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Disneyland set to reopen April 1? Here’s the latest updates on when the theme park can open


Disneyland, California, has been closed since March 2020.


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Disneyland could be reopening next month after new theme park guidance was issued by California Friday. Under the new rules, as of April 1 theme parks may open if they’re located in a county in the “red” tier. It comes after Disneyland closed its gates more than a year ago due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. For the first time in its 65-year history, the iconic California theme park shut down for a month on March 12 — and remained closed.

Disneyland Resort became a mass coronavirus vaccine site instead of a theme park destination in early 2021. The Toy Story parking lot began serving up coronavirus vaccinations on Jan. 14 as Orange County’s first vaccine super site. Disneyland Resort had “stepped up” to host mass vaccine distribution and would be “absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” the county said.

Here’s the latest on when California Adventure and Disneyland will fully reopen, and why they haven’t while most of Disney’s other global theme parks, including Walt Disney World on the opposite coast of the US, have.

Will Disneyland reopen in April?

Under the new California theme park guidance, Disneyland will be able to reopen if Orange County is in the red, or “substantial,” tier as of April 1. Under this tier, there can be up to 7 daily new cases with positive test rates of up to 8%. Orange County is almost there already — as of March 2, 2021, Orange County is sitting at 7.5 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 people, with a 3.9% positive rate on test results.

Those numbers began plummeting six weeks ago — Orange County was sitting at 99.7 cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 19. 

There are some limits to its reopening, however. While the county remains in the red tier, the park has a maximum capacity of 15%, with no indoor dining allowed. You must also stick to small groups with a maximum of 10 people, with online ticket sales only. In addition, only people from California will be allowed inside the park.

Once Orange County reaches the orange tier, Disneyland will be capped at 25% capacity and California visitors only. The yellow tier will see a 35% capacity permitted as well as a 25% indoor capacity and California visitors only.

Disneyland had initially announced an optimistic reopening date of July 17, 2020, its 65th anniversary. But it was forced to backtrack on those plans when California declined to issue theme park guidance. California finally revealed its initial theme park reopening guidelines on Oct. 20, which would not have allowed the park to open until it was in the “yellow” tier, with less than 1 daily case per 100,000 people and a 2% positive test rate.

California Adventure sold out on event tickets

A Touch of Disney California Adventure Disneyland

Disney Parks

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of California Adventure, Disneyland announced “A Touch of Disney” on Feb. 24 — a limited capacity ticketed event that will take place starting March 18 at California Adventure. Tickets cost $75, with the event running Thursdays through Mondays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The ticket includes parking, unlimited PhotoPass photos, and a $25 dining card towards your food and non-alcoholic drinks. No rides will be open.

Tickets for A Touch of Disney went on sale March 4, but were sold out in less than a day despite Disney adding another two weeks to its event calendar due to the high demand of ticket sales. “The queue to purchase tickets has closed as there are no additional tickets for sale at this time,” Disney said Friday — but you can keep checking back for more tickets to be “released on a rolling basis until the experience ends.”

A Touch of Disney will include food and beverages, Disney characters, merchandise and photo locations. The event coincides with the usual timing of California Adventure‘s annual food and wine festival, and will reportedly allow around 1,000 employees to come back to work. The new Avengers Campus will be the only area of the park not open during the event.

As well as reopening food locations like Smokejumpers Grill, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Award Wieners and Cocina Cucamonga, California Adventure will have six “seasonal” marketplaces for more snack choices. You can also book a table at Carthay Circle Lounge and Lamplight Lounge. Disney will even bring some of the food items usually only found at Disneyland over to California Adventure, including the Dole Whip from the Tiki Room and the Monte Cristo sandwich from New Orleans Square.

Characters across the park will include Mickey Mouse, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Joy and Sadness.

The main street area of California Adventure theme park initially reopened on Nov. 19, including Buena Vista Street and parts of Hollywood Land, for dining and shopping. California Adventure’s current reopening includes all stores in Buena Vista Street, as well as dining locations like the Carthay Circle Lounge, Smokejumper’s Grill, Award Wieners, Starbucks and carts for churros and popcorn. Those areas will close down to the general public during the ticketed event.

Disney has yet to announce whether it’s planning to similarly reopen the shopping and dining locations along Main Street USA in Disneyland.

What will Disneyland look like when it reopens?

Once Disneyland does reopen, park capacity will be limited to 25% and reservations will be required. Plexiglass has already been installed at the park entry points.

Smaller theme parks — those with a total capacity of 15,000 people or fewer — are permitted to reopen once their county reaches the orange or “moderate” tier, but they’ll be capped at 25% attendance or 500 people, whichever is less. Only outdoor attractions can be open, reservations are required, and only locals can attend.

While we’re waiting for the parks to reopen, you can check out some behind-the-scenes magic on the Disney Parks TikTok account, or the Disney Parks YouTube channel.

Downtown Disney is open

The Downtown Disney shopping and dining area reopened six months ago on July 9 in line with California’s restaurant and retail opening guidelines.

Between December 2020 and January 2021, Orange County was subject to strict stay-at-home orders due to ICU capacity falling below 15%. Restaurants were forced to close in Downtown Disney and California Adventure, but Gov. Newsom lifted the lockdown orders on Jan. 25.

Currently, all dining and shopping locations in Downtown Disney are open, apart from locations in the Disneyland HotelDisney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. To visit Downtown Disney, you can only park in the Simba parking lot, and must undergo a temperature screening, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. The area is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., or 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Disney opened a new Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney in mid-February so you can get your Star Wars merchandise fix while Galaxy’s Edge is closed.

Disneyland cancels and refunds annual passes

Disneyland announced Jan. 14 that it’ll be canceling its annual passholder program for now.

“Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program,” Disneyland President Ken Potrock said in a statement.

Disneyland is “developing new membership offerings” for when it reopens. Those who held an active annual pass as if March 14, 2020, are now called “Legacy Passholders” and will continue getting discounts for now when shopping or dining at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. Legacy Passholders will also get early access to the new Star Wars store and Wanda Vision photo op, both of which are coming to Downtown Disney soon.

Why was Disney World allowed to reopen?

Disney was able to reopen the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios way back in July. It was permitted to do so by Florida’s less-strict state and local guidelines.

The Orlando Disney parks have social distancing and wellness measures, including temperature screenings, wearing masks, keeping guests six feet apart while lining up for attractions and a guest reservation system to limit capacity. Fireworks have also been suspended.

Disney Springs shopping and dining area reopened on May 20 with limited parking, fewer entrances, temperature screening before entry, masks required, physically distanced lines and barriers, reduced hours, no entertainment and more sanitization and disinfectant. Disney-owned stores and restaurants in Disney Springs began reopening May 27.

Layoffs across the US theme parks business

Vacationers aren’t the only ones affected by Disneyland’s continuing closure — Disney announced on Sept. 29 that it would lay off 28,000 US employees, citing reduced capacity at its theme parks due to social distancing requirements, as well as California’s “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”

In an SEC filing on Nov. 26, Disney revealed it would be laying off an additional 4,000 employees, for 32,000 total.

Disneyland reached an agreement with 11 unions representing its workers as of Oct. 14, according to the Orange County Register, so that it’s ready to open immediately as soon as permitted. The California Health and Human Services Agency reportedly sent state health officials to assess Disney World in Florida during the first week of October, the Los Angeles Times reported.


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