“It marks a positive step forward towards local businesses safely reopening their doors,” Buena Park Mayor Connor Traut told The Epoch Times. “They bring many jobs to local residents, and with those jobs comes renewed hope and optimism.”
Knott’s spokesperson Diana Bahena told The Epoch Times, “Knotts is very excited to be welcoming our guests back as we reunite family and friends in a safe and fun environment after a year-long closure due to COVID.”
The park will reopen to season-pass holders a little ahead of time, on May 6. It is to open at limited capacity to in-state visitors only, with reservations required. Residents can begin purchasing tickets and making reservations on April 26.
“Our guests can expect new and unforgettable experiences as we celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary milestone,” Bahena said. “There will be many surprises awaiting our guests around every corner.”
Knott’s anniversary celebration will be ongoing this summer through to Sept. 6. New attractions will be brought to the park in celebration, including a 4-D interactive dark ride, “Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair.”
The park will also have nighttime celebrations including live entertainment and music.
California theme parks are to abide by the state’s COVID-19 Guidance for Industry. Physical distancing, masks, and limited capacity under the state’s tier system are expected. Orange County is currently in the orange tier, allowing the park to run at 25 percent capacity.
Guests are asked to visit the park with companions from no more than three households. Ticket buyers will also have their information collected for contact-tracing purposes.
“The partial reopening of Knotts indicates our collective progress towards beating the virus” Traut said. “This moment is really thanks to community actions that are prioritized, keeping us healthy both physically and mentally.”