Disney announced Wednesday that they plan on commencing a phased reopening of their California theme parks beginning July 17, with the Downtown Disney District shopping area reopening 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 starting on July 23, pending governmental approval.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Disney parks’ reopening have been postponed a few times already but Wednesday’s announcement says the company is moving ahead with welcoming back visitors and consumers albeit in a limited capacity due to government requirements and to promote physical distancing.
The company’s statement explains:
“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. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about 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. Additional details will be available soon. Please check Disneyland.com for the most current 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 nighttime spectaculars, among other large group gatherings, “will return at a later date. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.”
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