Updated: 6/24/2020, 8:30 p.m. ET: Disneyland has just delayed its opening from the previously announced July 17 date. A new date is to be determined.
According to a press release, “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”
The Downtown Disney district will still open on July 9, as well as the parks in other places of the world.
As expected, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, will follow the plans of its East Coast sister, Walt Disney World, and begin reopening in July.
The process will begin with the adjacent Downtown Disney District opening July 9. That’ll be followed by the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on July 17, and Disney’s Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels on July 23. All of this is “pending state and local government approvals.”
Yes, there will be “enhanced health and safety measures,” which are likely to include mandatory face masks and social distancing. No, there won’t be any parades or fireworks displays where large groups of people can gather. And yes, all guests (including annual passholders) will only be able to attend by securing a reservation though “a new theme park reservation system,” the details of which are not yet available. The plan is that reservations will allow Disney to drastically limit the number of guests allowed in the parks at once.
None of this is a surprise, of course. Once Orlando did it, Anaheim was soon to follow, especially as social restrictions continue to fall on a daily basis all over the world.
Ultimately, though, what this comes down to is: how safe and comfortable will you feel going to a theme park with covid-19 still out there and no cure in sight? It’s a question Southern California Disney fans, myself included, are going to have to think about.
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