, while Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel is planning to open June 15, 2021. The Disneyland® Hotel is scheduled to reopen separately on July 2, 2021.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

(Los Angeles, California)

Universal Studios Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. Visitors must either be California residents, or out-of-state residents who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID will be required for out-of-state visitors). Party size for all visitors is limited to a maximum of 3 households. 

Select venues are open for limited operations at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, including the Universal Cinema AMC.

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San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park

(San Diego, California)

The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are open. Either a reservation or an advance ticket is required to enter the parks. There are no restrictions on out-of-state visitors, and they do not need to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19. 

Cloth face coverings are required for all guests 2 and older. Visitors will answer a few health screening questions before entering the grounds. Same-day re-entry is not allowed.

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Knott's Berry Farm

(Buena Park, California)

Knott’s Berry Farm, Knott's Berry Farm Hotel, and California Marketplace are open at limited capacity. Until further notice, Knott's is only open to California residents. Reservations are required for single-day tickets and season passholders. All 2020 and 2021 season passes purchased through May 5, 2021, will be valid through May 5, 2022. All tickets purchased for 2020 will be valid for any regular operating day through December 31, 2021.

Knott's Soak City announced plans to reopen on May 29, 2021.

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LEGOLAND California Resort

(Carlsbad, California)

The LEGOLAND California theme park, Sea Life aquarium, and select attractions in the LEGO CHIMA Water Park are open. Visitors must either be California residents, or out-of-state residents who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID will be required for out-of-state visitors). Group sizes are limited to no larger than 3 households. Advanced reservations are required for all guests to ensure reduced capacity.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain

(Los Angeles, California)

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor are open with limited capacity. Currently, only California residents can buy tickets and make reservations. Tickets must be purchased online ahead of time, and all visitors must have an advance reservation. Group sizes are limited to no more than 3 households.

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SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

(San Diego, California)

SeaWorld San Diego is open with reduced capacity. Attendance is currently limited to California in-state visitors, or out-of-state visitors who can show proof of a fully completed COVID-19 vaccine. Party sizes may not contain more than 3 households.  Advance reservations and face coverings are required to enter the park.

Starting June 15, SeaWorld San Diego may return to usual operations with no COVID-19 restrictions.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

(Long Beach, California)

After a long period with only outdoor exhibits open, all of the Aquarium of the Pacific's indoor exhibits are now open as well. That includes sea otters, sharks, sea jellies, frogs, and more in the Tropical, Northern, and Southern California/Baja Galleries. All visitors must have a timed ticket or reservation. 

Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and up at all times. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will not be admitted. The maximum party size is 6 guests.

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Central attractions

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Six Flags St. Louis

(St. Louis, Missouri)

Six Flags St. Louis is open. Advance reservations are no longer required. Guests will receive a temperature check on arrival. Face coverings are not required, but Six Flags recommends that guests who have not been vaccinated wear a face covering during their visit.

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Six Flags Over Texas

(Arlington, Texas)

Six Flags Over Texas is open. Advance reservations are no longer required. Guests will receive a temperature check on arrival. Face coverings are not required, but Six Flags recommends that guests who have not been vaccinated wear a face covering during their visit.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

(San Antonio, Texas)

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is open. Advance reservations are no longer required. Guests will receive a temperature check on arrival. Face coverings are not required, but Six Flags recommends that guests who have not been vaccinated wear a face covering during their visit.

Until June 5, 2021, White Water Bay water park is only open on weekends. Daily operation will resume June 5-September 6, 2021.

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

(Houston, Texas)

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is open daily beginning May 29, 2021. Advance reservations are not required. Guests will receive a temperature check on arrival, and all guests older than 2 are required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit, except in water attractions and Mask Break Zones.

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SeaWorld San Antonio

(San Antonio, Texas)

SeaWorld San Antonio is open. Both a ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry. Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. All guests will undergo a health screening on entry, including a temperature check.

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Cedar Point

(Sandusky, Ohio)

Cedar Point is open Thursdays through Mondays beginning May 28, 2021, and daily beginning June 24, 2021. Advance reservations are required for admission. Visitors will complete a health questionnaire before entering. Face coverings are required in indoor spaces for guests age 10 and up who are not fully vaccinated; coverings are not required outdoors unless social distance can't be maintained.

