Bringing Entertainment Back

Theme parks get mixed reviews in their attempts to reopen.


Alexa Gonzalez

Images like this will soon become more frequent as theme parks welcome back guests.

Alexa Gonzalez, photojournalist

Recently, theme parks such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios have caused lots of controversy for beginning to prepare to reopen.reopening soon. About a year ago, all of those theme parks closed because of the rise of COVID cases. Now, those parks are going to reopen with many new guidelines and events.


Many are worried about COVID cases rising again such as Ali Caldera, a student from Travis Ranch. “I’m concerned because there are going to be a lot of people there, and some could be sick and would spread it,” she said. Others are very excited to return to theme parks such as student Chloe Wolken.  “ Very exciting to go back and have fun,” she added. 


Both students have amazing reasons for their opinion and many theme parks are trying to get guests to trust them by showing their new events and guidelines. Disneyland, as an example, has set certain rules such as only California residents can go. From Disney’s guidelines, they also do not allow groups no larger than 3 households to be allowed inside. Not all rides and entertainment will be available and obviously there will be a limited capacity. Even though the guidelines seem promising, the only problem is tickets have sold out since Disneyland is the most popular theme park in California.


Another theme park that is opening soon is Knott’s Berry Farm. The theme park is planning to open on May 21 with a limited capacity and reservations needed. Knotts is deciding to celebrate their 100th anniversary by bringing back a ride named “Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return of the fair.” The ride is a sequel to “Knott’s Bear-y Tales” that operated from 1975 to 1986. Knott’s Berry Farm will be throwing many events while still staying safe and follow COVID-19 guidelines.


Universal Studios  led the way on April 8th  when they opened and has been doing well so far. The theme park follows guidelines such as having 6 feet measurements across the park and all of the employees constantly cleaning and taking precaution and getting your temperature checked. 


Even though many have different opinions and thoughts on theme parks reopening, it is very obvious that the theme parks across California are trying the best to keep everyone safe while bringing  fun and entertainment back to people.