All California theme parks have been closed for over a year now to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, things are starting to open back up. Disneyland and other theme parks are opening this month (or have already reopened) to California residents only. As of now, the goal is to allow out-of-state guests to participate in these activities by June 15.

The state of California has just announced that out-of-state guests can participate in the otherwise restricted activities in the state, as long as they can prove they are fully vaccinated. Assuming that includes theme parks, out-of-state Disneyland fans started celebrating. That was until a few sources reported that Disneyland would only allow California residents inside its gates at this time. Well, which is it? With no official announcement from Disneyland themselves at this point, we are left to speculate.

Will Disneyland Allow Vaccinated Out-of-State Visitors?

First of all, there are a couple of things to consider. The California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory stated specifically, “Fully vaccinated out-of-state persons may visit or attend activities or events that are restricted to in-state visitors.” But Disneyland and other theme parks are still going to be able to make their own guidelines and rules, as long as they fall within the boundaries set by the state. That means any theme park, Disneyland included, can still say they will not allow any out-of-state visitors at this time. Based on a couple of sources who have spoken to Disney’s customer service team members, this will likely be the case.

Just recently there was a bit of a controversy at Walt Disney World recently with a guest who refused the health screening before entering the park. The guest was not permitted inside the gate. As stated before, as a private company, The Walt Disney Company has every right to refuse entry to a guest who breaks the rules. However, this incident likely put the company in an uncomfortable position. Now, they just don’t want the added liability and responsibility that comes with enforcing a rule that only fully vaccinated out-of-state visitors can enter.

However, with the seemingly underwhelming ticket sales right now, they may see the benefits of allowing more guests to purchase them. But then again, liability and safety may still be their number one concerns. Only time will tell.