The Disneyland experience may never be the same again. Earlier this month it was revealed that the iconic theme park, along with other California parks, will be able to reopen after April 1. Disneyland has been closed since March 13, 2020, and at that time, it was thought that it would only be closed until the end of the month. Now, with the reopening on the horizon, Disney is beginning to prepare potential visitors for what the future of the park will look like.
Limited capacity will always be part of the Disneyland reopening process. When the park can reopen, it will only allow 15% of its capacity inside, which will surely make entry into the park very difficult. “Upon reopening, certain theme parks, hotels, restaurants and other venues may have limited capacity and may be subject to restricted availability or even closure based on guidance from health experts and government officials,” says a statement from Disney.
Like Walt Disney World in Florida, “Certain attractions, experiences, services and amenities will change, have limited availability, or remain closed. Park admission and offers are not guaranteed.” Basically, things could change at Disneyland at any time, even if the park opens for the day, even if the guests have their reservations lined up. Additionally, FASTPASS and MaxPass, along with Extra Magic Hour and Magic Morning will not return when the parks reopen. With only 15% capacity allowed in the park, it shouldn’t be too difficult to access certain attractions. It is unclear if and when Disney will regain the features. As for parades and shows, they won’t be returning to Disneyland or California Adventure just yet.
Disney says they will keep park visitors informed in the near future, including a specific date for the official reopening. Like Walt Disney World, some attractions will be modified or remain closed when Disneyland can reopen. Anything that has to do with a large crowd of people will have to shrink or shut down entirely. Additionally, “Character meetups and greetings will not be available at this time. Characters will be in our parks in new ways to entertain and delight our guests.”
The Disneyland Resort will also have capacity measures, as well as limitations on parking and operating hours. All of these new guidelines will be combined with safety protocols, which means that masks must be worn at all times, except when eating and drinking. Some park visitors may be disappointed in the new reopening guidelines, but it’s certainly better than not opening at all. As it stands, the reopening of Disneyland will likely change and morph in the next few years, although it seems that some aspects will never be the same again. You can go to the official blog of Disney parks for continuous updates on reopening guidelines.
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