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.Tweet
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