Disneyland Announces Phased Reopening Plan to Begin in July


Disney fans - this is the news you've been waiting for. The Disneyland Resort is proposing a phased reopening beginning July 9th, after closing their doors in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Disneyland Resort announced Wednesday a proposed plan to begin a phased reopening of the popular vacation destination beginning on July 9th with Downtown Disney "in line with the state’s reopening guidelines." Then, on July 17th, the Disneyland and the California Adventure theme parks will reopen their gates, with the resort's hotels, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel reopening on July 23rd.

"Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, we are planning to open our theme park gates once again on July 17, 2020," a statement on the Disney Parks blog said Wednesday.

Both theme parks will limit the number of visitors as part of the company's effort to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing. People who want to visit Disneyland Resort - including all Annual Passholders - will need to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.

Theme park reservations will be subject to availability.

"We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach," Josh D'Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products wrote on Wednesday. "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."

Other large group experiences, such as parades and nighttime spectaculars, will also return at a later date, the company added. Character meet and greets will also be missing from the parks, however, the company says the characters will be there "in new ways to entertain and delight guests."

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