Normally if someone were to ask me if they should wait to visit Disneyland, I would say “Why wait?!” Disneyland is my second home and my favorite Disney theme park. Many Disney fans like myself are itching to get back to the parks. However, with the recent coronavirus pandemic and the theme parks being closed for a few months, things will be different when the resort reopens.
So the question remains: should you wait until next year to take a trip to Disneyland? Let’s go over the pros and cons to see if visiting this year is the right choice for you.
1. Smaller Crowds – When Disneyland reopens there will be capacity limits to ensure social distancing. This means fewer people in the parks at one time which also means fewer people in lines! This should also give guests more opportunities to do and see as much of the parks as possible.
2. You Need a Getaway – I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a vacation. I go to Disneyland to immerse myself in the magic and wonder of another world and forget about everyday life. These past few months have been especially stressful for most people. A trip to the Happiest Place on Earth could be just what the doctor ordered!
3. Disney Magic – Disney may not be exactly the same as it was before the closure, but the parks will still be magical! Even with the new rules and regulations, there are still many who just want to hear the music on Main Street and catch a glimpse of the castle. You know what they say, “A bad day at Disney is better than a good day anywhere else.”
1 Health & Safety – While guest safety is Disney’s number 1 priority, it’s only normal to be concerned after a global pandemic. There will be many new measures taken at the parks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 but there’s always a chance of getting sick when being in public. Each family will need to make their own decisions regarding personal health and safety.
2 Rules & Regulations – When Disneyland reopens, new rules and regulations will be in place to protect guests and Cast Members. Face coverings will be mandatory for all guests 2 and older, ride queues will be modified to ensure social distancing, restaurants may be operating at limited capacity and you will need both valid park admission and a park reservation to enter any of the parks. Keep in mind, these changes are temporary.
3 Some Experiences Canceled – To ensure proper social distancing in the parks, some experiences and attractions won’t be available when the parks first reopen. Parades and nighttime shows will be included in the missing experiences for the time being, along with character meals and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Overall, each individual or family will need to make their own decision about visiting Disneyland based on what is best for them. There really is never a right or wrong time to visit Disneyland. Whether you go this year or next, you’re sure to have a magical time!
If you’d like to plan a Disney vacation, contact me today! My name is Sara Solberg and I am a travel agent with Amazing Magical Adventures, a Disney Earmarked agency. I can help you plan a wonderful vacation at no extra cost to you!