Although Disney World was able to open in July of 2020, Disneyland has been unable to open because of the strict guidelines the state of California set for theme parks to be able to open. Now, California has released updated theme park reopening guidelines as the biggest theme parks in Southern California prepare to reopen.
Large theme parks in Southern California are officially allowed to reopen on April 1st, which is coming up soon. Today, the state of California released their COVID-19 guidance for theme parks. The following guidelines are across all tiers. One of the guidelines is that the theme park must develop a program that allows for optional testing for employees on a weekly basis.
Another aspect of the guidelines is that indoor rides must be limited to no more than 15 minutes. Additionally, all queues for attractions or rides must be outdoors, and there should be plexiglass installed to ensure that there is at least six feet between groups. Most attraction in Disney World have some form of plexiglass either in the queue or on the ride vehicle itself.
Also regarding rides, household members should be boarded in the same vehicle if possible, and passengers from different households should continue to be at least six feet apart. Loading patterns for ride vehicles may need to be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing.
We already spotted Cast Members measuring near the Incredicoaster today in Disney California Adventure.
Similarly to Disney World, face coverings are mandatory unless actively eating or drinking, and guests who do not comply will be asked to leave.
There are specific guidelines for performers as well. Performers are not required to wear a face covering during their performance if it is not feasible. However, unmasked performers must be six feet away from any other people. All unmasked performers must take a COVID-19 test at least twice per week if they come into close contact with other performers who are also unmasked.
The guidelines also state that guests are only allowed to eat and drink in designated areas. Just like in Disney World, guests cannot eat or drink while waiting for an attraction. Concession areas must provide additional shaded eating areas for guests. Face coverings must be made available to guests who lose them on rides.
Remember, only California residents will be allowed to visit Disneyland upon its reopening. According to the guidelines, information will be placed on all communications which includes the reservation and ticketing systems. When guests purchase tickets or make a reservation, the park operators must get proof that the guests’ party size does not exceed 3 households, and that each member of the party is an in-state visitor.
Some of these guidelines are similar to what we have seen in Disney World, and some are brand new. We’ll be on the lookout for more information regarding the reopening of the Disneyland theme parks, so stay tuned for more information.
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