If you live in California, then I am sorry for your loss. However there is one, small advantage you will soon have over the rest of the US. After a year of closures and a stand-off with the California health department, Disney is going to re-open its theme parks. There is a catch. You can only go and visit if you live in California. At least at first.

Our LMO Special Correspondent is already lined up.

On April 1, 2021 the gates of Disney, Universal and others will be flung open but you will need photo ID including proof of California residence to gain entry.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has a grandly named Blueprint Refresh plan that allows Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks to reopen as early as April 1. This is contingent on the areas they are situated in falling to red/substantial tier 2 risk status.

There will also be a 15% capacity cap. The capacity levels will be revised as soon as the counties move into different tiers.

So there you have it. You may at least be able to take your mind off the fact you live in California for a few hours. Disneyland was going to re-open for the 65th Anniversary in July last year but surging COVID rates killed that plan.

Florida’s Walt Disney World re-opened on July 15, 2020, behind Universal Studios Orlando which reopened on June 4, 2020. Florida-man wins again? Must be all that gator wrasslin’ they do down there.