If you're a Disneyphile like myself, your Disneyland annual pass has been burning a hole in your wallet. Both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure park have been closed for over three months since their initial shutter back on March 14th, 2020.
In Disneyland's 65+ year history, the COVID-19-induced closures mark one of only six times the park has ever had an unscheduled close time, the last of which being in 2001 following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Today, a glimmer of hope shown through -- Disney has announced their proposed reopening plans for the Southern California-based parks.
As a Disneyland fan, I been longing for lazy days at the park, pummeling through food, getting drunk around California Adventure and falling asleep on the Pirate's of the Caribbean. With no immediate end to "COVID-19" in sight, it seems Disneyland has found what they believe the minimum viable product in a reopen would look like. Here's a recap of what we know:
- Theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements
- Attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system (even Annual Passholders must reserve their spot to enter the park)
- There will be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales/renewals
- Parades and nighttime spectaculars will not be available on reopen -- they will return at a later date not yet announced
- Character meet-and-greets won't be happening, but Characters will be roaming the park in unexplained "new ways to entertain and delight guests"
All other information is still under wraps and has yet to be announced, including details surrounding the enhanced cleaning, health and safety measures throughout the park.
No word on how the food courts will look like either -- but assuming if they're open at all, they'll likely take pre-packaged measures akin to how Wholefoods' hot and cold bars currently look like (pre-portioned instead of scoop-and-serve).