Disneyland announces reopening date

Disneyland announces dates for phased reopening

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have announced plans for a phased reopening after the coronavirus outbreak closed the parks in March.

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said it will begin a phased reopening on July 9 starting with the Downtown Disney District. Pending California and local government approvals, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen July 17. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel are slated to reopen July 23.

Advance reservations will be required for theme park visitors and capacity will be limited, according to the statement. Events that draw large crowds, such as parades and nighttime spectaculars, won’t return immediately, and Disney characters will be in the parks but not available to meet with visitors, the statement reads.

Disneyland fans normally can bank on the park being open regardless of what’s going on in the world around it. The park closed only a handful of times in 65 years and never for more than a day, according to Jason Schultz, supervisory archivist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and unofficial Disneyland historian who wrote “Jason’s Disneyland Almanac.” The last closure was after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The proposed reopening date is 65 years after Disneyland first opened its gates in 1955.