California's Great America Reopening, Health and Safety Plans

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Tickets & Reservations Now Available

You are invited to purchase tickets or Season Passes. Reservations are only required for select single day ticket guests. Please note that your preferred visit date may not be available.

California's Great America Reopening Protocols

When California's Great America opens, we want you to have an AMAZING day and feel safe when visiting, so we developed an extensive coronavirus reopening plan – new processes and enhanced procedures throughout the park to help reduce the spread of germs. We’re all in this together and by working together you can safely and confidently enjoy the thrills, giggles, and endless smiles that only California's Great America can deliver.  

This page provides you with essential information for what you will need to do before you arrive at California's Great America, what you’ll see and experience when you arrive, and how to make the most of your visit—safely—when you get here.


Reservations Required
Single day ticket guests must make a reservation online before coming to the park.


Mobile App
At least one member of your group should have the park mobile app on their phone.


Face Coverings
Guests will be required to wear face coverings indoors unless fully vaccinated.


Health Screenings
Health screenings will not be required for guests at the park.


Hand Sanitization
Hand sanitization stations have been added throughout the park.


Use of Location Services
Enabling the Location Services feature in the park app allows us to send you real-time updates.

Before You Leave Home

California's Great America and South Bay Shores require a reservation for single day ticketholders who purchased a ticket before May 11, 2021 or purchased a ticket from an authorized reseller. Reservations are not required for Season Passholders. Here are details about what to do, what to pack, and what you can expect.  

While planning your trip to the park, please take a moment to self-assess for any potential COVID-19 symptoms. Please reschedule your visit for another day if you or anyone in your group has been exposed to or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days. 

Season Passholders 

  • If you have not yet purchased your Season Pass, please do so on our Season Pass page. Season Passes will not be available for purchase at the front gate. 
  • Reservations are not required for Season Passholders. Simply visit the park on the public operating day of your choice.
  • If you need to purchase a parking pass, we recommend you do so now to avoid paying at the parking toll booth. 
     

Single Day Ticketholders Who Have Not Yet Purchased A Ticket 

  • If you have not yet purchased your single day ticket, you may do so on our Daily Tickets page. You do not need to make a separate reservation to visit. Simply visit the park on the date selected at purchased.
  • If you need to purchase a parking pass, we recommend you do so now to avoid paying at the parking toll booth.
     

Single Day Ticketholders Who Purchased A Ticket Before May 11, 2021 or Through an Authorized Reseller 

  • If you purchased a single day ticket before May 11, 2021 or through an authorized reseller, you must reserve your visit date through our online reservation portal or the Store tab on the California’s Great America mobile app. Please note that your preferred visit date may not be available.
    • When starting the reservation process, please have your ticket numbers available.
    • Select the quantity of reservations for your group. You may select up to 14 people.
    • On the next screen, you will be able to select an available visit date for your group.
    • Following the date selection, please enter your valid ticket number(s).
    • Once the barcodes have been validated, you will be able to schedule your reservation(s).
  • After you have made the reservation, you will receive a confirmation screen and shortly thereafter, an email confirmation. These will help you confirm that the transaction was processed.
  • The reservation will be attached to your ticket(s) and you will only need to present it to be scanned for entry. Please note that each single-day ticket guest must have a valid admission ticket to enter the park in addition to the reservation.
  • If you need to purchase a parking pass, we recommend you do so now to avoid paying at the parking toll booth.
     

What to Pack Before You Arrive 

  • Your Season Pass, mobile, or printed tickets.  
  • The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the Park or wear a face covering. Face Coverings are required in all Indoor Public Settings for unvaccinated individuals who are not otherwise exempt. 
  • Contactless payment method (other than cash) such as credit card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. 
  • A mobile phone with the California's Great America app downloaded and "Location Services" enabled. It is recommended that at least one person in your group should have the app downloaded to their mobile device. 

