As 93.1 KISS-FM previously reported, the state of New Mexico has given Western Playland the okay to open, so the homegrown amusement park will be kicking off the 2021 season April 2.

But when the gates slide open it won't be a case of same as it ever was. So what will you have to do to go to Western Playland? You won’t have to eat your broccoli, but you will have to observe several safety measures, and some operational changes will be in effect.

Most notably, you won’t be allowed in unless you pre-register, and you should expect to keep your distance (6-feet) at every attraction and in the seating areas, and to wear some sort of face covering.

Here are the things we will be doing to keep you safe:
- We will be operating at a limited capacity
- Pre-registration via our website will be required
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Special sanitation efforts

The park is requiring pre-registration because it will be operating at limited capacity per state guidelines.

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Opening weekend hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4. Western Playland will keep those days and hours through the month of April and May. Admission bracelets will still be at 2019 pay one prices; $23.98 (plus tax) for everyone taller than 42 inches.

This year, by the way, will be the park's 60th anniversary. Technically, it has been around 61 years, but since they were only able to operate for 5 days in 2020 before coronavirus forced them to shut down, they'll be celebrating the big 6-0 this year.

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