It’s been a year since Disneyland Resort closed its theme parks to the public and while there was hope at one point that the parks would reopen in July of 2020, on the 65th anniversary of the park’s original opening, that decision was eventually scuttled by the state of California deciding to hold off on releasing guidelines for theme park’s reopening. However, after months of waiting, the state of California finally released guidelines that would allow theme parks to reopen as early as April 1. Disneyland said it simply wouldn’t be able to open that fast, but was shooting for a reopeninbg date later in the month. Now Disney CEO Bob Chapek has revealed that Disneyland plans to reopen on April 30.
Bob Chapek dropped the news this morning on CNBC (via Reporter Carlye Wisel) This is certainly great news for the thousands of people who have been hoping to return to the happiest place on earth in the last year. Walt Disney World has been open since early June of last year, and thus far everything has been working quite well. The parks are only open to a limited number of people and other safety measures like social distancing and face masks have been required. The same rules will be in place for the newly reopened Disneyland until further notice.
The question now is, what will Disneyland look like when it reopens. Orange County was moved into the “red tier” in California’s pandemic response, which will allow the theme parks to open at 15% capacity. However, with the reopening date still six weeks out, if the county continues to improve, we could see moves into even lower tiers before the parks actually reopen, meaning even more guests will be allowed inside.
More to come…