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Disneyland reveals major changes ahead of reopening

Disneyland will reopen soon. So what will be different?

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Two visitors enter Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Disneyland employees — called Cast Members — may look a little different compared to when you last saw them.

Two visitors enter Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek, said Tuesday that Disneyland Resort will likely reopen by late April.

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Disneyland recently revealed two major changes to its parks ahead of reopening that you’ll want consider if and when you go back.

First, the park will not reopen entirely just yet. In fact, many aspects will remain closed.

  • “Upon reopening, certain theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other locations may be limited in capacity and subject to restricted availability or even closure 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. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Disneyland also said it has the right to cancel your attendance.

  • “We reserve the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases and provide applicable refunds.”

The California theme park will also be changing the FastPass problem ahead of reopening, too, as the park looks to keep safety measures in place.

  • “As a result of the impact of COVID-19 on operations, FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass services are suspended for the time being and are not available for purchase or use. We will share future updates at a later date.”


California shared new guidelines for theme parks to reopen in 2021, per The Los Angeles Times. The guidelines call for parks to reopen on April 1 if their case counts put them in a low-risk tier. Currently, the highest-risk tier — “purple” tier — doesn’t allow for theme parks to reopen. But parks can reopen in all other tiers.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently told investors that Disneyland will likely reopen in “late April,” which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • All signs point toward Disneyland reopening with 15% capacity since Orange County, California, is currently in the “red tier.” However, the county could soon move to “orange” tier, which would allow for 25% capacity, according to Deadline.

Disneyland officials said the theme park park will have a mini reopening in March for a limited-capacity event called “A Touch of Disney.”