Hip, hop, hooray! Many of the Florida and California theme parks that were temporarily closed because of COVID-19 are starting to reopen. In Florida, Universal Orlando Resort reopened its parks to the public June 5 with limited capacity and temperature checks in place. Walt Disney World Resort reopened Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom on July 11, and EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios followed July 15.
Over on the West Coast, things were starting to hop along. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park reopened June 20. Universal CityWalk Hollywood began a limited reopening June 10. And Disneyland Resort reopened Downtown Disney on July 9. Beginning Dec. 7, 2020, Southern California went under a Regional Stay-at-Home Order that impacted theme park operation in the area. However, that Stay-at-Home Order has recently been lifted, which means that things are slowly starting to reopen once more!
These stateside re-openings follow the phased reopening of Shanghai Disneyland on May 11.
Here's the latest information about the status of the ski resorts, theme parks and resort hotels. We will continue to update as we learn more.
A few important notes: If Walt Disney World extends the theme park and resort closure, any impacted dates will automatically be covered. Your tickets will not lose their value!
- If your Walt Disney World date-based tickets are impacted, your ticket usage window will automatically be extended. You do not need to do anything!
- If your Walt Disney World Resort hotel dates are impacted, we will automatically cancel them for you. You do not need to reach out to us!
We are including helpful information if you have tickets below, but please also refer to our FAQs. If your travel plans are impacted within the next seven days and you do not see your question below, please send us an email at email@example.com with a subject line of "URGENT."
Current Status of Theme Parks and Resort Hotels
- Walt Disney World Resort - Walt Disney World Resort had a phased reopening of its theme parks, beginning with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom July 11. EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios followed July 15.
- Walt Disney World water parks plan to splash back into action in 2021. According to Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will reopen March 7, 2021. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will remain closed until further notice.
- Disney-owned and-operated hotels at Walt Disney World Resort have begun to reopen. Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground reopened to members and guests June 22. Disney Vacation Club properties in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, reopened June 15. Disney's Aulani is reopened Nov. 1.
- Disney Springs in Florida began a phased reopening May 20. During the initial opening phase, Disney Springs has limitations on capacity, parking and operating hours. Guests and cast members are required to wear face coverings. For more information, read our separate post about its reopening guidelines and procedures.
- Universal Orlando Resort - Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park reopened to the public June 5.
- Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando began limited operation of select venues May 14. Face coverings are required for team members and guests. Temperature checks will be done for guests upon arrival. Cashless payments are available at all venues, and self-parking will be free. For more information, read our separate post about its reopening guidelines and procedures.
- Select Universal Orlando Resort Hotels reopened June 2. The phased reopening of hotels includes Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites both opened in December 2020. Universal's Aventura Hotel and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort temporarily closed Jan. 1, 2021.
- SeaWorld Orlando - SeaWorld Orlando reopened to the public June 11. For more information, read our separate post about its reopening guidelines and procedures.
- Aquatica Orlando - Aquatica Orlando reopened to the public June 11.
- Discovery Cove - Discovery Cove reopened to the public June 11.
- Busch Gardens Tampa - Busch Gardens Tampa reopened to the public June 11.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort - LEGOLAND Florida officially reopened June 1. Its newest hotel, Pirate Island Hotel, also opened June 1. For more information, read our separate post about its reopening guidelines and procedures.
- Fun Spot America has reopened its Orlando and Kissimmee locations.
- ICON Park attractions, The Wheel at ICON Park, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Aquarium, have reopened.
Southern California had a Regional Stay-at-Home Order in effect Dec. 7 through Jan. 25. That affected theme park, zoo and aquarium events and dining, which are beginning to reopen. Keep hopping back for updates!
- Disneyland Resort - Disneyland Resort proposed a phased reopening, beginning July 9 with Downtown Disney. Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park will reopen at a later date (pending government approval), and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and Disneyland Hotel will remain closed and will open at a later date. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel will reopen May 2, 2021. A new ticketed food event is coming in March 2021.
- Downtown Disney in California began a phased reopening July 9.
- Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal CityWalk began a limited reopening June 10, but Universal Studios Hollywood remains closed until further notice. The shops and selects dining locations remain open.
