Disneyland Reopening Delayed – Parks and Hotel Resorts

by Miles Jackson

Disneyland previously announced a proposed phased reopening of their theme parks for July 17. The parks are Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. In addition, the Disneyland hotels (Disneyland Resort Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel) are delayed. These reopenings were predicated on pending government approvals.

Disney earlier had made efforts to enhance their health and safety protocols for both cast and guests for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disney Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved by those local governments. This allowed Disney to reopen in a controlled, thoughtful and prepared manner and bring cast members back to their jobs. In turn, this allowed these parks to welcome guests again to the Disney experience in Hong Kong, China and Japan.

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Reopening Disneyland Delayed

ReOpening Disneyland Delayed Main Street Social Distancing on Disneyland’s Main Street May Prove a Challenge

Disney is facing a hurdle with the State of California and its Anaheim parks. California now indicates it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. The delay is attributable to recent spikes in Coronavirus infections that California and the country have demonstrated in the past two weeks.

UPDATED: Disney reports it is not accepting reservations until at least August. Disney officials added once they have a clearer understanding of what (and when) guidelines will be released, it expects to announce a firmer reopening date.

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Downtown Disney District

Downtown Disney District Downtown Disney District (Image: Disney)

The Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced. The entertainment behemoth assured the reopening will meet health and safety protocols. It follows the restaurant and retail opening guidelines provided by California’s government. In short, the reopening date is firm. The Master Services Union, which represents retail cast members at this location, already signed an agreement for members to return to work.

It’s also the unions (which represent about 17,000 Disneyland employees) who wrote a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, saying it’s still unsafe to reopen the parks so early.

The Upshot

It’s unfortunate that the nation is experiencing a surge in cases of the Coronavirus. Arizona, Florida, California and Texas have seen a dramatic increase in recent days. This forced the delayed reopening of Disneyland.

As a result, the State of California is still working on drafting their reopening guidelines for theme parks. California has about eleven amusement and theme parks.

At the same time, Downtown Disney District will be open on July 9, providing some Disney exposure for visitors.

WALT DISNEY WORLD (Florida): Walt Disney World theme parks will open beginning July 11 for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

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Are you looking forward to visiting “The Happiest Place On Earth” once it reopens? 

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