Though the local county is progressing when it comes to a reopening timeline, we’re still waiting for news when it comes to Disneyland.
Disneyland Resort is located in Orange County, California, and Orange County has just moved from the Widespread tier to the Substantial tier.
While this may not affect the Disneyland theme parks reopening timeline, it definitely does not hurt it. It could potentially bring some more good news for Downtown Disney as it could potentially bring back indoor dining at a limited capacity. Downtown Disney District is currently operating with outdoor dining along with other health and safety measures.
Orange County Moves to Substantial Tier
From the chart on the “Blueprint to a Safer Economy” guidelines that California is currently operating on, we can see that Orange County has taken a step forward in reopening some of their businesses.
The Orange County reported that the COVID-19 positivity case rate has lowered from 5.0% to 4.2%. Though some non-essential businesses are to remain closed, some of the lower risk operations that can put in proper health and safety measures can reopen. Based on the size of the space and being able to maintain physical distance from one party to another, some indoor operations can start to open up with a limited capacity.
NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Your county will be assigned a color based on:
– Case rate
– Positivity rate
Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 28, 2020
Disneyland Theme Parks Not Under Four Tier Guidelines
California Governor Gavin Newsom has repeatedly over the last few weeks said that California is actively working on the reopening plans for Disneyland and other theme parks in the state. Some people may say that it is too much of a risk to reopen Disneyland, but as can be seen from Governor Newsom’s quote below, the state won’t allow for theme parks to reopen unless it’s in a safe manner.
“[Conversations] are ongoing, just as a reminder, for theme parks, amusement parks, and the like. There’s still many areas where we are open-ended in terms of our negotiation, making progress and advancing in the same space, getting closer to concluding when and how to safely reopen those sectors.”
The state is still working on guidelines as to when and how Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will reopen, but it doesn’t look like they will be operating under the same four tier guideline that the California counties are reopening businesses under.
We’ll continue to update Inside the Magic as more information regarding Disneyland reopening becomes available.