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While Disneyland has been closed in California, we’ve been making Disney theme park recipes, buying Disney park merch, and watching new Disney movies from home — but in just a few short weeks, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to come back to the Happiest Place on Earth.
After more than a year of being closed due to coronavirus, Disneyland could be weeks away from reopening.
Here’s what you need to know:
Disneyland can reopen with capacity limits as of April 1.
The State of California recently announced that concert venues, sporting arenas and theme parks can reopen with capacity limits.
As the Disneyland Resort scrambles to reassemble a staff that largely hasn’t worked in a year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen on April 30.
Only California residents will be allowed in (at first).
For now, the State of California is only allowing their residents to visit the reopened theme parks, as part of measures designed to reduce crowding and prevent community spread of Covid-19.
Only 15-35% of the park’s 85,000-person capacity will be allowed in the park each day, depending on current Covid-19 case numbers.
Expect the Disneyland experience to be different once it reopens.
Disneyland is one of the last Disney theme parks to reopen since the Covid-19 pandemic, but the other reopenings show what it’ll be like once they welcome guests back:
- All guests, including season pass holders, have to fill out a reservation before coming to the park to prevent overcrowding.
- Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing are required.
- Parades, nighttime shows, and other crowd-drawing park events are cancelled.
- Character meet-and-greets will be temporarily unavailable.
California Adventure is already (sort of) open again.
Disney’s California Adventure recently announced “A Touch of Disney,” a limited time ticketed experience (with no rides or shows) starting March 18.
The Downtown Disney District is open; hotels are still closed.
Downtown Disney — the Disneyland Resort’s outdoor shopping center that has about 30 shops and restaurants surrounding the two theme parks — reopened in July 2020.
The Disneyland Hotels remain closed with no anticipated reopening date.
Walt Disney World opened last summer in Florida, and is accepting out-of-state visitors.
Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are also open. Disneyland Paris is scheduled for an April 2 reopening.