July 17 is an essential day on the calendar for any Disneyland fan. That’s because it is the day that the iconic theme park opened to the public. The place, where guests “entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy,” has been closed for the past two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
While Coivd-19 is not under control, states are beginning to put their reopening plans into motion. Disneyland Resort selected targeted reopening dates for Downtown Disney, Disneyland Resort, Disney’s California Adventure, and Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel. Disneyland Hotel will remain closed for the time being.
The news comes to us from the theme park’s official blog. According to their latest post, Downtown Disney will likely reopen July 9, 2020. That is followed by Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure reopening on July 17, 2020. Finally, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on July 23, 2020. However, these are all proposed dates, and will only happen if the plans are approved on a state and local level.
Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with several other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club.
Disney will be implementing its guidelines to keep guests safe. Park attendance will be “significantly limited” to comply with governmental requirements. Social distancing, temperature checks, and face masks will likely be a part of those safety measures. Additionally, there will be no character interactions, parades, or nightly fireworks.
Disneyland Resort will also manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
Details on the new reservation system will be made public soon. And there will be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals. Additional details will be available soon. Please check Disneyland.com for the most current information.
Disney Parks around the globe are also starting to reopen with similar systems that will keep guests safe. When Disneyland Shanghai opened in May, they implemented safety measures that many stateside theme parks are using. So, expect to see many more temperature checks, guests wearing masks and social distancing.