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OC’s big attractions will return

DISNEYLAND PARK is planned for a late April re-opening, but don’t expect these kinds of crowds (Flickr/William Showbridge).

This summer will look a little more normal as three of Orange County’s top attractions plan to be reopened, but don’t expect the experience to match up precisely with your memories.

Yes, the Disney Resort – Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure ­– Knott’s Berry Farm and the Orange County Fair will be back for 2021. However, there will be lots of changes from what you are used to. Here’s what we know:

Disney’s detailed return

The Downtown Disney Shopping District is open now. The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will open on Monday, April 29. Disneyland Park and California Adventure will open on Tuesday, April 30. The Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel will “reopen at a later date.”

ENTRANCE to Fantasyland (Wikipedia).

Theme park capacity will be limited. All guests will be required to get a reservation in advance. To enter, a guest will be required to have both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date. Only California residents will be allowed to visit the parks.

In addition to “enhanced cleanliness procedures,” physical distancing adjustments will be in place and contact reduced. Face coverings will be required for all guests (ages 2 and up). Temperature screenings will be required for entry to some locations.

Character “meet-and-greets” won’t be available and the usual parades and “nighttime spectaculars” will return later.

Knott’s not sure of when yet

FRONT GATE at Knott’s (Wikipedia).

Orange County’s first theme park, located in Buena Park, will reopen in May, but an announcement about a specific date has not yet been made. Under state guidelines, KBF would open at 15 percent capacity on April 1, but that may not be a profitable way to conduct business.

A transition to the “orange” tier for coronavirus status – which could come as early as next Tuesday, March 30 – would allow 25 percent capacity.

In the meantime, Knott’s has announced that already purchased season passes will be honored for the rest of 2021, with a day-for-day extension into 2022 for each day the park was closed in 2021.

“Time For Fun” at the Fair

That’s the theme for the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, making its return after taking 2020 off because of the pandemic. Scheduled for July 16-Aug. 15, the event will be somewhat scaled down for public health reasons.

Advance ticket sales will be required and capacity will be limited. The number of concessions, rides and vendors will be reduced and spaced out to provide more distance from each other. Advance tickets will go on sale May 1 on .

At each venue, reopenings will depend on the state of measures to contain and reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus. If there a new “surge” that substantially reverses recent gains, it could be a cold summer once again.




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