Walt Disney World's theme parks started reopening on July 11. Disneyland Paris returned July 15. Tokyo Disney reopened July 1. Shanghai Disneyland welcomed guests again back on May 11. Hong Kong Disneyland returned June 18, then closed again on July 15.
But when will Disneyland reopen?
Disney's original theme park has been closed since March 14 due to the pandemic. The resort announced in June that Disneyland and its sister park Disney California Adventure would return on Disneyland's 65th birthday — July 17, 2020 — but canceled those plans when the state of California declined to permit theme parks in the state to reopen.
A few California parks have found ways to partially reopen since then, under state rules allowing outdoor dining and zoos. But Disneyland got rid of its petting zoo back when it cleared Big Thunder Ranch to make way for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And Disney's shown no desire to open its theme parks just to run an outdoor food festival, as Knott's Berry Farm has been doing.
So it appears that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will not reopen until California approves full theme park operations within the state.
When will that be? State officials have made clear that permission will not come until California's Covid-19 new case numbers come way down from where they are right now.
California leads the nation in diagnosed Covid cases, though on a per capita basis the state ranks 20th in the nation, far behind Florida, which ranks number two behind Louisiana. And Florida's theme parks are open.
But perhaps it is because of California's aggressive stance on Covid that the state does not rank higher on a per capita basis. Once the state's raw case numbers began to surge soon after officials began allowing businesses to reopen, any chance for additional returns seemed to go away. In fact, the state has walked back permission for in-person dining and other businesses to reopen.
Those business would probably get the opportunity to reopen again before Disneyland and other theme parks get the green light to return. So look for that as the first sign that California is back on the path to allowing theme parks to reopen.
California is managing reopening on a county-by-county basis, so you will want to watch what is happening in Orange County — the home of the Disneyland Resort. Once in-person dining returns in Orange County, then Disneyland and Disney California Adventure might be on the clock for a return. (Decisions regarding Los Angeles County will affect Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain.)
Until then, though, don't expect any sudden changes regarding theme parks. For now, Disneyland remains closed indefinitely.Tweet
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