State officials say that Disneyland Resort and other theme parks in California can reopen in stage 3 of Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan. This means Disneyland and Disney California Adventure could reopen in a matter of weeks.
The OC Register reports today that Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and other California theme parks — including Universal Studios Hollywood — are allowed to reopen during stage 3 of Gov. Newsom’s four-stage roadmap for reopening California’s economy.
Prior to today, we did not know if theme parks would be allowed to reopen in stage 3 or stage 4. But now, it has been confirmed that California theme parks are considered among the “higher risk” businesses and gatherings that will be allowed to reopen in stage 3 as long as they take proper health and safety protocol and limit capacity/gathering size.
California Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Kate Folmar said today that theme parks are slated to open in stage 3 if the rate of spread of the virus and hospitalizations remain stable.
And according to Gov. Newsom, California could move to stage 3 in June, although no specific date for the beginning of stage 3 has been given.
“Phase 3 is not a year away. It’s not six months away. It’s not even three months away. It may not even be more than a month away,” Newsom said during a daily press briefing a couple weeks back. “We just want to make sure we have a protocol in place to secure customer safety, employee safety and allow the businesses to thrive in a way that is sustainable.”
Keep in mind that Disney has not announced a reopening date for Disneyland Resort. However, the confirmation that Disneyland has the governor’s permission gives many fans hope.
We also reported this week that Orange County, California, has now moved to a full stage 2 of reopening. This means that restaurants can open their dining rooms for in-person dining (instead of only being limited to takeout) as long as they limit capacity, and retail stores can open to in-store shopping. Since Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Orange County, California, we may get an announcement of a phased reopening of Downtown Disney soon. More on that here.
The health and safety measures in place at Shanghai Disneyland and Disney Springs may shed some light on what’s to come for Disneyland Resort. Read more about how Shanghai Disneyland is handling dated reservations here. For more information on Disney Springs social distancing policies and reopening protocol, click here.