Disneyland Resort Will Not Currently Reopen to Out-of-State Guests Amid State Guideline Confusion

The Disneyland Resort has stated that they will continue reopening plans for California residents only at this time despite the California Attractions & Parks Association (CAPA) stating that theme parks in the state are able to start allowing out-of-state guests due to the change in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) blueprint for a safer economy.

UPDATE (4:00 p.m. PT): The California Department of Public Health Office of Communications has confirmed to Laughing Place, “The addendum to the Blueprint grid permits fully vaccinated people from out of state to participate in activities restricted to in-state visitors. This includes theme parks.” However, the Disneyland Resort has stated that, until further clarification from the state, only California State residents will be allowed to visit Disneyland Resort theme parks.


  • Earlier this week, questions started to be raised on the California residents only rule for returning to theme parks when SeaWorld San Diego started to allow out-of-state guests that had received the COVID-19 vaccine. It was first noticed by Joe Kleiman on Twitter.


  • It was then brought to the attention of Carlye Wisel that SeaWorld San Diego had been telling customers that they would be accepting out-of-state guests since April 16.

  • As others waited for further clarification on what this may mean, Scott Gustin received the following message from CAPA: “As vaccinations become more widespread and state guidance evolves, individual parks may update their own responsible reopening plans in accordance with state and local public health regulations.”

  • This essentially means that Sea World San Diego is correctly following the guidelines in allowing out-of-state guests as stated in the updated CDPH Guide, although the CDPH has not responded as of yet.
Fully vaccinated visitors note from CDPH Guidelines

Fully vaccinated visitors note from CDPH Guidelines

  • Since the news broke, MousePlanet reached out to the Disneyland Resort. The resort responded stating that they will not be opening to out-of-state guests until further clarification from the state, continuing to allow entry to California residents only once the parks reopen on Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • Laughing Place received a similar response to our inquiry.
  • Keep in mind that this policy is subject to change.

Correction: due a miscommunication, an earlier version of this story stated that Laughing Place had received confirmation from the Disneyland Resort. In fact, we were awaiting response at the time the story was published while MousePlanet had already shared Disney’s statement. We regret the error.

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