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Disney California Adventure Park to open in mid-March for ‘limited-time’ event

Disney will host a new limited-time, ticketed experience in March

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland has revealed new ticket prices and they’re not a huge climb from before
In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disney will host a new limited-time, ticketed experience in March.
Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Disney California Adventure Park will reopen for a “limited-time ticketed experience” in March, according to multiple reports.

What happened?

Good Morning America” obtained a letter sent to Disney employees that noted there were 1,000 employees being called back for a Disney experience that would include “world-famous food and beverage offerings from around the resort, the latest merchandise and unique, carefully crafted entertainment experiences.”

  • “Teams across the resort are currently developing this distinctly Disney experience, different from a traditional visit to the theme parks,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock wrote in the letter, according to KTLA. “This past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but that has not curtailed in any way our ability to move forward with a spirit of optimism,” he reportedly wrote.

According to The Hill, it unclear which parts of California Adventure Park would be opened for guests.

The limited event will be similar to Downtown Disney’s reopening, which has allowed outdoor dining and shopping with limited capacity. According to KTLA, officials said “attractions will not be operating during this experience.”

Context

Disneyland has been closed since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The California theme park was going to reopen in July 2020 to celebrate its 65th anniversary. But California did not issue guidelines for theme parks in time for that event, so it remained closed. California eventually issued state guidelines for theme parks to reopen, which focus on each theme parks’ individual county. Experts now expect Disneyland to reopen sometime in 2021.

Christine McCarthy, Disney’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, said Disneyland would likely stay closed until at least March, as I wrote for the Deseret News.