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Disneyland offers glimpse at changes for when it opens up again

Disneyland in California will undergo changes because of the coronavirus pandemic

Disneyland Paris is temporarily closed following the spread of the novel coronavirus, Monday March 16, 2020 in Marne La Vallee, east of Paris. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Disneyland Paris is temporarily closed following the spread of the novel coronavirus, Monday March 16, 2020 in Marne La Vallee, east of Paris. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
Rafael Yaghobzadeh, Associated Press

Disneyland has shared an official update on what the park will look like when it reopens after it has been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Anaheim, California, theme park posted an update on its website that offered some clues about what the park will be like.

The Disneyland website reads: “Upon reopening, certain Disneyland Resort theme parks, restaurants and other locations may be limited in capacity and restricted to availability or even closed based on guidance from health experts and government officials. Furthermore, certain attractions, experiences, services and amenities will be modified, have limited availability or remain closed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed.”

The park said it will provide more information when it’s available.

Disneyland said it reserves the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases. It will provide any applicable refunds.

The announcement came on the same day that Disney Springs at Walt Disney World resort opened to the public, giving fans a chance to visit a Disney location, as I reported for the Deseret News.

Disney released a stern warning to guests about Disney Springs, saying that visitors assume some risk by visiting, as I reported for the Deseret News.

The Disney Springs website reads: “An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Disney Springs you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.”

Disneyland in Shanghai reopened on Monday, May 11. This was the first park to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the theme parks to close around mid-March.

Shanghai Disneyland asked guests to wear face masks and take temperature checks. Social distancing guidelines were also implemented at the Shanghai park.

The reopening has worked for Shanghai Disneyland so far. But Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Disneyland in the U.S. may face a tremendous issue when it comes to wearing masks, as I reported for the Deseret News.

He said, “I think that the masks for the guests will be something that culturally is, is different. In Asia, as you know, it’s fairly commonplace, even before COVID, for folks to walk around in public with masks on. That is not the case in the U.S.”