ANAHEIM, CA —Disneyland Resort is preparing to once again open its gates after closing in mid-March for the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, with plans for a phased-reopening, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, the Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.
Park capacity will be limited to comply with the state's requirements on physical distancing. There is a pause on new ticket sales and sales of Annual Passports, as well as renewals.
"These are baby steps," according to Disney Parks Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D'Amaro. "As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind."
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.
Downtown Disney District will start the reopening process on July 9, in line with the state's reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store.
"With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District," a park spokesperson said.
Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as the Disneyland Resort monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities.
Disneyland holds a special place in the hearts of people around the world. Disneyland Resort remains a place where family members of all ages could have fun together – a place to "leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy." Sixty-five years later, it still is.
It's time for magic – and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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