by Ray Keating
June 10, 2020
The Disneyland theme park in California is set to reopen on July 17, which just happens to be 65 years to the day after it originally opened. The Disneyland California Adventure park will open on the same day.
It was also announced today that the Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9, and the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on July 23.
Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
The openings depend upon state and local government approvals.
Given limits on capacity and the need for social distancing, Disneyland resort will be managing attendance at the parks via a reservation system, which will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation. Disney also noted, “At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.”
And of course, an assortment of safety and health protocols will be implemented, as will various operational changes. They will be detailed at a later date, according to Disney.
Disney did make clear, as is the case with Walt Disney World, that parades and nighttime spectaculars at the Disneyland parks will be delayed.
In a statement, Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, wrote, in part:
While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day.
My confidence comes in part from all of the hard work our teams have been doing behind the scenes in the past few months… as well as by the early successes we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, the first of our theme parks to reopen. Guest satisfaction has been extremely high, and we will continue to make sure that as we bring back experiences, our attention to promoting your safety, maintaining your trust and providing unique ways for you to come together with family and friends to create new memories remains high as well.
Walt Disney once said that it takes people to make the dream a reality, and as we prepare ourselves to reopen his original park, I want you to know how eternally grateful I am for all of you who have made Disney parks, stores, hotels, cruise lines, guided tours and vacation properties part of your lives, as well as for the cast members, crew members, Imagineers, and employees who have brought them to life for the past 65 years.
Ray Keating is the editor, publisher and economist for DisneyBizJournal.com, and author of The Disney Planner 2020: The TO DO List Solution (now available at a deep discount) and the Pastor Stephen Grant novels. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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