It seemed like there was little hope for any portion of Disneyland to reopen before 2021 with the recent spikes of Covid cases around California. In a surprising turn of events California Governor Gavin Newsome laid out plans for theme parks to reopen. While it seemed like good news, the new guidelines are damn near impossible to follow. Never fear though because Disney has a plan that may not reopen the entire resort but enough for fans to enjoy.
Yesterday Disneyland announced beginning in November, California Adventure Park Buena Vista Street will be open for outdoor dining and shopping. The rides will still remained close for the foreseeable future. For Disney fans this is a small victory for the pathway of reopening. This will allow fans to be able to get some more Disney magic and see the park decorated for the holidays. Another big push to reopening this part of Disneyland is the push for merchandise sales close to the holidays. Downtown Disney has been opened since July and has been a popular spot for locals in the area. Just as with Downtown Disney, guests at California Adventure will be required to have their temperature checked and wear a proper mask. Capacity will also be capped to allow for social distancing.
Disneyland and other major parks in California cannot operate until their respective counties are placed in Tier 4 “Yellow” (minimal) as stated by State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. When a park does open, there will be a limited capacity of 25 percent. Very similar to how other parks have reopened. Disneyland’s Orange County is currently in the “Red” (substantial) tier.
On the other side of the country it Disneyland’s younger sibling Disney World Resort has been open with limited capacity since July. With the restriction completely lifted in Florida Disney has been able to manage its own safety guidelines to large socially distanced crowds. Even though the happiest place on Earth may not be fully open there is something to smile about now.