Theme Parks Planned to Reopen on July 17th
As reported first on the D23 and ABC News sites, after months of closure and uncertainty about even opening at any point during this year, the Disneyland Resort Hotels along with the Downtown Disney District are set to reopen on July 9th. Following that, on the 65th anniversary to the day, of the park’s grand opening, Disneyland is set to make its triumphant reopening. For all those out of the area who wish to visit the park, good news! Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa along with Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and partnered Disney Vacation Club Villas are currently scheduled to reopen on July 23. All re-openings are planned to be done under appropriate social distancing measures, cleaning, and other proper health and safety requirements.
The drawback, however, is like with other Disney Parks such as Shanghai Disney and Disney World in Florida. Only guests who have an active annual pass or purchased a ticket to either Disneyland or California Adventure will be allowed to make a reservation to one or both parks, as they run on a limited compacity for the time being. It has not been released how the reservation system will work, if guests will need to make these reservations day of or if they can do so ‘x’ time in advance. Until further notice, Disney will also continue to refrain from Annual Passport renewals and selling new tickets into their parks to allow those with pre-bought tickets and passes a chance to experience their parks first.
All Disney properties in Anaheim, California were forced to shut down back in March to comply with local and state Coronavirus restrictions. At this point, character meet and greets along with parades and nighttime shows such as Fantasmic and World of Color are will remain suspended for the time being to limit large group gatherings. In words taken from D23’s official site, “…characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests”. While unconfirmed, if Shanghai Disneyland and Disney World in Florida are anything to go by, the characters will be separated from guests either by distance and/or some sort of raised platform. In this way, guests can still at least talk and interact with their favorite characters for a moment or two.
While in Downtown Disney and the Disney Parks, guests will be expected to wear a face-covering of some type at all times except when eating and drinking. Additional information will be released here as they become available and are subject to change. For more information, please visit Disneyland’s official website by clicking here.
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