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Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun

(Kansas City, Missouri)

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are open on select days until June 11, 2021 when the parks will begin operating daily. Advance reservations are required for Oceans of Fun Waterpark, but not for Worlds of Fun. Visitors will complete a health questionnaire before entering. Face coverings are required in indoor spaces for all guests age 2 and up; coverings are not required outdoors unless social distance can't be maintained.

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Eastern attractions

Walt Disney World logo

Walt Disney World®

(Orlando, Florida)

All 4 of the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks are open, along with select hotels. Disney's Blizzard Beach is open, while Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is closed. Current and future ticket holders must make a reservation through the new Disney Park Pass System for every person older than 3.

Face coverings are required for all guests 2 and older, and temperature checks may be required at some locations. Make the most of your visit by downloading the My Disney Experience app to your mobile device prior to your visit to the park.

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Universal Orlando Resort

(Orlando, Florida)

Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, and Universal CityWalk are open daily. Reservations are not required. Because of reduced capacity, the theme parks may reach capacity and limit entry and ticket sales.

Face coverings are not required outdoors, but are required indoors and in line at all attractions.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort

(Winter Haven, Florida)

The theme park, water park, and hotels are open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Reservations are not required. Guests who are fully vaccinated are only required to wear face masks while on rides. Guests 8 and older who are not fully vaccinated must wear face masks while indoors and on rides. 

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SeaWorld Orlando

(Orlando, Florida)

SeaWorld Orlando is open. Both a ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry. Reservations are also required for Fun Card and Annual Passes.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. 

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Aquatica Orlando

(Orlando, Florida)

Aquatica Orlando water park is open daily. A ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry. Reservations are also required for Fun Card and Annual Passes.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. 

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Discovery Cove

(Orlando, Florida)

Discovery Cove is open. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended, especially during the busy summer season. Most tickets are date-specific. 

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. 

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

(Tampa, Florida)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is open daily. Both a ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry. Reservations are also required for Fun Card and Annual Passes.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. 

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Adventure Island

(Tampa, Florida)

Adventure Island water park is open daily through September 6, 2021. Both a ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry. Reservations are also required for Fun Card and Annual Passes.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors. 

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

(Williamsburg, Virginia)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is open daily; Water Country USA water park is open on select days until June 28, 2021 when it will be open daily. A ticket and an advance reservation are required for entry.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors.

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Six Flags New England

(Agawam, Massachusetts)

Six Flags New England is currently open on select days, and daily beginning June 11, 2021. Hurricane Harbor is open on select days, and daily beginning June 25, 2021. Advance reservations will no longer be required starting May 29, 2021.

Guests will receive a temperature check on arrival, and all guests older than 2 are required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit, except in water attractions and Mask Break Zones.

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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

(Allentown, Pennsylvania)

Dorney Park is currently open on select days and Wildwater Kingdom will open on select days starting May 29, 2021. Both parks will open daily beginning June 16, 2021. Reservations are not required to attend Dorney Park, but are required for admission to Wildwater Kingdom.

There is a health questionnaire for entry, but temperature checks have been discontinued. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to wear face coverings; otherwise, all guests 2 and older are required to wear a face covering except when eating, drinking, or at water attractions.

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Kings Dominion & Soak City

(Richmond, Virginia)

Kings Dominion is currently open on select days and will open daily beginning June 18, 2021. Soak City water park will open daily starting June 19, 2021. Guests with daily tickets only need to make a reservation if they plan to visit Soak City. Season Passholders must have a reservation to visit Kings Dominion alone as well as Soak City.

There is a health questionnaire for entry, but temperature checks have been discontinued. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to wear face coverings; otherwise, all guests 5 and older are required to wear a face covering indoors (except when eating) and wherever social distance cannot be maintained outdoors.

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Carowinds

(Charlotte, North Carolina)

Carowinds is currently open on select days and will open daily beginning June 11, 2021. Carolina Harbor water park will open daily starting June 19, 2021. Guests with daily tickets only need to make a reservation if they plan to visit Carolina Harbor. Season Passholders must have a reservation to visit Carowinds alone as well as Carolina Harbor.

There is a health questionnaire for entry, but temperature checks have been discontinued. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to wear face coverings; otherwise, all guests 5 and older are required to wear a face covering indoors (except when eating or drinking).

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