When Disneyland closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic, it was the first time any of us had seen something like this in our lifetime.
“Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, we are planning to open our theme park gates once again on July 17, 2020,” a statement on the Disney Parks blog said Wednesday.
Disneyland and California Adventure were temporarily shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The planned July reopenings are pending state and local government approvals, according to the statement.
“We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “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.”
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, the news release said. The Downtown Disney district will begin reopening July 9.
Capacity at the two theme parks to be severely limited in accordance with governmental requirements and adherence to physical distancing guidelines. The resort will thus manage attendance through a new park reservation system, Disney officials said. The system will require all guests, including annual pass holders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
Events that attract large group gatherings, including parades and evening spectacles such as “Fantasmic,” will return at a later date, according to the parks blog. Character meet-and-greets will remain temporarily unavailable.