UPDATE: The state of California has released guidance on when amusement parks can reopen. For big theme parks like Disneyland, the county the park is located in must be in the yellow tier status (which means the rate of new cases and positivity is “minimal”) before it can reopen with capacity limited to 25%. You can check your county status here.
Orange County is currently in the red tier (“substantial”), and Los Angeles County is in the highest purple tier (“widespread”). That means big theme parks still can’t reopen at all for the foreseeable future.
Here’s the state’s new guidelines:
- Smaller parks can open with modifications
- Capacity must be limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less
- Outdoor attractions only can open
- Reservations or advanced ticket sales required
- Local attendees only (from the same county as the park’s location)
- Larger parks can open with modifications
- Park capacity must be limited to 25%
- Reservations or advanced ticket sales required
Original post below…
Disney has delayed the proposed July 17 reopening of its Disneyland Resort theme parks and hotels. Downtown Disney reopened on July 9, with a dining expansion onto Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure opening on November 19.
The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.
Disney has announced the phased reopening plans for the Disneyland Resort — but the reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure has been postponed. Here are the planned reopening dates:
- July 9 — Downtown Disney
July 17— Disneyland and Disney California Adventure July 23— Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
- November 19 — Downtown Disney expansion onto Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure
The theme park and hotel reopening dates are currently pending state and local government approvals. The Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.
Here’s what you should know before going to Disneyland:
- Reservation required: All guests, including annual passholders, must obtain a reservation to enter parks
- Face mask required: All guests and cast members must wear a face covering
- Temperature checks: All guests must undergo temperature screenings prior to entering
Read on for more details on what to expect on your next visit to Disneyland. Click here for our analysis on the reopening’s crowds and lines.
Limited capacity, social distancing
As expected, Disneyland will look a lot different after the reopening. To promote physical distancing and comply with governmental requirements, park capacity will be significantly limited. Disney has yet to announce exactly how much it will limit park attendance, but we’re expecting that capacity will be limited to at least under 50 percent.
Social distancing guidelines also mean that attractions that draw large crowds—such as parades, shows, and nighttime spectaculars (Fantasmic!, World of Color, fireworks)—will not be coming back right away. According to Disney, these attractions “will return at a later date.” Character meet-and-greets will also be temporarily unavailable.
Along with the capacity measures, Disney says that there will also be limitations on parking and possibly reduced operating hours. Face masks or coverings will be required for all guests and cast members. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings before entering any Disneyland Resort properties.
The biggest change to Disneyland following the reopening will be how park welcomes back guests. The Disneyland Resort will be launching a new park reservation system to manage attendance. All guests and annual passholders will be required to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
Exact details on how the reservation system works are scarce at the moment, but we expect that it will be similar to the reservation system currently in place for the Flex annual pass. Flex passholders simply book a reservation on the Disneyland website or app if they want to visit on certain dates.
No new ticket sales
Disneyland is also temporarily pausing new ticket sales, as well as annual pass sales and renewals. Disney says that more details on tickets and APs will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Will it be crowded?
So what about the crowds? Will there still be long lines at Disneyland this summer? You can read our analysis of projected crowds here.
Right now, we don’t think Disneyland will be crowded following the reopening simply because of the new park reservation system. We already got a taste of how well Disneyland can limit attendance last summer — when the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge made the park virtually empty thanks to a reservation-only system for the new land and a surge of annual pass blockout dates. A park reservation requirement for all guests, on top of limited capacity and paused ticket sales, will almost certainly help keep crowds and lines to a minimum this summer.
More details on Disneyland’s phased reopening will be announced closer to July 17, so we’ll this page updated with the latest information.
What do you think of Disneyland’s reopening plans? Are you going to visit anytime soon? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!