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California moved to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s red tier on March 15, allowing indoor activities to resume at a low capacity. Theme parks can now also reopen under these regulations, but state guidelines ban out of state visitors from entering Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm, and Disneyland. 

Under the current advisory trips from out of state visitors are highly discouraged. If they do enter California, however, they are asked to self-quarantine for 10 days. 


In order to track out of state ticket purchases, state officials are requiring theme parks to use a new online reservation system. These systems will use geocoding and GPS tracking to determine where the buyer is from.

“Because they are required to make reservations online, they will be able to determine where people are coming from,” California Business and Economic Development Director Dee Dee Myers said

“That will be an important tool for the operators to use.”

This technology will also be used for contact tracing should an outbreak of COVID-19 occur within park property. 


Disney Parks have already implemented this new system. The park, well known for its annual passholder program, ended the membership program earlier this year. Disney made an announcement about the ‘California residents only’ change. 

“Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines,” Disney’s blog says.

Written ByAshley Grams

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