Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District is in full-on holiday mode! Beautiful and festive decorations are spread out through the district and holiday music fills the air. Although the Disneyland Resort is closed, Guests still have a bit of holiday magic to look forward to.
The Downtown Disney District has been safely operating since it began its phased reopening in August. Recently, the Resort welcomed the expansion of the area to include Disney California Adventure Park’s Buena Vista Street — for shopping and dining only.
The Resort is following all of Disney’s standard pandemic health and safety protocols, including social distancing measures and face mask requirements for Guests aged 2 and over, to keep the magic alive right now.
However, along with the absence of Disneyland’s hand-pulled candy canes, another Disney holiday tradition will be missing this year. In order to comply with Orange County’s current health and safety regulations — the county was recently put back into California’s most restrictive COVID-19 purple tier — Catal Restaurant will not be hosting their Breakfast with Santa event.
In a post on the restaurant’s Instagram account, Catal made an official announcement stating:
Due to the recent changes in tier status from red to purple for Orange County, all indoor dining has been prohibited. As a result, Breakfast With Santa 2020 at Catal Restaurant has unfortunately been canceled. Thank you for your understanding. The safety of our guests and team members remains our top priority and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
It is possible that they could do another event in its place with proper protocol and outdoor-only dining, but nothing of this sort has been announced by Disney or Catal Restuarant.
This is unfortunate, because this would have been the only opportunity for Guests to visit with Santa Claus at Downtown Disney this year. So, hopefully Disney can work something out to offer a safe Santa meet-and-greet for locals.
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