For those Arizonans who are eager to feel the Southern California sun and visit the house of mouse, hope is on the horizon. Disneyland has announced they will open soon.
As Disneyland prepares to reopen after closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the theme park revealed its safety guidelines for guests.
Disneyland Resort plans to reopen Disneyland and sister theme park Disney’s California Adventure on July 17, one week after Walt Disney World plans to reopen in Florida. Anaheim, California’s Downtown Disney District is set to reopen July 9. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will open July 23, pending state and local government approval.
What can guests expect? In addition to following state and local guidelines, the park will have “enhanced health and safety measures,” including the following:
- Mandatory face coverings for cast members and guests.
- Hand-washing stations and physical barriers, where appropriate.
- Reduced theme park capacity to enable physical distancing.
- Signs to help guests “move responsibly throughout the property.”
- Temperature checks on all guests before they enter the Downtown Disney District or the theme parks.
- Health screenings and temperature checks daily for cast members.
- Cashless transactions are recommended, and mobile orders are being expanded to reduce cast member and guest interactions.
- Parades, nighttime shows and meet-and-greets with Disney characters will not resume immediately. Characters will roam the parks, though.
Disney World announced its reopening plans in late May and plans to reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios on July 15.
Visitors to the Florida theme parks will encounter similar health and safety measures as those announced for Disney Parks in California.
Disney World will enforce social distancing and face mask requirements with a “social-distancing squad,” consisting of Disney cast members.
Disney World released an enhanced health acknowledgment on its website, which explains that by entering the park, guests confirm they do not have COVID-19 symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell and more.
Guests must not be under “any self-quarantine orders” nor have been “in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine.”
“Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria must not enter Walt Disney World Resort,” the acknowledgment says.
Click here to learn more from Disneyland’s website.