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Disney Parks taps July for Disneyland reopening

When will Disneyland reopen? July, if state and local law permits

In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. The coronavirus is hitting California’s most famous tourist sites hard. From Disneyland to Yosemite National Park, the Golden State’s iconic destinations are closed or shuttering amenities to prevent the spread of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 18, 2020, one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. The coronavirus is hitting California’s most famous tourist sites hard. From Disneyland to Yosemite National Park, the Golden State’s iconic destinations are closed or shuttering amenities to prevent the spread of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Disney Parks announced Wednesday when Disneyland will begin its phased reopening, assuming everything goes according to plan.

  • Downtown Disney District would reopen on July 9.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel would all reopen on July 23.
  • Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park would reopen on July 17.

The dates are “pending state and local government approvals,” according to Disney.

Some extra details:

  • Disneyland would reopen on July 17, which is the park’s 65th anniversary. I wrote about the speculation for the date earlier this week. News and rumors suggested July 17 would be the date for reopening.
  • The park will operate with limited capacity to comply with government requirements and physical distancing.
  • Parades and large events will return in the future.
  • Character meet and greets will remain unavailable for now.

Reservations:

  • Disneyland will manage attendance through a new reservation system, which will require all guests to obtain a reservation to enter the park.
  • Reservations will be subject to availability.
  • There will be a pause on new ticket sales and annual passport sales.
  • Per Disney: “Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a guest experience team will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new policies.”