When Disneyland reopened on April 30 after its historic 412-day closure, Orange County, where Disneyland is located, was in the Blueprint For a Safer Economy orange tier — tier 3. Being in the orange tier meant that both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure would be allowed to operate at 25% capacity, with an indoor dining capacity of 25% and with restrictions on attraction capacity, as well.
Today, Orange County officials announced that Orange County has met the qualifications to enter the least restrictive COVID-19 reopening tier — tier 3, also known as the yellow tier. It is the final tier Orange County can enter before all restrictions can be lifted in the county. Orange County’s move into the orange tier, and potentially the yellow tier, comes as COVID-19 cases decrease and vaccinations increase, both county-wide and state-wide.
The City of Anaheim made the announcement on social media with the following post:
With new state data out today, Orange County now meets criteria for yellow Tier 4, the least restrictive in the state’s reopening framework.
Our current positivity rate is 1 percent, the average daily case rate is 1.8 and the health equity positivity rate is 1.4 percent.If trends hold, we could see the county move to the yellow tier by the end of the month.Some key changes for the yellow tier:*Bars: indoors at 25% capacity*Indoor live events, Honda Center: 10% capacity, or 50% if all guests show a negative test result or proof of vaccination*Angels Baseball: 67% capacity*Disneyland theme parks: 35% capacity, indoor dining at 50%This is great progress in our continuing effort to fight COVID, and reflects the effectiveness of vaccines in our community.It also moves us further ahead in reopening, as we head toward June 15, when we’ll be able to largely return to normal with masks, testing and vaccines thanks to the state’s Beyond the Blueprint plan.
You can read more at Anaheim.net/reopening.
With new state data out today, Orange County now meets criteria for yellow Tier 4, the least restrictive in the state's…
Since we initially published this article, the City of Anaheim posted the following update to share that Orange County actually only needs to meet the yellow tier criteria for the next week in order to hopefully move from tier 3 to tier 4:
UPDATE: we’ve confirmed the state has given Orange County credit for one week meeting yellow tier criteria. So if we hold for one more week, we potentially could move somewhere around May 19.
So, if Orange County continues to meet the yellow tier requirements, they will likely officially be able to move into tier 3 before the end of the month. According to the post on the City of Anaheim Facebook page, the following changes can be made in the yellow tier:
- Bars can operate indoors at 25% capacity.
- Indoor live events and the Honda Center can operate at 10% capacity, or 50% capacity if all Guests show a negative test result or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Angels Baseball can welcome fans at 67% capacity.
- Disneyland Resort theme parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park) can operate at 35% capacity, with indoor dining at 50% capacity. You can read more about theme park guidelines for each tier here.
Disneyland has not made any official announcement about potentially being able to allow more Guests into their theme parks in a matter of weeks. The Disneyland Resort website currently states:
As we prepared for this phased reopening, we made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.
While it may be different from the last time you visited, together we can find new ways to create magical moments—and memories to treasure.
Disneyland Resort has been an active participant in helping Orange County move into less restrictive tiers and making Disneyland, Disneyland California Adventure, and Downtown Disney safe places to visit. Disneyland’s Toy Story parking lot had been a COVID-19 vaccination site up until the theme park’s reopening. Disneyland Resort officials have also announced that beginning May 13, Disneyland will offer free vaccinations to over 15,000 Cast Members and their families at two locations on Disneyland property.
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This article has been updated since it was originally published.