We have hopping good news! LEGOLAND California is getting ready to reopen. The LEGOLAND Hotel has reopened, as well as The Big Shop inside the theme park. Plus, Miniland U.S.A. is open for hotel guests, passholders or people who purchase up to $25 at The Big Shop (one purchase covers a party of four). Hip, hop, hurray! The SEA LIFE Aquarium reopened too! Plus, during select dates in October, guests can celebrate Halloween in Miniland! While the theme park and water park have not officially announced reopening dates, the theme park is ready to open as soon as California government gives the thumbs-up. But don't start making those park plans just yet.
The SEA LIFE Aquarium opened temporarily earlier this summer, but it closed again due to state restrictions. We are so hoppy to see it's open again now that San Diego County COVID-19 numbers are improving. California theme parks have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19 since mid-March, but now they're all gearing up to resume operations as soon as they get government approval. The reopening procedures differ from park-to-park, so we've got you covered when it comes to what to expect when the California theme parks reopen. We are building up to the fun with the LEGOLAND California reopening. Here’s everything you need to know before you go!
Also, before we get into the LEGOLAND California reopening details, let's talk about Halloween in Miniland. While the LEGOLAND theme park awaits reopening guidance from the governor, LEGOLAND is holding an outdoor retail and dining experience during weekends in October. So grab your Halloween costume and get ready to build a LEGO pumpkin.
Halloween in Miniland is held Oct. 2–4, 9–11, 16–18, 23–25 and 30–31. Admission is $12.99 per person (for four hours), and parking is $5. Guests can participate in a themed scavenger hunt, and kids 3–12 receive a goody bag and a LEGO Minifigure. The park, SEALIFE Aquarium (separate admission) and the hotels have Halloween decor and costume character appearances. While in the park, you can taste fall teats such as Granny's Apple Fries. Yum! We've missed those treats! Just remember to wear a face covering with your costume (costume masks won't cut it). All the following LEGOLAND reopening health and safety rules apply.
LEGOLAND California Reopening Details
As you may have guessed, you can expect several health and safety changes to LEGOLAND. You’ll notice that some play areas, restaurants and rides will remain closed. All LEGO brick pits have been removed from common play areas to reduce cross-contamination. Overall, we hope you’ll find the park cleaner than ever before and comfortable with the physical distancing measures in place.
LEGOLAND California Reopening Dates
The LEGOLAND California theme park reopening is hoppening soon pending government approval)! Park hours may vary per day, so check the calendar before your visit. The SEA LiFE Aquarium reopened for select days beginning Sept. 4. In the meantime, The Big Store inside LEGOLAND has reopened, as well as the LEGOLAND hotels.
Preparing for Your Arrival to LEGOLAND California
Purchase LEGOLAND California Resort tickets in advance to save yourself an extra stop at the ticket booth. (Plus, you'll save some $$$ when you buy with us!) In fact, advanced purchase tickets may be required once the park reopens because capacity is limited (set at 25 percent or of normal capacity). If you already have tickets, you will need to pre-book a date and time slot to ensure your spot. Use the icon for booking only and not admission (this will be available once the park is closer to reopening).
You must purchase SEA LIFE Aquarium tickets in advance as well. Aquarium tickets are $9.99 (there are discounts for hotel guests). You must choose a date and time when purchasing. Arrive 10 minutes early. Parking is free for a limited time. Take a look at the SEA LIFE Aquarium with Tad's video on our YouTube channel.
Before leaving home, stay up-to-date on the latest information by checking LEGOLAND California’s website. Download the mobile app to check park hours, wait times and find the nearest hygiene station. Vendors are not accepting cash payments, so have a credit or debit card ready. When you park, leave a space on each side of your car. And be sure to bring face coverings for you and the tadpoles!
Pack a mask for each family member age 2 and up, as California state law requires face coverings. Also bring a back-up face covering in case you drop yours, lose it on a ride, or get it dirty or wet.
All guests ages 3 and up must wear a face covering unless they produce a note from a physician or qualified health care provider that they have medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Those exempt from the requirement should remain at least six feet away from guests not in their party and wear wristbands while in the resort so that LEGOLAND personnel know not to ask them to re-apply face coverings.
People who are hearing impaired do not need a note. Same for people communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering and have questions about the policies and how they may impact you or those in your party, please contact Guest Services prior to your visit.
Guests may remove the mask in restroom stalls while eating or drinking in a restaurant when six feet away from other parties and in designated “cool off” areas.
All guests will undergo a non-invasive temperature check and quick health check.
The park will not admit guests who have:
- Coughing, fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or more), or difficulty breathing
- Been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days
- Traveled internationally in the last 14 days
- Been in a location with widespread COVID-19 transmission in the last 14 days
- Been in close contact with a person known or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
Front Gate Height Checks
Froget the days of checking your tadpole’s height at each ride and wondering if they are tall enough! All height checks will be conducted at the front gate. Froglets who still have room to grow into an attraction will receive a wristband that indicates which rides they are eligible to ride.
