When will Disneyland, Universal Studios and other parks reopen?

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

People won’t be riding roller coasters at the major theme parks anytime soon.

When all the major properties, including Universal Studios and Disney, closed their gates earlier this month, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they expected to reopen them as early as April.

Disneyland will remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic "until further notice." (Photo: Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Since then, the number of Americans who’ve contracted the sometimes deadly virus has only grown. As of Thursday afternoon, residents of23 states were being told to stay at home, except for essential services, such as visiting a grocery store or bank, which means many people wouldn’t be allowed to visit anyway.

In the latest, Disney announced Friday it would remain closed indefinitely, rather than through the end of the month.

“While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority,” a spokeswoman tells Yahoo Entertainment in a statement. “As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice. The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.”

California, home to Disneyland, is under a stay-at-home order from Gov. Gavin Newsom. Walt Disney World is subject to the stay-at-home order in Orlando, Fla., that’s in effect.

Still, Disney held off on the announcement of a date change until three days after Universal Studios officials said their properties in Hollywood and Orlando would remain shuttered through April 19. Universal had originally said it was closing its gates from March 14-28.

So where does everyone else stand?

Six Flags

While the company did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s latest social media statement on the subject said officials would be evaluating the situation at the end of March.

Knott’s Berry Farm and other Cedar Fair parks

The websites for Cedar Fair parks, including Knott’s Berry Farm in Los Angeles, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and 11 other properties list park hours beginning in mid-May, although some of the locations are seasonal anyway.

Great Wolf

Guests hoping to stay at Great Wolf Lodge can book stays for May 20 and later. The company has extended the time it’s closed through May 19.

Sea World and Busch Gardens

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out for comment. Online, the parks appear to be planning to remain closed through March.


The website says Legoland parks will be closed through the end of the month.

We’ll update this post as information becomes available.

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