It has just been announced that Disneyland Resort will be a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in the very near future.
Local Southern California news source the Orange County Register reported on Monday evening that thousands of locals will soon be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at Disneyland Resort theme park destination amid the ongoing pandemic.
“The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD (point-of-dispensing) site – undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” acting Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do said in a news release, according to OC Register.
The vaccination site on Disneyland property will open later this week. It will serve people who live or work in Orange County and are at the top tier of the state’s priority list, which includes most frontline healthcare workers. Vaccinations will only be provided by appointment only.
“I’m proud to have Disneyland Resorts and the City of Anaheim, both in my Fourth District, be the first of the Super POD sites in Orange County,” said Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee in a press release, according to Los Angeles Fox News affiliate, Fox 11. “Residents in my district have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus.”
At the time of this article’s initial publication, it wasn’t clear where the vaccine site will be located on Disneyland Resort property or how it will operate or whether it will affect current Disneyland Resort operations (which include shopping and select to-go dining options within the Downtown Disney District and, by extension, Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure).
News editor at InPark Magazine Joe Kleiman (@themedreality) reported on Twitter that the vaccine distributions will take place at the Toy Story parking lot, which is located just a few blocks from the actual theme park entrances.
The theme parks are not being used for the vaccine administration. the SuperPOD site is being set up in the Toy Story parking lot, which is physically separate from the rest of the Disneyland Resort.
— Joe Kleiman (@ThemedReality) January 12, 2021
Most workers who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Disneyland Resort will be notified by their employers and will be able to make an appointment through an app that the county helped develop. More information about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Orange County — where Disneyland Resort is located — can be found here.
The news of the Disneyland Resort COVID-19 vaccination site comes the same day as California Governor Gavin Newsom‘s announcement that mass vaccination sites will begin to open this week.
“Our goal continues to be fast, equitable, and safe vaccinations statewide,” Gov. Newsom shared on Twitter today.
NEW: CA will be opening mass vaccination sites this week including Dodgers Stadium, Padres Stadium, and CalExpo.
Our goal continues to be fast, equitable, and safe vaccinations statewide.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 11, 2021
Since we initially published this article, Disneyland has provided an update. The Disney Parks News account on Twitter shared a message from Dr. Pamela Hymel, as well as a map of the Toy Story parking lot to show where the vaccine distributions will take place in relation to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks.
Here is what Disney shared on Tuesday, January 12:
“Disneyland Resort is proud to help support Orange County and the City of Anaheim with the use of our parking lot, and we are grateful for all of their efforts to combat COVID-19 after a year in which so many in our community have faced unprecedented hardship and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism with the administration of a vaccine.” – Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
"…After a year in which so many in our community have faced unprecedented hardship and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism with the administration of a vaccine.” – Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) January 13, 2021
Disneyland Resort currently has a health and safety campaign in place in order to encourage those in Southern California to abide by local regulations and help slow the spread of COVID-19.
As a reminder, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park remain closed for the time being amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Disneyland website, Downtown Disney hours will continue to be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, so operations will continue as they have been amid the stay-at-home order.
We will continue to update Inside the Magic with the latest information on Disneyland Resort operation (including the theme parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney District) as it is released.