- Disneyland has proposed to reopen its theme parks on July 17 with Downtown Disney reopening first on July 9 followed by hotels on July 23.
Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products announced Wednesday its proposed plans for the phased reopening of Disneyland. The plans are pending state and local government approvals.
Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will plan to reopen on July 23 and Downtown Disney District can begin reopening on July 9.
A reservation system will be put in place, including for annual passholders, to make reservations to enter the park due to capacity limitations. Reservations will be subject to availability. Disneyland will also temporarily pause new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.
Disneyland will implement enhanced health and safety measures and will introduce the Guest Experience Team throughout the parks and Downtown Disney to assist guests with the new protocols.
Parades and nighttime shows will be canceled for the time being and character meet and greets will also be temporarily unavailable. But guests will be able to see the characters in new ways.
Guests and employees must follow social distancing and will see the increase of cleaning measures along with a number of other health and safety protocols, across hotels, the parks, and Downtown Disney. Full information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes will be shared by Disney at a later date.
The news follows Walt Disney World’s plan of a phased reopening on July 11. Disney Springs in Florida reopened in May. Disneyland has a larger amount of local visitors which a reservation system can be crucial to maintain capacity. Shanghai Disneyland‘s tickets sold out for the first days of reopening with a reservation system.
Disney’s plan is still pending governmental approval but can mean a big boost of tourism back to California. Disneyland has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.