Disney to begin phased reopening of California parks, hotels and attractions in July

Disney has announced that a phased reopening of its California parks, hotels and other attractions will begin in July. File photo by Paul Brinkmann/UPI

June 10 (UPI) — Disney on Wednesday unveiled a plan to gradually reopen its California parks, hotels and other attractions in July after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said it will begin reopening attractions with the Downtown Disney District opening to guests on July 9, followed by Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks on July 17, and finally the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Paradise. Pier Hotel on July 23.

Both theme parks will open at a limited capacity and all guests wishing to visit after the reopening will need to make an advance reservation. The company will temporarily pause new ticket sales and annual passport sales and renewals.

“As theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with government requirements and promote physical distancing, Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including annual pass holders, to secure a reservation for park admission in advance,” Disney said.

The parks will also be implementing enhanced health and safety measures with park employees available to help customers ask questions about the new policies.

Additionally, parades and other “experiences that attract large groups” will return at a later date and character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable as characters are implemented in “new ways to entertain and delight guests.” .

Disney World in Orlando, Fla., began recalling employees for its park’s scheduled reopening in July and began a phased reopening of its Disney Springs shopping area in May.

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