Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the iconic Disney theme parks in California, are reopening after months of being closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The original Disney complex (DIS), which is located in Anaheim, California, plans to begin a gradual reopening on July 17, the company said Wednesday, pending approvals from state and local governments. July 17 is the 65th anniversary of the opening day of Disneyland Park.
The reopening of the Disneyland complex follows the announcement that Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will begin a gradual reopening next month.
Disney also announced that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, two hotels that are part of the Disneyland complex, plan to reopen on July 23.
The Downtown Disney district, which includes shops and restaurants, will begin reopening on July 9.
As in Orlando, Disney says the Disneyland resort will reopen with “improved health and safety measures.” The company said the theme park’s capacity will be “significantly limited to meet government requirements and promote physical distance.”
The company added that additional information on the reopens “will be shared soon.”
Disney said last month that it was implementing various measures to safely reopen and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its Disney World resort. Employees and guests will be required to wear face covers and undergo temperature checks before entering the parks. It will also temporarily suspend parades, fireworks, and other crowd-creating events.
Disneyland has more than 30,000 employees.
The 12 Disney parks in North America, Asia and Europe closed due to the outbreak on different dates this year. Shanghai Disneyland, the company’s largest international park, reopened on May 11 after being closed since January 24.
The Parks and Experiences unit is crucial to Disney’s bottom line, and the park closings were a great success for the company.
Segment operating profit in the last quarter fell 58% compared to the previous year, losing $ 1 billion in profit just weeks after the global close.
Robert Niles, publisher of ThemeParkInsider.com, noted that the reopening of Disneyland should be easier than Disney World because California’s parks “are not as dependent on international and off-market travel as Walt Disney World is.”
“Disneyland should be able to regain its attendance faster than Florida parks,” Niles told CNN Business. “The problem is … is Disneyland ready to handle that?”
Disneyland theme parks are “small in physical size compared to parks in the Orlando area,” Niles said.
“Maintaining social distancing will be much more difficult for Disney in California,” he added. “It is going to take a bit of creativity and a lot of the experience that Disney has learned from preparing its parks in Shanghai and Orlando.”
Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney, told CNN Business that he believes it’s safe for guests to return to the company’s parks even as the pandemic continues.
“We have done everything we can to open ourselves responsibly,” Chapek said last month regarding the opening of Disney World. “Following the guidance of local health officials, state health officials, national health officials, plus our own well-qualified physicians on staff to create an environment to create new operating procedures, create new policies, do new trainings , new hygiene standards “.