The news that we have been waiting to hear is finally here.
Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, plans to open the theme park gates after a long siesta are in place, looking to July 17, 2020, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today, June 10th, announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort 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, aligned with what will be taking place at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals. Additional details will be available soon. Please check Disneyland.com for the most current information.
Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a Guest Experience Team will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new policies. Also, keeping in line with the criteria already laid out at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, 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.
Pending governmental approval, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club.
Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.
Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as the Disneyland Resort monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities. We are pretty sure that they will be the same measures and guidelines that have been set forth at Walt Disney World, though they will have to follow California’s guidelines that may be in place.
It is exciting to hear the news of Disneyland reopening. I know that it is a special place for me and looking forward to visiting there soon. Be sure and keep checking back here at spokesmayne.co for the latest details on the parks as information keeps coming out almost daily. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube at Spokesmayne so that you don’t miss the details, fun and streaming while we patiently wait to go back to the place to “leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Sixty-five years later it still is.