- Knott's Berry Farm - Knott’s Berry Farm is currently closed until further notice. Knott's Berry Farm Hotel reopened Aug. 21. The California Marketplace is open, including Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Several outdoor dining events took place in summer and fall with more on the way. For more information, visit our complete guide to Knott's Berry Farm events.
- Aquarium of the Pacific - Aquarium of the Pacific reopened Feb. 1, 2021. Only outdoor areas are open.
- SeaWorld San Diego - SeaWorld San Diego has partially reopened as an outdoor zoo on select days (rides and indoor exhibits are closed). You can see all of the reopening details to know before you go here.
- San Diego Zoo - San Diego Zoo and Safari Park reopened Jan. 30, 2021. There is a new reservations system in place with dated ticket sales.
- LEGOLAND California - LEGOLAND California has temporarily closed its theme park, water park and aquarium. The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is taking reservations for visits beginning Feb. 12, 2021.
Disney Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Line has suspended all departures through April 2021, and select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings in May 2021.
Six Flags announced it would delay the opening or suspend the operations for the following parks and is re-evaluating on a park-by-park basis:
- Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California is closed but had a Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience Nov. 20, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021. They will reopen spring 2021 with rides.
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, California will remain closed through 2020.
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California (The Marine World Experience is open with reservations for select days.)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Concord, California
- Hurricane Harbor Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona (Reopened June 15 but is again temporarily closed)
- Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, Georgia (Reopened June 22 and reopens for the season June 1, 2021)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Austell, Georgia (Reopened June 22)
- Six Flags White Water in Marietta, Georgia (Reopened select days with reservation)
- Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas (Reopened June 22)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas (Reopened June 22)
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas (Reopened June 22)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Houston, Texas (Was set to reopen July 3 but temporarily delayed reopening again)
- Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Reopened June 5, 2020, and reopens for 2021 season March 13, 2021)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Reopened)
- Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri (Reopened June 26, 2020, for select days and reopens for 2021 season March 20, 2021)
- Six Flag America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Theme park and water park reopened for select days and reopen for the 2021 season March 6, 2021)
- Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari in Jackson, New Jersey (Drive-through safari opened May 30 and theme park reopened July 3, and both reopen for the season March 27)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey (Reopened select days)
- Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien Center, New York
- Six Flags Great America in Gurnee (Reopens late spring 2021)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, Illinois (Reopened July 27)
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Rockford, Illinois (Reopened July 22)
- Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts (Reopens late spring 2021)
- Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark (Reopened with limitations)
- The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor in Lake George, NY
- Six Flags Darien Lake in Buffalo, NY
Cedar Fair will reopen theme parks and water parks on a park-by-park basis. Most of these parks are seasonal and close for the colder months even after reopening for summer.
- Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, remains closed, however, Knott's Berry Farm has held tasting events beginning in July 2020. Hop over to our Knott's Berry Farm reopening and Knott's Berry Farm Events posts for details.
- Knott's Soak City
- California's Great America in Santa Clara, California, has set a tentative reopening date for May 22, 2021.
- Canada's Wonderland in Vaughn, Ontario, reopens May 14, 2021.
- Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, reopens May 22, 2021.
- Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, began a phased reopening July 9, 2020 and reopens in 2021 on May 14, 2021.
- Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reopened July 11 and reopen for the season May 22, 2021.
- Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, reopens May 22, 2021
- Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, reopened July 2, 2020.
- Michigan's Adventure Waterpark in Muskegon, Michigan, reopened July 16, 2020 and reopens for the season May 29, 2021.
- Valleyfair in Minneapolis, Minnesota, reopens May 22, 2021.
- Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, reopened June 22, 2020 and reopens for the season May 22, 2021.
- Oceans of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri
- Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas reopened June 13, 2020.
- Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Texas, reopened June 13, 2020.
- Shanghai Disney Resort partially resumed operations March 9 at Disneytown, Wishing Star Park and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. The park reopened May 11.
- Disneyland Paris reopened July 15. The park temporarily closed beginning Oct. 30, with a future reopening date of April 2, 2021, based on local ordinances.
- Tokyo Disney Resort reopened July 1 (including Tokyo DisneySea).
- Hong Kong Disneyland Resort reopened June 18 and temporarily closed July 15. It reopened Sept. 25, but closed again Dec. 2 indefinitely. It plans to reopen Feb. 19, 2021.
