As Walt Disney World enthusiasts, we are so happy that our friends on the West Coast will soon be able to step onto Main Street U.S.A. in their home park of Disneyland on April 30th. However, one major thing that will be different there than when Walt Disney World reoopened is that Disneyland has indicated that only California residents will be enter the theme parks for the time being. But, we are seeing some changes with language in the California guidelines and other California theme parks that could signal a possible change in regards to out of state visitors.
According to one part of an addendum in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, “fully vaccinated persons from out of state may visit or attend activities or events that are restricted to in-state visitors.”
We have also learned that Sea World San Diego has been welcoming fully-vaccinated out-of-state visitors since April 16th. Scott Gustin has also reportedly confirmed that Sea World San Diego changed their policy regarding out-of-state visitors due to this addendum. As of yet, the California Department of Public Health has not issued a statement clarifying this language in the addendum and whether it does specifically allow fully vaccinated out-of-state visitors to enter California’s theme parks. . But, as we have seen here in Florida and Walt Disney World, the parks can issue their own set of protocols and standards when it comes to occupancy and guidelines.
So for now, Disneyland’s policy still states “Until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, per state guidelines.” So, it appears Disneyland has not made any changes as of yet based on that addendum language. Keeping our eyes peeled for more information about that the announcement was made recently regarding the opening of Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure.
AVENGERS CAMPUS OPENING
Avengers Campus, the new land coming to Disneyland’s California Adventure park, will open on June 4, 2021.
The Disney Parks Blog described what fans can expect in a post stating “At this fully immersive land inside Disney California Adventure park, you will be invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies and live out your superhero dreams. Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations, each hosted by a different Avenger to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits.”
“We are so excited to soon welcome our guests to Avengers Campus, our first land dedicated to superheroes,” Ken Potrock, the president of Disneyland Resort, said in a news release. “Here, our cast members will unite to help guests of all ages find their superpowers and create special memories.”
There will also be eateries, including the “Pym Test Kitchen,” which will offer Impossible plant-based meatballs as well as other foods “at unusual scales, including shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and tiny treats,” according to Disney. (Hank Pym, for those who don’t read comics, is one of the characters who dons the Ant-Man suit, which allows for heroes to change sizes.)
There’s also many of Marvel’s popular locations for guests to explore, including an ancient sanctum with Doctor Strange and Avengers Headquarters.Disney even said Spider-Man will do “flips 60 to 65 feet in the air” above the campus. Disney shared some of this incredible “Spidey” animatronic on one of the Imagineering Story episodes on Disney+. I can tell you, if you have not seen it, you MUST check it out. I could not believe that it was not a real person!
The new superhero-themed land replaced A Bug’s Land, which was based on the hit animated film “A Bug’s Life.”
Much like “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” which opened in 2019, Disney is integrating another of its most beloved film and streaming franchises into its parks. By doing so, Disney connects its resorts to a blockbuster brand that has made more than $22 billion at the global box office, according to Comscore (SCOR).Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, told CNN Business that “Avengers Campus,” like Disneyland itself, will always be updating and will “never be done.”
Of course, I am looking forward with great excitement with the possibility of being able to take the Mayne Mafia and the amazing Avengers back out to Disneyland Resort and to check out the Campus first hand. Again, we will be keeping a close eye on the changing landscape in California and the opening to out of state visitors to the West Coast theme park!
All visitors ages 3 and up will require a reservation. Events that draw large group gatherings, such as parades, will not resume immediately.