February 5, 2021 (last updated March 5) – The majority of theme and amusement parks across the United States have set 2021 reopening dates after the coronavirus pandemic forced many of them to postpone their 2020 season openings or remain closed for the entire year.
Individual states in the U.S. have set their own COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines with California theme parks unlikely to return to full operation until late spring or summer. Some California theme parks have partially reopened for special events without rides.
U.S. theme parks are hoping 2021 is better than 2020. At the moment, U.S. theme parks fall into three categories: Already opened, tentatively planning to return in the spring or still shuttered without a reopening date set.
Let’s start with what’s already open. All the major theme parks in Florida — Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Legoland – as well as the big parks in Texas — Six Flags and SeaWorld, have been operating. Same goes for a few smaller parks around the country — Nickelodeon Universe (New Jersey and Minnesota), Adventuredome (Nevada), Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (Colorado), as well as ZDT’s (Texas) and Fun Spot Orlando and Kissimmee (Florida).
California has announced that theme parks may open at 25% capacity after nearly a near of closures, leaving Massachusetts as the only state that has not allowed theme parks to reopen in the United States.
Most major California theme parks have not set reopening dates — including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Legoland California, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
SeaWorld San Diego has set a partial reopening date — but under zoo and aquarium guidelines with no rides. California’s Great America, which remained shuttered for all of 2020, is the first California amusement park to set a reopening date.
Six Flags Darien Lake and SeaBreeze in upstate New York have announced opening dates. Other New York amusement parks — including Luna Park, Rye Playland and Deno’s Wonder Wheel — have not yet set reopening dates. Legoland New York plans to open in 2021 after the new theme park had its 2020 debut delayed by the pandemic.
Several other theme parks across the nation have not yet announced reopening dates for 2021 — including Six Flags New England in Massachusetts, Idlewild and Conneaut Lake (Pennsylvania), Lake Winnepesaukah (Georgia) and Canobie Lake (New Hampshire).
The reopening dates below should be considered tentative at best — as with everything else involving the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, Feb. 6
SeaWorld San Diego (California) — Under zoo & aquarium guidelines with no rides
The Park at OWA (Alabama)
Saturday, March 6
Six Flags America (Maryland)
Six Flags Over Georgia
Saturday, March 13
Frontier City (Oklahoma)
Joyland Amusement Park (Texas)
Wednesday, March 17
Silver Dollar City (Missouri)
Saturday, March 20
Six Flags St. Louis (Missouri)
Saturday, March 27
Playland’s Castaway Cove (New Jersey)
Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) — Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure returns March 20
Friday, April 2
Western Playland (New Mexico)
Saturday, April 3
Wild Adventures (Georgia)
Wonderland Amusement Park (Texas)
Friday, April 9
Adventureland (New York) – The indoor arcade reopens March 26
Saturday, April 24
Elitch Gardens (Colorado) — Season passholder preview
Six Flags Great America (Illinois)
Saturday, May 1
Bay Beach (Wisconsin)
Six Flags Great Escape (New York)
Waldameer (Pennsylvania) — Season passholder preview
Saturday, May 8
Kings Island (Ohio) — Season passholder preview
Lakemont Park (Pennsylvania)
Morey’s Piers (New Jersey)
Santa’s Village AZoosment Park (Illinois)
Friday, May 14
Cedar Point (Ohio)
Saturday, May 15
Dutch Wonderland (Pennsylvania)
Holiday World (Indiana)
Friday, May 21
Mt. Olympus (Wisconsin)
Six Flags Darien Lake (New York)
Saturday, May 22
California’s Great America
Carowinds (North Carolina)
Dorney Park (Pennsylvania)
Gilroy Gardens (California)
Kings Dominion (Virginia)
Magic Springs (Arkansas)
SeaBreeze (New York)
Worlds of Fun (Missouri)
Saturday, May 29
Lake Compounce (Connecticut)
Santa’s Village (New Hampshire)
Story Land (New Hampshire)
Saturday, June 5
Little Amerricka (Wisconsin)
Six Flags New England (Massachusetts)