When You Arrive

Our reopening plan calls for new arrival processes to prepare everyone for a safe and successful day at the park. Here’s what you’ll see and experience when you arrive at California's Great America: 

  1. At the California's Great America parking toll booth, we will ask you for proof of parking payment. If you do not have a parking voucher, you may pay with a cashless payment method such as a credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay. 
  2. At the gate, our California's Great America bag policy remains in place.  
  3. At our touchless turnstiles, scan your Season Pass or single day ticket inside the mobile app and let the fun begin! 

When You’re in the Park

You’re here and that means it’s time for AMAZING! To help you enjoy your day, here’s what you’ll see and experience inside the park.  

Reminders and Protocols
The coronavirus has created a new way of life for everyone. Here are some reminders and protocols to keep in mind when you visit the park:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. We have many hand sanitizer stations all through the park. 
  • Avoid touching your face.  
  • The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the Park or wear a face covering. Face Coverings are required in all Indoor Public Settings for unvaccinated individuals who are not otherwise exempt.
  • Be in the know about all things California's Great America with our mobile app. You can find nearby hand sanitizer stations, restrooms, open dining locations, and available attractions and rides.  
  • Use contactless forms of payment, including credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. 
  • For the comfort of all guests, smoking will not be permitted inside the park.
     

Restrooms
Everyone knows restrooms can be a source of germs, so we want you to know we are following strict guidelines to help you have a safe experience. We are:  

  • Routinely cleaning and sanitizing our restrooms throughout the day. 

Because we’re all in this together, please make sure to wash your hands after using the restroom.
 

Rides and Attractions 
To avoid the spread of germs, here’s what you’ll see and experience at our rides and attractions:    

  • The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the Park or wear a face covering. Face Coverings are required in all Indoor Public Settings for unvaccinated individuals who are not otherwise exempt.
  • Seats, restraints, headrests, and armrests will be cleaned routinely.
     

Dining 
We know delicious, fun food is a special part of the California's Great America experience and we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you’ll see and experience when enjoying our scrumptious food and beverages:  

  • All disposable products, including pre-wrapped utensils.  
  • Plastic barriers between guests and associates.  
  • Contactless payments, including credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay are encouraged.
     

Shops, Merchandise, and Games  

  • The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the Park or wear a face covering. Face Coverings are required in all Indoor Public Settings for unvaccinated individuals who are not otherwise exempt.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible. 
  • Some indoor entertainment locations may be closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Leave Home

Unfortunately, no. At this time, you must purchase your Season Pass or ticket online or on the California's Great America mobile app prior to visiting the park.

Single day ticketholders who purchased a ticket before May 11, 2021 or purchased a ticket from an authorized reseller must make a reservation before visiting the park.  

Reservations are not required for Season Passholders. 

No, all tickets and reservations are valid for the entire day. There is no timed entry, allowing you to arrive whenever it's most convenient for you.

If you are part of a planned group visit to the park or have Group Sales tickets, contact your group organizer/leader for details. Group organizers/leaders should contact their park sales representatives directly.

If you purchased your ticket somewhere other than the park website, you may make a reservation through our online reservation portal.

Guests with single day tickets purchased before May 11, 2021 or from an authorized reseller will need a reservation in advance to enter the park. The date you are visiting must match the date on your reservation. 

The online reservation portal is open now.

There is no waitlist process, but you are welcome to continue to check back as additional availability may be added based on updates to local capacity guidelines and/or cancellations. Or you can pick a different day with inventory available to ensure you can visit the park.

If a reservation is cancelled, that space will be added to the inventory available online. And periodically, we may be able to adjust total inventory.

If you have pre-purchased tickets and are now unable to visit the park this season, please contact Guest Services online and an associate will contact you to assist you.

Platinum Passholders wanting to visit other Cedar Fair parks should visit the website of the park they want to visit to view their visitation policies/make a reservation.

