Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen with limited capacity on April 30th after being closed for more than a year due tothe entertainment giant said on Wednesday.
Only California residents will be admitted to the theme parks for the time being, while Disney continues to follow state health and safety protocols. Californians interested in visiting the parks will have to use a new reservation system, and Disney has not yet released the booking details. Attractions that draw large crowds, such as parades and nightly fireworks, will be suspended when the parks reopen.
Some Disneyland Hotels will reopen on April 29th with limited capacity. Disney plans to reopen the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on May 2nd and the Paradise Pier Hotel later this year.
However, Disneyland hoped to welcome customers back to its parks this past Julyafter state officials tightened reopening guidelines. “The day we’ve all been waiting for is almost here,” said Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, in a statement on Wednesday.
“We’re excited to see more than 10,000 performers return to work as we prepare to welcome our guests back to this happy place,” added Potrock
The Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando have been open since July. These parks have been operating for months because Florida eased its reopening restrictions last summer and lifted them entirely in September. California officialsEarlier this month on how theme parks like Disneyland and outdoor sports stadiums can reopen.
Disneyland expects to attract enough guests to make a profit despite capacity constraints, CEO Bob Chapek told CNBC.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to create magic for our guests and get our cast back to work and help the Anaheim area affiliates who depend heavily on Disneyland for livelihoods,” said Chapek. “It will be a great opportunity for us to bring that magic back to everyone involved.”
California theme parks have been closed since last March, with the exception of limited capacity food events like the Taste of Boysenberry at Knott’s Berry Farm and a “Touch of Disney” slated for later this month.