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.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting any update about a possible reopening of the theme parks at Disneyland Resort.
Under the current California theme park reopening guidelines, Orange County — where Disneyland is located — must reach the lowest (yellow) tier in California’s system. Most recently, the county had remained in the red (3rd) tier, but today that has changed.
On October 20th, the state of California released its reopening guidelines.
Although Disneyland has not released a reopening date yet, we can’t help but wonder what the west coast parks will look like when they do reopen. Based on the guidelines, this is what we expect Disneyland’s reopening to look like for guests!
Under the current theme park reopening guidelines released by the state of California, Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park are not able to reopen just yet.
Orange County, where they are located, needs to reach the Yellow risk tier, and it is currently in the Red risk tier (two tiers above yellow). Some have even stated that they expect Disneyland may not be able to reopen until the summer of 2021. But, that isn’t stopping Disneyland from taking steps to get their parks ready.
Yesterday, California’s theme park reopening guidelines were announced, revealing that the Disneyland Resort theme parks, and all other “larger” theme parks in California, cannot reopen until the county in which they are located reaches the “minimal” tier under the State’s reopening plans.
Disneyland’s President has already noted that the guidelines will keep the park closed “for the foreseeable future,” and others have called the guidelines a “keep theme parks closed indefinitely plan.” But, it seems some California theme parks won’t simply be settling for these guidelines. Instead, some are now considering pursuing legal action.
But, official theme park reopening guidelines have not been issued by California officials yet.
The Disneyland Resort theme parks have been closed for several months now.
Although the California government’s theme park reopening guidelines were set to be issued last week, they were later postponed following pushback from several sources.
Theme park reopening guidelines were set to be issued by California this week, but the release was ultimately postponed following some pushback from Disneyland and others who urged the state not to finalize the guidelines without their input.
Now, the Mayor of the City of Anaheim, the city where Disneyland is located, is chiming in as well.
The Disneyland Resort and the state of California have been at a bit of an impasse over the past few weeks as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are the only Disney theme parks in the world that remain closed due to the global health crisis.
The reopening plan for the resort relies on the release of guidelines from the California Government and Disney has been pushing for this guidance. Now, it looks like it may be a little longer before the guidelines are released.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park still don’t have an official reopening date set.
For quite some time, several individuals and groups including Disney officials, California legislators, a trade association leader who represents Disneyland and others, and more have called on Governor Newsom to issue the theme park reopening guidelines that these locations need to properly reopen.