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Disneyland theme parks reopening July 17; Phased reopening planned for the resort

by Matt Roseboom

With Walt Disney World theme parks starting to reopen July 11, we were left to wonder how long it’d be before the Disneyland theme parks would follow suit. Wonder no more, as the Disneyland Resort has announced its phased reopening.

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UPDATE – 06/18/20: Disneyland has shared a few new updates about what safety measures will be put in place for guests when the park reopens.

  • Face masks will be required for both cast members and guests
  • All guests will undergo temperature screenings before entering the Downtown Disney District or the theme parks; health screenings and temperature checks will be required daily for cast members
  • Hand-washing stations and physical barriers will be installed where appropriate
  • Theme park capacity will be reduced to enable physical distancing and appropriate signs will be added to help guests move through the property
  • Cashless transactions will be recommended and cast member/guest interactions will be reduced through technology like Mobile Order, the Disneyland app, Apple Pay and more

Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, 2020, with Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure planning to reopen July 17—65 years to the day that Disneyland park first opened.  Downtown Disney 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, subject to availability.  More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. As of now, there is also a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.

Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a Guest Experience Team, similar to those implemented at Walt Disney World parks, will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney to assist with questions regarding their new policies.

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Attractions that draw large group gatherings—such as parades and nighttime spectaculars—will return at a later date. Characters will appear in the theme parks, but in new ways, as meet-and-greets will be temporarily unavailable.

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 Disney Vacation Club.

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, including the World of Disney store.

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