Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen on April 30, more than one year after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney announced Wednesday.
Reservations will be required and only state residents will be permitted to visit the parks in line with current state guidelines. The parks will operate at 15% of capacity, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed, Disney said. Certain hotels, restaurants, attractions and other offerings might be modified or unavailable.
State health officials announced earlier this month that theme parks can reopen beginning April 1 in counties that have reached the red tier of the state’s four-level Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Orange County moved into the red tier last week.
“In the days leading up to the public opening on April 30, Disneyland Resort will invite cast members and members of the local community to be the first theme park guests,” Disney officials said Wednesday. “Guests will also have the opportunity to stay in the middle of the magic as the hotels of the Disneyland Resort plan to welcome guests once again, with a phased reopening. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, with limited capacity. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.”
Orange County officials expect to be in the orange tier by the time Disneyland reopens. If current trends continue the county will be in the orange tier by April 7 at the latest.
“There is obviously some nervousness that goes with” the reopening, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said of the possibility of a surge in new cases. “But it’s at a lower capacity. They’re not opening at 100% and Disney always does a good job. If there’s an entity that will do a good initial roll-out that is safe then Disney is the one.”
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek announced on March 9 that thousands of furloughed workers were being recalled to be trained on new safety standards.
“I am pleased to say the response has been great thus far, our cast members are excited to get back to work,” Chapek said. “And this is also good news for the Anaheim community, which depends on Disneyland for jobs and business generated by visitors.”
A Touch of Disney, the new limited-time ticketed experience at California Adventure Park, will go on as planned from March 18 through April 19. That event has sold out, according to Disney.
It’s not clear how much tickets will cost. Disney officials say more details will be made available soon and encouraged patrons to check the company’s website for more updates on tickets, hotel booking and vacation packages.
More information can be found at disneyland.disney.go.com/experience-updates/.
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