Disney to reopen Disneyland on July 17 despite health risks

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Nearly three months after Disneyland’s unprecedented closure due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced Wednesday night that the park will reopen on July 17.

Subject to state and local government approvals, Disneyland will open alongside Disney California Adventure in mid-July. The Downtown Disney District will reopen a week early on July 9, while Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on July 23.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Disneyland is limiting its maximum capacity to comply with government regulations and social distancing measures. According to the blog post, “Disneyland Resort will manage visitor numbers through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including annual pass holders, to make an advance reservation for entry. Reservations for theme parks are subject to availability. System details not yet The park has temporarily suspended the sale of new tickets and the sale and renewal of annual passes in anticipation of reopening.

Disney will try to recreate as much of the park’s original magic as possible, but some activities will take time to regain full momentum. Parades and evening shows will not take place during the July reopening and will return at a later date. Character meet-ups and greetings will also be discontinued, although the park promises that “characters will be at the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.”

Hours before Disney’s announcement, California health officials put Los Angeles, a neighbor of Orange County where Disney’s Anaheim Park is located, on a watch list for where COVID-19 could soon surge. “The model predicts that the spread of COVID-19 in the Los Angeles County area is likely to increase gradually over time,” said Dr. Ghaly noted that the projected case rate could leave the number of intensive care beds in Los Angeles becoming insufficient over the next 2 to 4 weeks. Another outbreak could force the state to return to the protective measures that forced Disney to close Disneyland park and resorts in March.

In late May, Disney announced that it plans to open Disney World next month. In a separate statement, Josh D’Amaro, president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said his confidence in the parks reopening came from “hard work.”

“While some aspects of your visit may change, I assure you that the quality of our storytelling, the magic of our experiences, and the caliber of our actors have not changed,” he wrote. “We recognize the trust you place in the Disney brand and we will continue to earn your trust every day.”

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