Park Life: Disneyland draws huge crowds and fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

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Big Return

Disneyland draws huge crowds with no masks as pandemic rules come to an end and out-of-state visitors jam into the Anaheim theme park.

A visitor to Disneyland get emotional as she walks up Main Street U.S.A. during the park’s reopening in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, April 30, 2021. The resort’s parks have been closed for 412 days due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Now What?

Many questions linger about ride capacity, masks for kids, parkhopping, virtual queues and FastPasses. We’ve got answers to what happens next at Disneyland.

People ride the Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021. The theme park opened on April 1 for the first time after a yearlong pandemic closure. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Coaster Capital

Six Flags Magic Mountain increases attendance and ride capacity and drops mask requirements and advance reservations as COVID-19 health and safety measures end.

The new Mickey’s Mix Magic show is projected on It’s a Small World at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Jan 25, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Rockets Red Glare

Disneyland brings back fireworks in time for Fourth of July — but not all fans will be thrilled. What to expect from “Mickey’s Mix Magic.”

Group photo of Gay Days at Disneyland 2017. (Courtesy of Gay Days organizers)

LGBT Pride

The Gay Days unofficial annual event returns to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020.

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