Downtown Disney in Disneyland Reopened On July 9 With Huge Crowds Waiting to Enter
Following an announcement that Disneyland would be delaying the reopening of their California theme parks following a spike in Coronavirus cases in the state, Downtown Disney, opened its gates to guests on July 9.
Downtown Disney, which houses a number of shops and restaurants is adjacent to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Disneyland resorts also flank the shopping district.
The Downtown Disney area began a phased reopening today. Not all shops and dining locations were opened but that didn’t stop crowds from forming.
Guests followed Disney guidelines for entering the area including wearing masks and social distancing in the lines. Temperature checks were located at the entrance and any guest with a temerature over 100.4 would be denied entry.
Downtown Disney had been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. Disneyland was forced to postpone a proposed July 17 reopening of its Anaheim theme parks and delay a planned July 23 reopening of two hotels.
On the heels of the massive spike in Coronavirus numbers, Disney has yet to receive approval on their reopening plans and have therefore been forced to postpone the reopening of their Anaheim theme parks. Guidelines for reopening have not yet been released by the state of California.
Disney made the decision to follow through with the reopening of Downtown Disney following an announcement by the state that allowed Orange County malls to reopen back in May.
Disney took the time to come up with extensive plans for social distancing in order to ensure safety of guests and castmembers. Since the end of May, California reinstated restrictions on indoor dining and closed bars in Orange County.
World of Disney reopened Thursday along with more than two dozen other shops and restaurants. Several who didn’t reopened included, Ballast Point Brewing Co., Catal, La Brea Bakery Cafe, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Tortilla Jo’s.
At one point, according to the OC Register, the virtual queue for World of Disney was 90 minutes long. Social distancing inside Downtown Disney appeared difficult as walkways became congested despite the limited crowds.
Disney has worked hard to create a safe environment for guests and we think they will continue to work to manage the crowds. Creating a safe environment at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney is more difficult than at Disney Springs in Disney World. Disney Springs is expansive and caters more to the tourists than locals.
Disneyland is more of a locals park and far less expansive than Disney World so Disney might have to restrict entry more capacity or implement additional safety measures. It’s likely that lines will steadily decrease as the reopening shine wears off. Stay tuned for changes should they be announced.