Disneyland Has Delayed Its Planned Reopening Date For Its Theme Parks

Kristin Salaky
Photo credit: Disneyland
Photo credit: Disneyland

From Delish

Update, June 25, 2020, 9:58 a.m.: Disneyland announced that it is delaying its planned reopening date of its theme parks and hotels, previously planned to be in July, citing delays in guidelines from state officials in California.

"The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," the parks said in a statement:

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.

However, its Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9 as planned.

Original, June 10, 2020, 7:06 p.m. Disneyland announced plans today for a phased reopening this July, beginning with its Downtown Disney District on July 9.

Pending government approval, following Downtown Disney's reopening, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will reopen on July 17 (its 65th anniversary), and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plans to reopen on July 23.

Like the parks in Florida, Disneyland will bring in a new reservation system to limit capacity and will require all guests—including Annual Passholders—to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. New ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals are currently on pause as the parks implement this new system; more information will be available soon.

In addition to the new reservation system, new policies will likely be in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While the release didn't go into too many specifics about what these will be, it did mention that "physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols" will be implemented in the hotels and the Vacation Club and that "the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures." They said more info about these will also be available soon and will be updated as the situation evolves.

That being said, guests can probably expect similar health and safety guidelines to those at the Disney World parks, which also plan to reopen in July. At those parks, they will require temperature checks for guests and employees, face coverings like masks for entry, and they'll implement social distancing barriers. Disneyland did mention that things like character meet and greets, parades, and nighttime spectaculars, which often draw crowds and require face-to-face interaction, will be on pause as well, which is similar to Disney World's policies.

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