Following in the footsteps of Walt Disney World, Disneyland is in the process of trying to reopen, but it’s proven to be difficult for the Anaheim-based resort. On June 10, Disney announced three sets of proposed reopening dates for the happiest place on earth.
However, on June 24, Disney announced that Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure’s original proposed reopening date of July 17 was been delayed. (This date was never officially approved by local and state officials.)
In June, Disney said, “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” meaning the reopening had to be delayed.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel also didn’t reopen as scheduled on July 23.
The latest development is as of Oct. 20 when California theme park reopening guidelines were released.
As determined by the state of California, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure cannot reopen until Orange County (the county Anaheim is in) falls into the yellow tier and only at 25% capacity.
There isn’t a reopening date yet, which is also hard to determine, because Orange County is currently in the red tier, not the yellow tier.
Here’s a breakdown of the reopening guidelines that you need to know about right now:
- Appropriate face coverings will be required, except when eating or drinking
- Park reservations will also be required, in addition to valid theme park admission
- Dining locations will also be limited to 25% capacity
- All ride queues must be outdoors
- If a county falls back a tier and has more cases, there is a chance the state could request they close again
Disneyland Resort president Ken Potrock released a statement on Oct. 20 following the release of the theme park guidelines and said in part, “… these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owed businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”
All that said, Downtown Disney is still open. Keep reading to learn more details, including about the health and safety protocols Downtown Disney is putting in place.
Here are the reopening dates as of June 24, 2020:
- July 9: Downtown Disney District
- TBD: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure
- TBD: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel
Like Disney World, this is a phased reopening with limits on capacity, entertainment, experiences, dining, and more. There will also of course be certain health and safety measures both guests and Cast Members will have to follow.
Even though our experiences at the parks will be different for some time, there’s no do doubt Disney will go above and beyond to make guests’ feel as magical as possible.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Disneyland’s reopening.
Reopening Protocols & Updates as of Oct. 26, 2020
The following is what’s currently known about Disneyland’s reopening. We will update with more information as soon as it is announced.
Health & Safety Protocols
There are several enhanced health and safety measures being put in place to help promote the following:
- Physical distancing
- Reduced contact
Here’s what you can expect:
- Enhanced Protective Measures including mandatory masks or face coverings for all Cast Members and guests, hand washing stations, as well as physical barriers (where appropriate).
- Physical Distancing which will be achieved via several different methods including reduced park capacity, signage, and ride queue re-configurations.
- Temperature Checks prior to entering Downtown Disney or the theme parks for both guests and Cast Members.
- Limited-Contact Enhancements via cashless and contactless payment options, the expansion of Mobile Order, and likely an increase in the use of technology for other things like menus.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation for the entire park, including ride vehicles.
Reopening dates for Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney Vacation Club Villas at Grand Californian, Paradise Pier, and the Disneyland Hotel haven’t been announced.
Stay tuned for more details.
Buena Vista Street Reopening
On Oct. 23, Disney announced that Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure will reopen sometime in November. Stay tuned for a specific date.
To be clear, only Buena Vista Street will reopen to allow guests to shop and eat. The rest of the park will remain closed. Of course, capacity will be limited for health and safety reasons.
The following locations will reopen:
- Elias & Co.
- Julius Katz & Sons
- Kingswell Camera Shop
- Trolley Treats
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Coafe
- Carthay Circle Lounge
- Smokejumpers Grill (Mobile Order)
Like Disney World, Disneyland will also use a park reservation system. This means all guests, including Annual Passholders, will need a reservation in order to access the theme parks.
Ticket and Annual Passport sales are currently paused temporarily, along with Annual Passport renewals.
As for entertainment, parades, nighttime spectaculars, and character meet and greets will be suspended for an unknown amount of time upon reopening. Don’t worry, though, characters will still make appearances in new ways to entertain guest.
More information about the park reservation system will be announced at some point.
Now that Downtown Disney is open, guests can expect to visit shopping and dining experiences. Yes, this also includes World of Disney.
