We just received the news today that Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, and two of Disneyland Resort’s onsite hotels will be reopening this July.
As Disney made the announcement in a press release sent via email and a message from Disneyland Resort Public Relations Director Michael Ramirez on Disney Parks Blog, current Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro penned a letter sharing his heartfelt sentiments for the original Disney park finally reopening its gates after being closed for nearly three months so far.
You can read the full letter below:
With the announcement of the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort, we are one more exciting step closer to reopening all of our Disney parks and experiences around the world. Throughout the past few weeks, we have reopened Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Springs and several Disney stores, and set dates for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with more announcements coming soon.
We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach. As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic.
We’re fortunate to be guided by a talented team of professionals who’ve helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These are designed with both the cast and guests in mind for the unique environments of each of our parks, resorts and stores.
While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day.
My confidence comes in part from all of the hard work our teams have been doing behind the scenes in the past few months… as well as by the early successes we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, the first of our theme parks to reopen. Guest satisfaction has been extremely high, and we will continue to make sure that as we bring back experiences, our attention to promoting your safety, maintaining your trust and providing unique ways for you to come together with family and friends to create new memories remains high as well.
Walt Disney once said that it takes people to make the dream a reality, and as we prepare ourselves to reopen his original park, I want you to know how eternally grateful I am for all of you who have made Disney parks, stores, hotels, cruise lines, guided tours and vacation properties part of your lives, as well as for the cast members, crew members, Imagineers, and employees who have brought them to life for the past 65 years.
I know this has been a difficult year due to the impacts of COVID-19, but I can’t help but feel a great sense of hope and optimism. And like many of you, I look forward to hearing the laughter and seeing the joy of families making memories together… and I can’t wait to see you when the magic returns to all of our parks and resorts.
D’Amaro even shared a post to his Instagram page:
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I am so excited about today's news announcing the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort! July 17 is such a special day for so many… myself included. I can't wait to see you soon… and to watch as our Cast and Guests come together and make magic once again! #disneyland #welcome #reopening @disneyparksblog #cometogether
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest information on Disneyland Resort’s reopening plans.