If you are a fan of Disneyland, your long wait is almost over. Unlike Disney World, which reopened with limited capacity in May of last year, Disneyland has been closed to guests for over a year now due to California’s regulations. Due to the vaccination rate and dropping COVID case numbers, California recently announced that theme parks could reopen as soon as April 1. After several days of speculation, Disney made it official: Disneyland Resort will reopen on April 30.

As with the Orlando parks, Disneyland will operate at limited capacity and with a park reservation system. At first, only California residents will be allowed to visit the parks, and both a park reservation and valid admission will be required for all guests 3 and up.

How else will the Disneyland experience be different? Parades and fireworks will not be initially offered, physical distancing will be encouraged, and masks will be required. Characters will not do traditional meet and greets, instead they are promised to “pop up in new ways and sometimes in unexpected places.” And guests will be able to experience a revamped and reimagined version of Snow White’s Scary Adventures, renamed Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, as soon as the parks reopen. No word has been given on an expected opening date for Avengers Campus or its new Spider-Man ride at DCA.

Disney’s Grand Californian will reopen on April 29, with the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel set to reopen at a later date.

While it’s unclear how much longer Disney Parks will need to operate at limited capacity, Disneyland reopening is a huge step toward getting back to normal theme park life.


James
James

James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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