Disneyland Plans to Reopen on July 17

June 10, 2020, 5:07 PM · The Disneyland Resort today announced its timeline for reopening, highlighted by a return of Walt's original theme park on its 65th anniversary - July 17, 2020.

Pending state and local government approval, the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district will return first, on July 9. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will follow on July 17. The Grand Californian and Paradise Pier Hotels will reopen on July 23. There's no word on a return date for the Disneyland Hotel.

As it did when it announced the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney is pausing the sale of new tickets to the Disneyland theme parks. And this includes the sale and renewal of annual passes.

Even though Disney is no longer selling tickets, daily admission tickets may be available from authorized resellers, including our travel partner. Supplies will be limited, however.

All visitors, including existing annual passholders, will need to make a reservation to visit the parks, though Disney did not release any details about that system today. Parades and nighttime shows such as Fantastic! and World of Color will not be scheduled during the initial reopening period. Character meet and greets also will be unavailable, though Disneyland has promised that characters will be out in the parks "in new ways."

Disney earlier today announced several new procedures for its hotel operations, which will include the Grand California and Paradise Pier. Inside the parks and within the Downtown Disney district, Disney also will enforce its new health and safety guidelines, which at Walt Disney World included temperature checks and mandatory use of masks by guests.

"We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach," Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D'Amaro said. "As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic."

"While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day," D'Amaro said.

Assuming that Disneyland's plans win approval from the appropriate authorities, the parks will reopen after a four-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which as of today has resulted in 4,776 deaths in California and 112,497 deaths nationwide.

Replies (14)

June 10, 2020 at 6:03 PM

So, every AP is a Flex Pass now?

June 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM

The idea that "...every AP is a Flex Pass..." is very interesting. It brings up the thought what is the benefit or difference in the other levels of the Annual Passes?!

June 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM

I'm terrified more for Disney than I was for Universal. They have more fanatics who will go through hell or high water just to visit their parks. I fear they'll fill up more easily/quickly.

June 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM

I guess the people over at mice chat was right

June 10, 2020 at 8:23 PM

Robert, do you know if construction was ever started back up at the parks?

I know in March & April everything had come to a standstill, but I’m curious if construction crews went back to work in May (or even now in June).

This would seem like the perfect time (if it’s cleared & safe) to work on Avengers Campus in DCA & the Runaway Train in DL.

June 10, 2020 at 9:05 PM

No one wants to be critical of the big bad corporation that hosts fundraisers for the opposing party in the Senate? For choosing symbolism over science? By choosing the parks birth date as the reopen date. With all of the massive protests around California since May 31, anyone under 30 yrs old should have to pay for a covid test before being allowed in. If you watch any of the protest footage at all, there were very few people (as a total percentage of the crowd) who were over age 30 spreading the virus at these massive protests in california. For the sake of all of our grandmas and grandpa's. And for the sake of the children. this requirement must be strict. And. Also to minimize the change of a cluster of cases being blown up by CNN and MSNBC as TH creative keeps saying would be a disaster for the theme park business

June 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Hey Robert,

1. Are you an AP holder?
2. Will you be going there for some live updates?
3. Thx...

June 11, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Place yer bets, place yer bets: will this reopening actually occur, or will the virus numbers be so bad in the coming weeks that they pull back?

I'd wager on the latter. We've already heard cries from Arizona that their hospital space is getting tight, and the southern border of California is currently one of the nation's hottest spots. I say by July 1 they push the reopening.

June 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM

Screw Disneyland and all the other parks, They don’t even deserve to reopen because the virus cases are rising and that means amusement parks are dangerous and people should just STAY HOME!

June 11, 2020 at 12:55 PM

who does who honestly think is the most responsible for the virus numbers rising. I'm interested in others responses to to see how many people have common sense based on actual numbers of actual human interactions. there can be more than 1 cause, but it's quite obvious events on the streets since June 1 every single day is the major contributor by far. By apolitical. Just by sheer numbers of people, which is both a condemnation and a compliment to the 2 major extreme political groups organizing them.

June 11, 2020 at 10:59 PM

"who does who honestly think is the most responsible for the virus numbers rising"

I'm gonna go with keyboard warriors who can't form a sentence or stay on topic.

June 11, 2020 at 11:04 PM

FWIW, Yes, I am a Disneyland annual passholder - I bought the Signature Plus pass. I suppose that I will try to go on (re)opening day to cover it. We'll see if I get in.

June 12, 2020 at 12:08 PM

Haven't seen any studies that prove the increase in cases/hospitaliztions can be traced the protests... but then again, that's likely because we don't have a sophisticated test and trace system in place...

June 12, 2020 at 4:43 PM

watching one of the major UK news channels sky. they just said the WHO only recommends one meter social distancing. Which is three ft, not 6. So. evidently we have been ignoring "Science" by doing 6 ft all along since april 1

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