February 28, 2024

General Views of Universal Studios Hollywood on December 24, 2020 in Universal City, California.

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Universal Studios Hollywood will reopen to the public on April 16, more than a year after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The park will sell tickets to California residents on April 8th. Participation is limited according to the guidelines of the local authorities. Annual and season pass members will get a preview on April 15, Universal said.

“We’re incredibly excited to finally open Universal Studios Hollywood, get the team members back to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our fantastic rides,” said Karen Irwin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios Hollywood. “It was a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”

Most rides will be operational when the park opens on April 16, but some will remain closed due to government restrictions. Universal has not provided a list of the attractions that will be open to the public. Rival Disneyland in Anaheim, California is expected to reopen on April 30th.

Guests must adhere to health and safety protocols such as: B. social distancing and wearing face covering. Covers can be removed in designated dining areas.

Temperature checks are conducted before guests enter the park, and those exceeding 100.4 degrees are not allowed inside. Due to California guidelines, only state residents are allowed to visit the theme park for now.

When Universal Studios Hollywood reopens, there will be a new ride: The Secret Lives of Pets: Off the Leash.

Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe, and Duke have been brought to the real world, among others, leading guests who take on the roles of stray puppies to find their home forever.

The park will also open with a new, fully articulated version of the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Spanning 55 feet and over 22 feet tall, the creature awaits guests on top of the big drop on Jurassic World: The Ride.

At Universal’s theme parks division, a unit of Comcast that includes Los Angeles-based Universal Studios Hollywood, two parks in Orlando, and one in Japan, annual sales fell to $ 1.8 billion in 2020, which is a loss of 69% compared to $ 5.9 billion reported a year earlier.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC.