The reopening of the Disney California parks is delayed [Update]
Downtown Disney will still reopen on July 9, with all current health protocols being followed. Reported cases of COVID-19 in California have increased in recent days.
Original story: Disney on Wednesday announced plans to begin a phased reopening of its California theme parks starting July 17, with the Downtown Disney District shopping area reopening on July 9.
The company plans to reopen Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa beginning July 23, pending government approval.Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The reopening of Disney parks has already been postponed several times, but Wednesday’s announcement indicates that the company is moving forward with welcoming visitors and consumers, albeit in a limited capacity due to government requirements and to promote physical distancing.
The company statement explains:
“Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including annual passholders, to secure a reservation for park admission in advance. theme park will be subject to availability. More details on 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. Details Additional information will be available soon. Please check Disneyland.com for the most up-to-date information. Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures.”
Disney Parks fans shouldn’t expect everything to be back to normal by then. The company says parades and nightly shows, among other large group gatherings, “will return at a later date. While character meet and greets are temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and to delight the guests.”Do you plan to visit the Disney theme parks once they reopen? Let us know in the comments.