- Universal Studios Japan has reopened gradually, starting June 8 with a registration period for residents of Osaka Prefecture, and June 19 for residents of nearby regions.
How to Share the Disappointment of a Canceled Trip
Many families are facing this dilemma right now and we feel you. We've put together a post with ideas on how to share the disappointment with your kids. Plus we've created this toadally awesome, printable Travel Activity Book that your tadpoles can do at home!
Helpful Information If You Have Tickets
Walt Disney World Resort tickets don't lose their value. If you have an unused multi-day ticket that has been impacted by the current closures, please see updates below. You will be able to book your Advance Dining Reservations on My Disney Experience 60-days in advance of your theme park visit. Certain experiences may be modified or unavailable, including FastPass+ service. After you have linked tickets, it may take some time (a few hours up to a few days) before they appear.
- Unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days, or date-specific theme park tickets with a valid use period between March 12, 2020, through the closure will automatically be extended to use any date through Dec. 15, 2020. If you are unable to visit before Dec. 15, 2020, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date through My Disney Experience.
- For impacted visits, there may be some delay before you see an updated expiration date in My Disney Experience.
- Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours and Disney Villains After Hours from March 16 through the closure will be automatically refunded.
- Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney H2O Glow Nights and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be automatically refunded.
Customers with impacted check-in dates between March 20 through the closure at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel will automatically be canceled and refunded 100%. You do not need to contact us for this request.
Most Universal Orlando Resort tickets are valid up to 12 months from order date. If you have a promo ticket with “3rd Park Free”, the expiration will change from 5/22/20 to 12/18/20. If you have a current 2020 PROMO ticket, the expiration date has been extended to Dec. 17, 2021. Please see specific tickets for details.
During the closure, customers with impacted check-in dates between March 20 through May 31 at any Universal Orlando Resort Hotel will automatically be canceled and refunded 100%.
Most LEGO Florida tickets are also valid for 1 year from date of purchase. Please see ticket details for more information.
Most SeaWorld Entertainment (SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens) tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase. If you have a Discovery Cove or other reservation based ticket (Quick Queue, etc.) for a date prior to May 15, 2020, you may reschedule for free for any date prior to Dec. 31, 2021. Other tickets expiring while the park is temporarily closed will be automatically extended by one month.
Most Disneyland Resort theme park tickets are valid through 2022. Please see specific tickets for details.
- Unused non-promotional single day tickets that expire on Dec. 30, 2020, or March 31, 2021, will have the expiration date extended to Dec. 16, 2021. Wholly unused, non-promotional multi-day tickets that expire on Jan. 12, 2021, or April 13, 2021, will have the expiration date extended to Dec. 16, 2021, and the ticket will expire 13 days after first use or on Dec. 16, 2021, whichever occurs first. Guests with multi-day tickets who used their first visit between Feb. 28, 2020, and March 13, 2020, but did not reach their ticket’s maximum number of uses, will have the 13-day expiration period of their ticket extended to Dec. 16, 2021.
- Wholly unused promotional Child Tickets will be extended through Dec. 16, 2021. Guests who made their first visit between Feb. 28 and March 13, but did not reach their ticket’s maximum number of uses, will have the 13-day expiration period of their promotional tickets extended to Dec. 16, 2021. Block out days of 12/19/20-01/04/21, 03/26/21-04/11/21, 7/4/21 and 11/20/21-11/27/21 apply.
- The expiration date for the promotional Southern California Tickets will be extended through Dec. 16, 2021. Block out days of 11/21/20-11/28/20, 12/19/20-01/10/21, 03/26/21- 04/11/21, 7/4/21 and 11/20/21-11/27/21 apply.
- During the closure, the Hotels of Disneyland Resort will be 100% refunded.
Most Universal Studios Hollywood tickets are valid into 2021. If you have a SoCal promo ticket, the expiration has been extended from April 2, 2020, to Dec. 18, 2020. Please see specific tickets for details.
LEGOLAND California tickets are valid until March 31, 2021.
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park tickets are valid for one year from purchase date.
If you have planned to arrive from a country impacted by a travel ban, we will provide a 100% refund on your tickets. Please contact our customer service team with your order number at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you. Thank you for your patience as we work through refunds as quickly as possible.
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