Disneyland announced on June 10 that they would begin by reopening parts of their Anaheim property on July 9. Downtown Disney, which houses a number of shops and restaurants adjacent to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as well as the Disneyland hotels will begin reopening on July 9. Pending state and local approval, Disneyland will begin a phased reopening on July 17 which just so happens to also be the 65th Anniversary of Disneyland.
Disney proposed a reopening date for two out of the three hotels on Disneyland Resort property. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23.
Disney has not yet announced any plans for The Disneyland Hotel to reopen which is similar to what happened at Walt Disney World just on a smaller scale. Walt Disney World announced the reopening of some of their resorts but not all most likely in an effort to control crowds right off the bat.
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products released a statement regarding the return of the magic. Here’s what he had to say:
With the announcement of the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort, we are one more exciting step closer to reopening all of our Disney parks and experiences around the world. Throughout the past few weeks, we have reopened Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Springs and several Disney stores, and set dates for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with more announcements coming soon.
We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach. As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic.
We’re fortunate to be guided by a talented team of professionals who’ve helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These are designed with both the cast and guests in mind for the unique environments of each of our parks, resorts and stores.
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.
I know this has been a difficult year due to the impacts of COVID-19, but I can’t help but feel a great sense of hope and optimism. And like many of you, I look forward to hearing the laughter and seeing the joy of families making memories together… and I can’t wait to see you when the magic returns to all of our parks and resorts.
In anticipation of increased crowds Disneyland has announced that they are temporarily halting the sale of new tickets, new annual passes and annual pass renewals. This is the same thing we saw from Walt Disney World as they worked to accommodate all of the canceled reservations since the parks closure.
In addition, Disneyland has announced they will implement a reservation system for guests entering the theme parks. Just like at Walt Disney World, this will be for all guests not just resort guests. Although Disneyland has announced this par, we believe that Disneyland will also announce that park entry will be limited to one park per day and will be at strict capacity limits in order to ensure social distancing.
Disneyland has not released any specific information related to health and safety precautions that will be put in place but Orange County did downgrade face masks from required to strongly recommended. We do believe that Disneyland will require appropriate face coverings in the parks and in most areas on property temporarily as part of their increased health and safety precautions but have no concrete answers at this time.
The City of Anaheim released a statement of support for Disneyland‘s reopening.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse never forget, that it all started with a mouse.
(Source: Disney, City of Anaheim)