There are many operational changes, along with new health and safety measures put in place. There are many similarities to Disney Springs. Below is everything you can expect upon visiting.
Downtown Disney will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Individual location hours may vary.
Parking & Entrances
Guests will be directed to self-park in the Simba Parking Lot (at Disneyland Drive and Katella Ave) and then make their way to the Downtown Disney District entrance adjacent to the Disneyland Hotel, near Earl of Sandwich.
Note: All other Guest parking locations will be closed.
Rideshare drop-offs will occur either at the Harbor Boulevard guest drop-off and pick-up location or at the Downtown Disney District guest drop-off and pick-up location on Downtown Drive.
Health & Safety Measures
These are the following health and safety measures guests can expect upon reopening:
Temperature & Security Screenings
All guests must have their temperature taken before entering the district. Temperatures will be taken in front of the Downtown Disney security screening location.
Anyone with a 100.4 F or above temperature will be directed to an additional location for rescreening. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 F or above, along with everyone in their party, will be denied entry.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
High-traffic areas, like handrails, benches, tables, handles, and restrooms will be cleaned more frequently. Guests can also expect hand-washing and hand sanitizer locations.
Guests have to bring and wear face coverings when visiting Downtown Disney.
All face coverings must:
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and allow the guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Important: neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not allowed
Operational Changes for Physical Distancing
There will be a limited number of guests and Cast Members at all times for each location. To ensure limited contact and physical distancing, expect:
- Signage: There will be directional signage and ground markings to help with physical distancing throughout the district and when queuing is required.
- Physical Barriers: There will be physical barriers to help with physical distancing, including areas around cash registers.
- Cashless Transactions: Guests are encouraged to use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards, Disney gift cards, and so on. Guests can also use contactless payment options, like mobile wallets or purchase a Disney Gift Card to use.
All dining locations will follow health and safety protocols, promote physical distancing, and require face coverings. There are also several changes dining locations will implement, including:
- Increased outdoor patio-style seating available at select locations
- Parties seated at tables 6 feet apart
- Digital or single-use menus available at many locations
Important: Guests may remove their face covering while actively eating or drinking outside while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.
- Guests will be able to make advance dining reservations for some table-service restaurants by booking online or on the official Disneyland app
- Some dining locations may use their own reservation system or virtual waitlist
- You should check with each individual location for the reservation process
- All members of your party must be present upon arrival in order to be seated and the hosts must bring your entire party to the table at one time
What’s Open (additional locations may reopen, but they aren’t currently listed):
- Asian Street Eats by Chef Hung Huynh
- Ballast Point Brewing Company
- Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
- Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs
- California Churro
- Earl of Sandwich
- Kayla’s Cakes
- La Brea Bakery Café
- Marceline’s Confectionery
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Salt & Straw
- Starbucks West
- Tortilla Jo’s
- Uva Bar & Cafe
- Wetzel’s Pretzels
- California Sole
- Curl Surf
- Disney Home
- Disney’s Pin Traders
- PANDORA Jewelry
- Rinse Bath & Body Co.
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Sunglass Icon
- The Disney Dress Shop
- The LEGO Store
- WonderGround Gallery Presents Star Wars Trading Post
- World of Disney
When it comes to merchandise locations, guests should note the following regarding:
- Mobile Wait List: A mobile wait list may be used at times to manage the number of guests shopping if capacity is reached.
- New Product Launches: New merchandise will still be available at Downtown Disney, but monthly program releases and limited-edition merchandise at Disney-owned and -operated retail locations won’t be available to purchase in-person until further notice. Visit the Merchandise Events page for more details on future buying opportunities.
- Dressing Rooms: Dressing rooms will not be available right now.
- Returns: Eligible returns and exchanges will be accepted at the World of Disney store and other Disney-owned and -operated locations upon the reopening of merchandise locations.
The 2020 Candlelight Processional is canceled, Disney officials confirmed to the Orange County Register on Sept. 10.
Stay tuned for more details.
Stay tuned for more details.
Although we have received more questions than we currently have answers for, we will continue to update this section as we learn more information.
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