Only 15 Minutes Indoors? New Rules May Impact Disneyland Rides

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It’s no secret that when the Disneyland Resort reopens its theme parks on April 30, it definitely won’t be the same kind of magic everyone is used to.

After the State of California revised the reopening strategy for theme parks, and with the progress Orange County and Los Angeles County have made, larger theme parks and smaller theme parks in California are allowed to reopen as early as April 1, but not without a very strict set of guidelines from government officials.

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State Guidelines For Disneyland Reopening

Each California theme park must abide by these reopening guidelines throughout its phased reopening. Here are some of the major points that will dictate much of the direction in which Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will operate in sunny Southern California.

  • Starting April 1, state officials are allowing theme parks to reopen when the county that the theme park resides in reaches tier 2 (red tier.)
  • Theme parks located in counties in tier 3 can operate at 25% capacity.
  • For now, visitors can only be California residents.
  • Mandatory face coverings will continue as it has been a statewide mandate.
  • Indoor capacity is limited to 25% in tier 3.
  • Indoor attractions will only be able to operate at 25% with outdoor attractions having fewer restrictions.
  • Indoor attractions can only last a maximum duration of 15 minutes, and queues also must remain outdoors. These rules are in place no matter what tier the county is in.

Note that these are the regulations that apply to theme parks operating in tier 3, as Orange County is set to enter tier 3 this week.

We are already expecting longer wait times for some of the indoor attractions that can only operate at 15% capacity. With queues taking up more outdoor space, it is also possible that we could see more virtual queues coming to the Anaheim Disney Parks since that has been recommended by state officials, although Disneyland Resort hasn’t announced that this will happen yet.

But, could these newer guidelines — with the 15-minute maximum indoor duration for rides — change the actual experience of some Disneyland attractions?

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Disneyland Attractions That Could Be Affected

It is good to note that there hasn’t been any Disneyland official statement yet as to how these guidelines will exactly be managed inside the parks. So far, Disneyland Resort has not yet confirmed whether there are any attractions at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure that will be modified or that will not open with the first phase of reopening. But rest assured that we will continue to update as more news comes out.

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Not too many attractions come to mind as ones that have the possibility of hitting the 15-minute mark indoors, but there are a few that Disney fans are concerned they won’t be able to experience. Star Wars fans are particularly worried about not being able to ride Rise of the Resistance. We’ve been able to watch how Walt Disney World has handled their phased reopening. The Florida Disney Parks included some changes to pre-shows or interactive queues like making them walkthrough only.

There’s a chance we could see changes like the elimination of pre-shows, social distancing added to seating for attractions like the Enchanted Tiki Room, and other modifications depending on whether the attraction is already nearing the 15-minute mark, the attraction has one or more pre-show elements, and/or a large portion of the attraction queue is indoors. So, here are some attractions that we may see modified when Disneyland Resort reopens its theme parks:

Disneyland Park

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
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Disney California Adventure Park

  • Animation Academy
  • The Bakery Tour
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Soarin’ Around The World
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Again, keep in mind that Disney has not yet clarified which attractions will be modified upon reopening. However, we do have some good news.

Cast Members for the following attractions have already returned to work, indicating that these rides will be available in some capacity upon reopening:

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Disney has also mentioned that these rides will be available upon reopening (though keep in mind that this was released before the guidelines were finalized, so operations may change):

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Inside Out: Emotional Whirlwind
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
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Disney fans are still waiting to find out how they can get their hands on a Disneyland ticket and park reservation. When you do, it’s always a good idea to use your Disneyland app to stay up to date with attraction wait times, your dining reservations, and much more!

Is there an attraction you’re worried you won’t be able to experience with these state guidelines? Let us know what your thoughts!

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