As Disneyland Resort announced plans for a phased reopening, Disney also shared some insight into the health and safety protocol that will be in place when the southern California Disney Resort reopens in July.
When Disneyland Resort reopens with Downtown Disney on July 9, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on July 17, and two of the Disney Resort hotels on July 23, here is what Guests can expect in terms of health and safety:
Enhanced Health and Safety Measures
As we prepare for this phased reopening, we’ve made some updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. These enhanced health and safety measures are designed to promote:
- Physical distancing
- Reduced contact
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Disney’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pam Hymel also released a statement last month sharing how Disney is preparing for theme parks (including Disneyland Resort) to reopen. Here are some of the measures that Hymel shared:
- Physical distancing and capacity measures: As you can imagine, managing guest density in queues, restaurants, hotels, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park and across the resort is a major focus, as we implement physical distancing guidelines based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. This will likely include implementation of guest capacity measures to comply with state and federal guidelines. We’re also exploring ways to use technology to aid us in these efforts, like with our Play Disney Parks App and through virtual queues at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
- Cleanliness and sanitization: We’re planning increased cleaning and disinfection, determining where that should take place (for example, in high-traffic areas), and the cleaning products and processes we’ll use.
- Screening and prevention support: We’ll follow guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures, including those related to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings. Some measures, like adding hand sanitizers and hand washing stations across our resorts, have already been implemented.
- Cast training: We’re further emphasizing our strong culture of health and safety amongst our cast members, and will continue to provide new training and reinforcement as we get closer to reopening.
So, what are upcoming Guests and Disneyland Resort fans saying about the health and safety protocol — specifically with regard to face coverings? And given how these measures (including the requirement of temperature checks, face coverings, and social distancing for all Guests and Cast Members) have been implemented at Disney World, what do Disneyland fans think?
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“Just wear a paper/cloth mask and wash your hands. Carry hand sanitizer for purposes of not being able to use soap and water at that moment,” one Inside the Magic reader commented in regard to those visiting Disneyland Resort after the theme parks reopen.
“I plan to go but if masks aren’t required it would make me think twice about it for sure,” another shared.
Another reader said that even if California loosens face mask requirements, Disneyland Resort can still require them, just like Disney World does: “Masks aren’t mandatory in FL but still being forced at WDW.”
But another was in favor of making face coverings optional at Disney Parks: ” If you get sick while not wearing a mask, then that’s your issue and not Disney’s.”
“I am sure it won’t happen, but no masks would be great! I would immediately cancel my WDW trip and book Disneyland!” someone said in regard to the possibility of Disneyland not requiring face masks (so far, the Disneyland Resort website hasn’t stated that face coverings are required for Guests, though many expect this statement soon).
Another said they canceled their trip to Florida and will be heading to California instead, even with a face covering requirement in place: “I had a trip planned to Disney World switched it to Disneyland. Figured if I have to wear a mask, I’d prefer California weather.”
“We refuse to spend thousands of dollars for a vacation to be required to wear masks. Guess it’ll be a while before we go back,” a reader commented.
Someone else said, “If you don’t wanna wear a mask at Disneyland, there’s actually a very simple solution. Don’t go to Disneyland.”
It’s clear that heading to the theme parks amid a pandemic is a controversial topic — so much so that a petition was even started to urge Disney to reconsider reopening Disneyland Resort at a later date.
We’ll continue to update Inside the Magic as more information regarding health and safety measures at Disneyland Resort becomes available.