As a new Passholder without a Season Pass card, you will need to process your Season Pass. To make this easier and contact-free, you can now handle this online.  

Simply create or login to your California’s Great America website account, click “Manage Passes,” click “ADD MY PASS” and enter the Ticket ID you received when you purchased online along with any other outstanding profile information. Once you’ve completed adding your pass, you’re all set to visit. You can even add your pass to the mobile app for quick and convenient entry into the park.

If you are unable to visit the park on the selected date, please visit our Booking Portal to adjust your visit date. If you are no longer able to visit and would like to cancel your reservation completely, please contact Guest Services online and an associate will contact you to assist you.

It is not required, but it is strongly recommended that you purchase parking in advance online before visiting the park.  

Gold and Platinum Season Passes include parking so you just need to have your Season Pass available to be scanned at the parking tollbooth.  

Some ticket packages include parking, so you just need to have the barcode for that package available to be scanned at the parking tollbooth.  

Otherwise, please purchase a parking voucher online. One voucher is needed per car. This will be scanned at the parking tollbooth.

Any of the following symptoms that are not caused by a known chronic health condition:  

  • Fever (100.4°F / 38°C or higher)  
  • Difficulty breathing  
  • Unusual fatigue  
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms  
  • Repeated shaking / chills  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Cough  
  • Muscle pain  
  • Headache  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea  
  • Diarrhea  

Additionally, you could be contagious if you have been in direct contact with a close relative, roommate or neighbor who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus or been told by a health care professional or employer you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

You do not need to complete a health assessment questionnaire prior to arriving at the park. While planning your trip to the park, please take a moment to self-assess for any potential COVID-19 symptoms. Please reschedule your visit for another day if you or anyone in your group has been exposed to or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days.

If everyone in your family or group has been exposed to the person who has symptoms, it’s best if everyone in your party stays home and reschedules your visit.

When You Arrive

Single day ticketholders who purchased a ticket before May 11, 2021 or purchased a ticket from an authorized reseller must make a reservation before visiting the park. 

If you arrive at the park without a reservation, please visit Guest Services to inquire about availability. We will accommodate you if possible, but there is no guarantee. 

Reservations are not required for Season Passholders.

Guests will not be required to complete a health screen questionnaire. While planning your trip to the park, please take a moment to self-assess for any potential COVID-19 symptoms. Please reschedule your visit for another day if you or anyone in your group has been exposed to or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days.

The health and safety of our guests and associates remains our top priority. After consulting with medical experts and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have decided to discontinue temperature checks, except where required by state or local jurisdictions. The pandemic has shown temperature screening will not be completely effective because individuals who have no symptoms associated with COVID-19, or those with mild non-specific symptoms, may not realize they are infected and may pass through screening.

One of the things we’ve learned in this pandemic, and it’s been talked about a lot over the past year, is that a lot of people transmit the virus with no symptoms or fever. As noted above, the pandemic has shown temperature screening will not be completely effective because individuals who have no symptoms associated with COVID-19, or those with mild non-specific symptoms, may not realize they are infected and may pass through screening. As more is learned and understood about COVID-19, guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and others have evolved.

When You're in the Park

Please visit our Scheduled Ride Closures page on the website or the California’s Great America mobile app for up-to-date information about current ride availability. Please note that ride and slide schedules are subject to change without notice. Individual ride availability may occasionally be limited due to weather, maintenance or other causes.

See the California’s Great America mobile app for open attractions. 

The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the Park or wear a face covering. Face Coverings are required in all Indoor Public Settings for unvaccinated individuals who are not otherwise exempt.   

Children under the age of two are not required to wear face coverings. Also, under the provisions of the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance, guests with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering will not be required to wear one.

Per our normal operating guidelines and in compliance with the CDC, we are routinely cleaning and sanitizing our restrooms throughout the day.

You may exit and re-enter the park. You will need to show your re-entry ticket to enter again.

You are welcome to stay as long as you like until the park closes for the day.