Disneyland set to reopen in late April: The latest updates

Disneyland set to reopen in late April: The latest updates

Disneyland is expected to reopen next month after California issued new guidance on theme parks. Under the new rules, as of April 1, theme parks may open if they’re located in a county in the “red” tier. It comes after Disneyland closed its gates more than a year ago due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. For the first time in its 65-year history, the iconic California theme park initially shut down for a month on March 12 — and then remained closed.

Disneyland Resort became a coronavirus vaccine site instead of a theme park destination in early 2021. The Toy Story parking lot began serving as Orange County’s first vaccine super site on Jan. 14. Disneyland Resort had “stepped up” to host mass vaccine distribution and would be “absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” the county said.

Here’s the latest on when California Adventure and Disneyland will fully reopen, and why they haven’t while most of Disney’s other global theme parks, including Walt Disney World on the opposite coast of the US, have.

Disneyland expected to reopen late April

Under the new guidance issued March 5, Disneyland will be able to reopen if Orange County is in the red, or “substantial,” tier as of April 1. Under this tier, counties can have up to 7 new daily cases per 100,000 people and positive test rates of up to 8% — and as of March 9, 2021, Orange County is sitting at 6 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 people, with a 3.2% positive rate on test results.

Those numbers began plummeting six weeks ago; Orange County was sitting at 99.7 cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 19.

Following the surprise news, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said March 9 that it will “take some time” to get Disneyland ready to reopen. “This includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the state of California’s new requirements,” he said.

Chapek hopes to reopen Disneyland by late April.

While the county remains in the red tier, the park will have a maximum capacity of 15%, with no indoor dining allowed. Guests must also stick to small groups with a maximum of 10 people, and all ticket sales must be done online. Only people from California will be allowed inside the park.

Once Orange County reaches the orange tier, Disneyland will be capped at 25% capacity, while the yellow tier will see a 35% capacity permitted as well as a 25% indoor capacity. All three tiers allow for only California visitors to Disneyland.

Disneyland had initially announced an optimistic reopening date of July 17, 2020, its 65th anniversary. It was forced to backtrack on those plans when California declined to issue theme park guidance. The state revealed its initial theme park reopening guidelines on Oct. 20, which wouldn’t have allowed the park to open until it was in the yellow tier, with fewer than 1 daily case per 100,000 people and a 2% positive test rate.

Disneyland is expected to reopen next month after California issued new guidance on theme parks. Under the new rules, as of April 1, theme parks may open if they’re located in a county in the “red” tier. It comes after Disneyland closed its gates more than a year ago due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. For the first time in its 65-year history, the iconic California theme park initially shut down for a month on March 12 — and then remained closed.

Disneyland Resort became a coronavirus vaccine site instead of a theme park destination in early 2021. The Toy Story parking lot began serving as Orange County’s first vaccine super site on Jan. 14. Disneyland Resort had “stepped up” to host mass vaccine distribution and would be “absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus,” the county said.

Here’s the latest on when California Adventure and Disneyland will fully reopen, and why they haven’t while most of Disney’s other global theme parks, including Walt Disney World on the opposite coast of the US, have.

Disneyland expected to reopen late April

Under the new guidance issued March 5, Disneyland will be able to reopen if Orange County is in the red, or “substantial,” tier as of April 1. Under this tier, counties can have up to 7 new daily cases per 100,000 people and positive test rates of up to 8% — and as of March 9, 2021, Orange County is sitting at 6 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 people, with a 3.2% positive rate on test results.

Those numbers began plummeting six weeks ago; Orange County was sitting at 99.7 cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 19.

Following the surprise news, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said March 9 that it will “take some time” to get Disneyland ready to reopen. “This includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the state of California’s new requirements,” he said.

Chapek hopes to reopen Disneyland by late April.

While the county remains in the red tier, the park will have a maximum capacity of 15%, with no indoor dining allowed. Guests must also stick to small groups with a maximum of 10 people, and all ticket sales must be done online. Only people from California will be allowed inside the park.

Once Orange County reaches the orange tier, Disneyland will be capped at 25% capacity, while the yellow tier will see a 35% capacity permitted as well as a 25% indoor capacity. All three tiers allow for only California visitors to Disneyland.

Disneyland had initially announced an optimistic reopening date of July 17, 2020, its 65th anniversary. It was forced to backtrack on those plans when California declined to issue theme park guidance. The state revealed its initial theme park reopening guidelines on Oct. 20, which wouldn’t have allowed the park to open until it was in the yellow tier, with fewer than 1 daily case per 100,000 people and a 2% positive test rate.

California Adventure sold out on event tickets

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of California Adventure, Disneyland announced “A Touch of Disney” on Feb. 24 — a limited capacity ticketed event that will take place starting March 18 at California Adventure. Tickets cost $75, with the event running Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 8 p.m. The ticket includes parking, unlimited PhotoPass photos, and a $25 dining card toward your food and nonalcoholic drinks. No rides will be open.

Tickets for A Touch of Disney went on sale March 4, but were sold out in less than a day despite Disney adding another two weeks to its event calendar due to high demand. “The queue to purchase tickets has closed as there are no additional tickets for sale at this time,” Disney said Friday. But you can keep checking back for more tickets to be “released on a rolling basis until the experience ends.”  ReadMore>>

 

Source : cnet

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