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Disneyland just announced its official reopening date

Disneyland announced the official date for reopening

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., 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 Park and Disney California Adventure park are planning to reopen on April 30, 2021, according to Disneyland’s official website.

  • The park updated its website Wednesday to include the new return date.

What’s going on?

Disneyland will most likely reopen on April 30. The park used the phrase “will plan to reopen” on that date because the coronavirus pandemic could change reopening guidelines if case counts soar.

Disneyland outlined multiple steps for people to visit the park, including:

  • Guests will need a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date.
  • There are limited reservations.
  • Only California residents can visit the parks.

Anything else?

  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen on April 29, 2021.
  • The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will remain closed. No reopening date has been announced yet.

Context

Disneyland has been closed since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Disney CEO Bob Chapek said at a recent investor’s meeting that Disneyland would reopen sometime in “late April,” as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • This came after California released new reopening guidelines for theme parks. Per The Los Angeles Times, the guidelines allowed for theme parks to start reopening on April 1.

Disneyland will host a mini-reopening called “A Touch of Disney” from March 18 to April 5, as I wrote for the Deseret News. That event has sold out already, per Disneyland’s official website.