This July Disneyland Resort reopens in phases, pending government approval. The first phase of the Disneyland reopening will be on July 9 when Downtown Disney reopens.
the parks reopen on Disneyland’s 65th birthday, July 17. The reopening has been postponed and is unknown at this time. Both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure will open to reduced capacity with limited offerings. Plans will be dependent on state and local government approval.
The third and fourth phase will be the resort hotels, with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa opening alongside Paradise Pier Hotel
on July 23 (pending approval by state and local governments). The hotel reopening has also been delayed and is unknown at this time. The previous reopening plan did not plan to reopen the Disneyland Hotel at the same time as the other two.
When Disneyland reopens it will be very different from the Disneyland experience we have come to expect. Disney has released is a bulleted list of the type of changes we’ll see take place around the Disneyland Resort.
- Enhanced Protective Measures: We will require mandatory face coverings for both Cast Members and Guests, with the addition of hand-washing stations and physical barriers, where appropriate. Get some Disney face masks at Etsy and the Disney Store (not shipping until late July).
- Physical Distancing: We will reduce theme park capacity to enable physical distancing and add appropriate signs to help Guests move responsibly throughout the property.
- Temperature Checks: All Guests will undergo temperature screenings prior to entering the Downtown Disney District or the theme parks; in addition, health screenings and temperature checks will be required daily for Cast Members.
- Limited-Contact Enhancements: We are recommending cashless transactions and we will reduce Cast Member and Guest interactions with helpful technology, including the expansion of Mobile Order in our Disneyland app, Apple Pay, and more.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation: We will build upon our existing standards of cleaning with heightened protocols.
New Disneyland Reservation System for Reopening
Park reservations are an important key to how the Disney parks will move forward. Luckily, Disneyland has had the opportunity to test out such a reservation system when Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opened one year ago.
Ironically, the crowd turn-out following the opening of the new land somewhat resembled what you can probably expect if you do visit the resort this summer. At the time, Disney made efforts to prevent overcrowding.
Now, they are using a similar tactic to allow only a limited number of guests in for a reduced park capacity that is consistent with the type of physical distancing protocols that are required to responsibly reduce the risk of spreading a virus.
All guests, including Annual Passholders, are required to make advance reservations for park entry and will be subject to availability. Reservations are not yet available, but it’s likely that tickets will be required to make a reservation and you’ll use your My Disney Experience account to make the reservation.
Until further notice, Disney paused all ticket sales while the company relies on the reservation system to monitor progress and maintain safety measures.
The resort hotels will take a little bit longer to open as they work on necessary changes for guest safety. Disney is playing this reopening event very tentatively and giving themselves plenty of wiggle room to change and adapt as needed once people begin to visit the parks once again.
Before You Make a Reservation
One thing to keep in mind before you rush to the Disneyland resort this summer is that new policies and procedures are not the only things to look out for.
Dining experiences, attractions, and other entertainment are subject to change or might not be available at all. Although Disneyland has not come out with a list of attractions that definitely will not be available, it’s easy to see how many of the experiences will not be possible unless they are significantly modified.
The only thing Disneyland has said for certain is that parades and shows are definitely out. These main entertainment attractions draw crowds as Imagineers design them to do. Bringing large crowds together is counter to the efforts enforced by health authorities and the local government.
Although there might be characters roaming around the parks, character meet-and-greets with hugs, autographs, and photo ops will also be unavailable for the time being.
You’ll need to decide if the cost of a Disneyland vacation is worth the limited access and experiences.
Is it Safe?
Disneyland wants to get it right. That’s why they won’t say too much about what will be happening yet. They have given themselves room to test and adjust newly enhanced safety measures as necessary.
However, there is an inherent risk involved when you visit Disneyland or any other theme park during a pandemic. Disneyland is sure to acknowledge that in a posted warning.
By visiting Disneyland Resort you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure. The warning also cautions that senior citizens and those with pre-existing illnesses are especially vulnerable to the disease.
These plans are all subject to approval and Disneyland’s position is very tentative at this point. If you have tickets or reservations and want to modify your plans, call 714-520-5050.