On Wednesday, March 17, following a year-long closure, The Walt Disney Company confirmed that the theme parks of the Disneyland Resort will reopen on April 30!
The Anaheim, California theme park was originally scheduled to reopen on July 17, 2020, it’s 65th Anniversary. However, due to the state of California’s COVID-19 guidelines, that date was pushed back.
On March 5, 2020, however, California Governor Gavin Newsom and health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced a “Blueprint refresh” that allowed for all theme parks in the State of California to begin reopening in tier 2 of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The reopening date of Disneyland Resort theme parks was shared by Disney CEO Bob Chapek on CNBC:
NEW: Disneyland to reopen on April 30, Disney CEO Bob Chapek tells CNBC https://t.co/QvjOORKdCF
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 17, 2021
Disney Parks Blog confirmed the news shortly after, sharing the following announcement:
After being closed for more than one year, magic is finally returning to the Disneyland Resort theme parks! Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, with limited capacity.
You’ll soon be welcomed back to enjoy unforgettable attractions, see beloved Disney friends, shop for the latest merchandise, savor the world-famous food and drinks, capture fun photos and cherish special magical moments.
Disney also shared the following details regarding the phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort hotels:
Guests will also have the opportunity to stay in the middle of the magic as the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort plan to welcome guests once again, with a phased reopening. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, with limited capacity. Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.
Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure theme park closed on March 14, 2020. Disneyland is the only one of Disney’s six global theme park properties that has not reopened. The Downtown Disney District did, however, begin its phased reopening process on July 9, 2020.
Since then, Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street has partially reopened for shopping and dining only and the brand new Star Wars Trading Post retail establishment took over Downtown Disney’s old Rainforest Cafe building.
Leading up to the reopening announcement, Disney confirmed that a food and shopping event called A Touch of Disney will occur from March 18 through April 18 at DCA.
We will continue to update Inside the Magic with more Disneyland Resort reopening news as it becomes available. The ITM team is so excited to return to the magic of Disneyland with you!
Are you a former Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder? Are you looking forward to the official reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure?
This article has been updated since it was originally published.