Disneyland Reopening Date Set
Disneyland Resort including both theme parks, all three hotels and the Downtown Disney Shopping District has been closed since the middle of March. Rumors had been swirling today that we would hear an announcent from Disney about the resorts’ re-opening and it indeed did come late in the day.
Disney announced a proposal for reopening that includes dates for the parks, shopping and some hotels to reopen. This proposal is subject to governmental approval, but this is Disney’s plan.
- July 9, 2020 – Downtown Disney District reopens
- July 17, 2020 – Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure reopen
- July 23, 2020 – Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel & Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopen
Note: There wasn’t a mention from Disney about when the Disneyland Hotel will reopen, so it appears for now at least that it won’t reopen with the rest of the resort.
Opening On A Historic Day
Does the date July 17 ring a bell? Disneyland Park opened its doors for the very first time on July 17, 1955. The reopening date will be exactly 65 years after Walt introduced his original Disneyland to the world. “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, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort,” said Disney.
Capacity Restrictions & Reservations Required
As with their parks on the East Coast, Disney will require reservations to attend Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. According to Disney, “…the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability.” They will announce more details soon.
In addition to requiring a reservation, don’t expect the parks to be fully back to normal upon reopening. Just as with Walt Disney World, special precautions will be taken for health and safety. Parades and nighttime spectaculars are temporarily off the schedule as well. Character meet n greets are temporarily closed as well, but you’ll still be able to see characters around the park.
You can see the full announcement from Disney here.
Disneyland Reopening Date – Bottom Line
Disneyland is the most special theme park in the world and its nice to hear the news that they are working towards a hopefully safe reopening. It’s still going to be awhile before the resort will open its doors which gives them time to ensure they can provide a safe environment for guests while also being able to slowly bring the huge operation back from its current shutdown.
Disney is going to announce the details of all of their policies soon, but for now we can mark these dates on our calendars in the hope that Walt’s original Magic Kingdom will once again welcome guests on its 65th birthday.