Note: This article describes the reopening plans for Disneyland in Anaheim, California. For details on the reopening of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, click here.
Disneyland theme parks will reopen on July 17, just over four months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close its doors and 65 years to the day after the gates to Walt Disney’s first park opened for the first time.
A blog post announcing the date also provided some other details. The theme parks’ reopening will be bookended by the reopening of the Downtown Disney (retail, entertainment, dining) on July 9 and the Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels on July 23.
All dates are pending approval by state and local governments.
The plan mirrors the one being implemented at Disney World, where the Disney Springs complex reopened well before the theme parks are scheduled to. And like its Orlando sibling, the Disneyland that reopens next month will be very different than the one that unexpectedly closed its doors on March 12.
Theme park capacity will be severely limited, reservations will be required for park entry, and there will be a pause on sales of new tickets and annual passes. Parades, “nighttime spectaculars,” and character meet and greets — events that make social distancing nearly impossible — will be canceled for the time being.
These measures are also part of the Disney World and Shanghai Disney reopening plans.
And while this is certainly welcome news to the Disney aficionados who have been missing their parks, the seriousness of the restrictions that will be imposed means that Disney vacations just aren’t going to be the same for a while.