State legislature has allowed Disney to reopen Disneyland at 15% capacity on April 1st, if the company plans on actively doing so.
Disneyland is allowed to reopen on April 1st, according to newly released California state guidance, announced on Friday. California’s newest Blueprint for a Safer Economy has said that Disneyland and fellow theme parks will be allowed to reopen at 15% capacity, exclusively to California residents.
According to a report by USA Today, president of the Disneyland Resort, Ken Potrock, has not confirmed whether or not Disney will be reopening on April 1st, although he has confirmed that they will be sharing a reopening data soon, something quite anticipated by millions across the globe.
Potrock has also said that
“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community.”
This announcement for the Disneyland Resort is not exclusive to the park. Neighboring theme parks and stadium, large capacity events, and others are also included, of course all with CDC guidelines and requirements.
Director Erin Guerrero of the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), said in a statement later that this announcement was a “step in the right direction for the state’s theme parks.” These parks aren’t exclusive to Disneyland however, with notable inclusions such as Universal Studios Hollywood.
“Parks now have a framework to safely and responsibly reopen; We appreciate the Administration’s willingness to work with the State’s theme on the finer details of the plan so parks can responsibly reopen soon, putting people safely back to work and reinvigorating local economies,” Guerrero said.
Even though this was the newest official announcement for Disneyland, the park was already planning to reopen with a very limited audience. February marked the announcement of the Disney Company’s “A Touch of Disney” ticketed experience, which was to run from March 18th through April 5th. Tickets had started to go on sale February 25th.
The experience will give visitors “world-famous food and beverages from around the resort, plus a change to see Disney characters, shop for the latest Disney merchandise and pose at unique photo locations,” a line given from a Disney Parks Blog post.
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A Touch of Disney is exclusively an eating and shopping event, with all attractions still to be closed. This is likely just to attract some visitors or revenue to Disneyland, giving those dying for a visit, a chance to, at least locally. These tickets are limited time, and also came in a limited count, likely reselling for quite a lot. With that in mind, there’s a big chance that Disney won’t reopen until May or June, as April 5th comes after the April 1st reopening.
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