Let’s take a closer look at the safety measures you can expect once you enter the resort.
LEGOLAND California Reopening Safety Measures
During this initial reopening phase, LEGOLAND California must follow California government guidelines for all theme parks, as well as San Diego Tourism Authority’s San Diego Attraction Reopening Health and Safety Plan. You can expect limited capacity and the following safety measures to be in place during your visit. Keep in mind that these measures may change over time as the situation changes.
- Capacity is limited to 25 percent.
- Purchase date-based tickets in advance.
- People with existing tickets can book a date and time to reserve their spot.
Face Coverings and Health Checks
- All guests 2 and up must wear face coverings (except when dining).
- Guest health checks, including temperature screening and answering a series of questions.
- Guests with COVID-19 symptoms, those who have been in contact with someone known or suspected of having COVID-19, or those with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be admitted.
Employee (Model Citizen) Screenings and Protection
- Mandatory health and safety COVID-19 training for all employees.
- Wellness checks for employees prior to the start of the workday.
- Employee temperature checks using contactless infrared thermometers.
- Employees wear protective face masks.
- Hygiene barriers at check stands.
Entrance and Security Checkpoints
- Reduced attendance capacity to ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained throughout the property.
- A minimum distance of six feet at ticket booths, security queues, inspection tables and park entrances to maintain proper social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer stations at ticket booth windows and park entrances.
- Visitors are asked to open their own bags for security inspections to minimize contact.
- Signage throughout park states new health and safety guidelines.
- Markers and signs encourage social distancing (bonus: they are whimsical and fun!).
- Guests follow directional markings.
- One-way traffic on narrow pathways to manage pedestrian flow.
- Modified photo opportunities with costumed characters to maintain six feet minimum distance.
Sanitization and Disinfection
- Additional hand-washing stations throughout the park.
- Reduced restroom capacity to maximize social distancing.
- Maintain six feet minimum distance in restrooms.
- Employees frequently sanitize restrooms.
- LEGOLAND has removed all LEGO brick pits from common play areas to reduce cross-contamination.
Rides and Attractions
- Hand sanitizer dispensers at each ride entrance and exit.
- Markers throughout rides and queues indicate where to stand to maintain six feet minimum distance.
- Staggered seating on each ride and empty rows between parties.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of ride vehicles, queue railings and touch points.
- Smaller guests undergo one height check and receive a wristband that indicates which rides they are tall enough for — no more measuring up at each attraction.
- Select restaurants may be open.
- Dining areas have distanced seating areas.
- Prepackaged grab-and-go snack and meals available.
- Reconfigured self-service buffets and salad bars.
- Model Citizens provide cutlery and condiments with the meal rather than open-area, self-serve style.
- Hygiene screens at food stations and cashiers to reduce close interactions.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of door handles, counters and common areas.
- Cashless transactions.
Disinfecting and Sanitation
- Additional hand sanitizer dispensers.
- Chairs and tables disinfected after each use.
- All guests and Model Citizens are asked to wash hands frequently.
Rides Available During the LEGOLAND California Reopening
Like the other theme parks, the way you approach rides will be a little different after the LEGOLAND California reopening. First of all, instead of getting your tadpoles' height checked at individual rides, a Model Citizen will check them once upon entering the park. A wristband indicates for which rides they are eligible to ride.
We expect most rides to be open, although a few may be on a “time-out” or will open later in the day. You can find them on the ride closure calendar on the LEGOLAND website. You will find hand sanitizer dispensers before and after you ride. Follow the floor markings in the queue to help you keep your physical distance from others. Expect to see empty rows between parties on rides. Make sure to tighten your mask on roller coasters and bring a backup mask just in case!
LEGOLAND Water Park New Guidelines
You should still be able to catch a wave and make a splash at the LEGOLAND California Water Park with the following modifications:
- Maintain six feet of distance from other guests.
- Keep your mask dry! Masks are required when not wet.
- LEGOLAND will be sanitizing all water tubes and life jackets between uses.
- Employees sanitize high-frequency touch points on a regular basis.
- Some areas and fountains are on a temporary "time-out."
LEGOLAND Hotel Safety
You’ll see more of the same at the hotels, including the following:
- Temperature checks
- Hygiene stations/hand sanitizer dispensers
- Social distancing reminders
- One party at a time in elevators
- Temporary suspension of some entertainment
- Increased time between stays in hotel rooms
- Temporarily suspended housekeeping
- Reserved pool time slots
- Cabanas for purchase for more private space at the pool
- Guests required to maintain six feet of space to play in pools
- Masks required at pools, except when wet
- Reservations required for meal periods
- Contact-free checkout
Hopfully, you have a good idea of what to expect when LEGOLAND reopens. Don't froget to purchase discount LEGOLAND California Resort tickets in advance. If you need a hotel stay, you can get a jump on saving money on a San Diego hotel (including the LEGOLAND California Hotel) when you book with Undercover Tourist.
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