Today is the day that most of us have been waiting for! It is finally the reopening of Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure. Join us at ITM, as we report live from the reopening and see how the resort is keeping Guests safe.
Buena Vista Street will be acting as an extension of Downtown Disney’s retail and dining area. That being said, Buena Vista Street will also only be offering select shopping and dining, therefore, none of the attractions inside Disney California Adventure are open. This is due to the fact that large theme parks, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, cannot resume operations until the state hits Tier 4 (Yellow/Minimal). You can read more about the state guidelines here.
As we have shared in previous reports, the park has already added some updates to comply with California state mandates. We have seen a hand-washing station placed just beyond the gated entrance. (There are more placed throughout the park as well.)
Today, one of our ITM reporters is at the Buena Vista Street reopening to see what other health and safety protocols have been put into place, as this area of the park opens amid the ongoing pandemic. DCA is offering hands-free hand sanitizing stations throughout all of Buena Vista Street and other areas as well.
Just before entering, Disney has set up temperature screenings to ensure all who enter are healthy before heading into DCA.
We know that masks are required throughout the Downtown Disney area. Now, there is more signage depicting required masks and other required safety signage before entering DCA’s Buena Vista Street.
Also, on the screens around the ticket booths, which usually display ticket and Annual Pass options and prices, are displaying health and safety protocol and COVID-19 warnings.
As we have seen throughout the Downtown Disney District, there are plenty of floor markers promoting safe and social distancing in line to get into the park. As seen in the photo below, everyone in line is a safe distance away from others in line which promotes safe social distancing.
Cast Members are all along the queue reminding Guests of where to stand and to be mindful of keeping safe distances from others.
There is also plenty of safe space throughout the dining areas, as well as seating areas indicating where Guests may or may not sit in order to comply with the physical distancing measures. Parties should be six feet apart from each other.
Also, for SmokeJumpers Grill, mobile ordering is available to help maintain safe dining and low crowds in dining areas.
It was also great to see Cast Members helping to maintain health and safety measures by cleaning, sanitizing and enforcing health and safety protocol.
Cast Members are even taking more precautions by sanitizing register and pay areas.
As we reported earlier, during Disney’s Q4 fiscal earnings report, the company was sure to let everyone know that they are willing to comply with state health and safety measures and pay any amount to update their parks to reflect that. Disney stated:
As our businesses reopen we have incurred, and will continue to incur, additional costs to address government regulations and implement safety measures for our employees, talent and guests. The timing, duration and extent of these costs will depend on the timing and scope of the resumption of our operations. We currently estimate these costs may total approximately $1 billion in fiscal 2021. Some of these costs may be capitalized and amortized over future periods.
In all, it’s great to know that the Disneyland Resort has Guests and Cast Members’ health and safety at the forefront.