Today, Disneyland Resort welcomed its Cast Members back to Disneyland Park for a special soft opening where they got to experience the fun of The Happiest Place on Earth before it opens to California residents on April 30. The magic is back at Disneyland and there was only one option for who would open up gates — the one who started it all, Mickey Mouse.
Disneyland President Ken Potrock shared an emotional post on his Instagram page:
Look who stopped by to open the gate at Disneyland Park… the “big cheese” himself, Mickey Mouse! Kris and I had an amazing morning welcoming our Cast and their guests back. It’s exciting to meet more Cast Members and it feels great to hear laughter in the park once again!
The opening comes after a historic Disney theme park closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland Resort not only gave its Cast Members a special theme park soft opening but also hosted a ceremony to honor the Cast Members who work so hard to make Disneyland the wonderful place that it is.
Potrock posted the following about the ceremony, that was also held at Disneyland:
Last week we held a very special ceremony for seven of our Cast Members who are celebrating 50 years of service with the Disneyland Resort, and one who is celebrating 55 years – just incredible!
It was a true honor to thank them personally for their passion and commitment — and we were excited to invite them and their families to be the first to ride the newly reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish attraction.
The Cast Members you see every day are the fabric and heart of the Disneyland Resort. Thank you to all of them for bringing the magic to life at the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
As previously stated, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will officially reopen to the public on April 30. Reservations quickly sold out and both theme parks will be at their limited 25% capacity on grand reopening day. The theme park is scheduled to open at 9 a.m., but the Micky & Friends and Pixar parking structures will open at 6 a.m. to allow Guests to be able to line up at the gates before opening.
At this time, Disneyland will only be open to California residents. There will also be new theme park safety guidelines that Guests will have to follow, including compulsory face masks for every Guest over 2.
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