Disney theme parks in California announce reopening dates

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Disney has officially announced its plans for a phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure for July.

According to the official press release from Disney, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen on July 17, which will come a little more than a week after the Downtown Disney District is set to reopen on July 9.

Although Walt Disney World in Orlando has already been approved for a July 11 opening — and will play host to the NBA and Major League Soccer — the opening dates for Disney’s California parks and attractions are still currently pending state and local government approvals.

Likewise, though Disney is reopening the parks, that doesn’t mean that it will go back to business as usual. The parks and attractions will still be required to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing.

According to official statements from Disneyland Resort officials, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests — including annual passholders — to obtain advanced reservations for park entry.

A “guest experience team” will be available throughout the parks and to help visitors navigate the new process.

In order to meet social distancing requirements and for the safety of everyone at the park, experiences that tend to draw large crowds — such as parades and nighttime events — will not be available upon reopening and will instead return at a later date.

Additionally, character meet-and-greets will not happen upon the reopening. As in other cities, Disney characters will be in the parks “in new ways to entertain and delight guests,” according to official statements from the company.

The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, along with the Paradise Pier Hotel have targeted July 23 for reopening. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels.

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