Theme Parks Return For Summer


Isabella Gentilucci, Staff Writer

Remember the feeling of standing in line waiting for several minutes, then entering a ride, buckling in, and all the sudden take off?. Your body plunges you back into your seat and you throw your hands in the air as you reach the top of the hill and soon enough you are rapidly speeding down the hill, going upside down, backwards, over more hills. Well, that feeling is back. 

With COVID cases decreasing and more places opening,amusement parks are back. The fair food is back, the feeling of being at the happiest place on earth is back, and the excitement of rides are back.  After a year of being closed and no business at all, these theme parks are ready to re-welcome everyone. 

This summer, Belmont Park, Legoland, Disneyland, California adventures, Six Flags, Del Mar Fair, and more are back.  

Located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego,Belmont Park is open and offers video games, gift shops, rides, and a wooden roller coaster that overlooks the beach. 

It’s open from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

All their rides are open including mini golf, go karts, roller coasters, beach blaster, bumper cars, and more all are open with a different price for each ride or you can get a day pass for $56.00. 

With COVID concerns masks are required for entry and on the rides. Hand sanitizer stations are set up all over the park and social distancing is enforced. 

I recently just went to Belmont Park with my friends and bought separate tickets for each ride and had a blast. The feeling of being back on a roller coaster was amazing. 

All the restaurants and venues are open as well. Including, Coaster Saloon, Draft South Mission, Beach House Grill, Chicken Charlie’s, and more. 

Another amusement park that is located near us is, Carlsbad, Legoland opened May 27 and reservations are required. With over 60 rides, shows, and attractions Legoland is excited to be reopening. A 1-Day Theme Park ticket is $79.99 and a 1-Day Theme Park and the Aquarium ticket is $99.99. 

Only Out-of-state guests will have to show proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. Masks wearing and social distancing will be enforced. 

Located in Anaheim, California is Disneyland and California Adventures. These parks offer eight different themed lands and are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily , but reservations are required. It isn’t that hard to get reservations; it depends on the day you are willing to go, and if it’s already at full capacity.  I would recommend making reservations a couple months in advance just to secure the day you would like. 

They have started the process of reopening and soon enough will be back to full capacity but right now there are certain restrictions. Some rides are still not open but going through the process of getting them cleared so guests can ride them, they are still working to get the number of how many people that can attend increase, and working on welcoming everyone.  

California residents are only allowed to attend the theme parks. To enter, any guests three and older must provide a valid ticket and a reservation for the current day. 

Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa have started a series of reopening. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is reopening on June 15 with limited capacity. Downtown Disneyland is open with capacity restrictions on the restaurants and stores. Disneyland Resort is coming out with further information about its reopening in the following month. 

Disneyland has two new attractions: “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish,” a ride that takes visitors to scenes from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance,” an exciting ride that shows the battle against the Resistance and the First Order. 

California Adventure’s new attractions include “The Incredicoaster” located in Pixar Pier, it tells the story of the Incredibles trying to catch Jack-Jack as he wreaks havoc throughout this high-speed chase. “Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT!” is the former “Tower of Terror” that drops making your stomach feel like it’s in your mouth. 

Visit the parks’ websites for further information and to secure reservations before they run out of availability.