The state of California has eased up on their theme park reopening guidelines and Disneyland can reopen soon! Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, has said he is hopeful Disneyland will reopen by the end of April. It will take time to recall 10,000 Cast Members and retrain them in the new health and safety protocols at the parks.
When Disneyland and Disney California Adventure do reopen, there will be some changes. Let’s go over what guests can expect.
The theme parks at the Disneyland Resort can reopen when Orange County reaches the state’s red/substantial tier for COVID risk level. In that tier, the parks can open at 15% capacity and only to California residents. As Orange County moves into less restrictive tiers, the capacity will increase. There’s no information, though, on when non-Californians can visit the parks.
For guests who do get to visit the parks, some elements will no longer be available. As a result of the impact of COVID-19 on operations, FastPass and Disney MaxPass services are suspended for the time being and are not available for purchase or use. Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour offerings will also be suspended upon reopening of the Disneyland Resort hotels and theme parks.
A new park pass reservation system will also be in place. Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, Disney will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all Guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
Additionally, select attractions and certain experiences that draw large group gatherings—such as parades and nighttime spectaculars—will return at a later date. While character meet-and-greets will be temporarily unavailable, Characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.
For now, the Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street are open to guests for select shopping and dining experiences. Next week, Disney California Adventure will host a ticketed food and beverage event called “A Touch of Disney”. That event is open to all guests, not just California residents.
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