Disneyland California has released plans to begin a phased reopening from 9th July, initially welcoming visitors to the Downtown Disney District. The resort then hopes to reopen Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure on the 17th with hotels to follow on the 23rd.
Capacity within the theme parks will be limited, and guests will be asked to make reservations online in advance. Disney has put a ‘temporary pause’ on the purchase of annual passes and any new ticket sales online, to ensure they can manage attendance levels and comply with US government guidelines.
The plans to reopen state there will be enhanced health and safety measure across the park. The announcement follows that of Florida’s Walt Disney World, which recently circulated plans to open from 11th July. The company has specified guests must wear masks and will undergo temperature checks on arrival.
Disney shared that experiences that usually attract a large crowd, such as parades and firework displays, will be temporarily paused, along with character meet and greets. Characters will however still be on the park, to entertain from a distance.
Disneyland Shanghai reopened in May – the park, which can accommodate up to 80,000 visitors, installed an attendance cap of 20,000, with plans to gradually increase this over time. Rides were only able to operate half empty, and spaced-apart yellow boxes were installed for staff members to direct groups into for social distancing purposes. Theatre experiences also reopened, but certain seating rows were blocked out.