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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Plan to Reopen on July 17th; Downtown Disney July 9th, 2020

Hi everyone –

The Disneyland Resort is poised for a phased reopening pending state and local government approvals, with Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park planned to open on July 17th – Disneyland’s birthday. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plans to reopen on July 23, and  Downtown Disney District will begin to reopen on July 9th, 2020. No opening date has been announced for the Disneyland Hotel.


Photo by Denise Preskitt

Theme park capacity will be “significantly limited” to comply with government requirements and for social distancing purposes. Disneyland Resort will have a new theme park reservation system to manage attendance. Annual Passholders and all other guests will need to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance and will be subject to availability. More details will be announced soon.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals. Additional details will be available soon. Please check Disneyland.com for the most current information.

The Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures and a Guest Experience Team to assist guests with the new policies.

Not everything will open with Disneyland. Some experiences that draw larger group gatherings, including the fantastic (and very new) “Magic Happens” parade and nighttime spectaculars will return at a later date. Characters will be in the parks in new ways “to entertain and delight guests” but not meeting guests as they did before for the time being.

Disney also says, “Pending governmental approval, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club.”

When Downtown Disney begins reopening on July 9th, it will be in line with the state’s reopening guidelines. Look to how Disney Springs has been reopening to inform on Downtown Disney. There will be operational changes implemented on guidance from health authorities and social distance, cleanliness and more.

Disney says that, “These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as the Disneyland Resort monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities.”

Here is the message Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products wrote on the Disney Parks Blog today:


With the announcement of the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort, we are one more exciting step closer to reopening all of our Disney parks and experiences around the world.  Throughout the past few weeks, we have reopened Shanghai DisneylandDisney Springs and several Disney stores, and set dates for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with more announcements coming soon.

We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach.  As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic.

We’re fortunate to be guided by a talented team of professionals who’ve helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These are designed with both the cast and guests in mind for the unique environments of each of our parks, resorts and stores.

While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day.  

My confidence comes in part from all of the hard work our teams have been doing behind the scenes in the past few months… as well as by the early successes we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, the first of our theme parks to reopen. Guest satisfaction has been extremely high, and we will continue to make sure that as we bring back experiences, our attention to promoting your safety, maintaining your trust and providing unique ways for you to come together with family and friends to create new memories remains high as well.

Walt Disney once said that it takes people to make the dream a reality, and as we prepare ourselves to reopen his original park, I want you to know how eternally grateful I am for all of you who have made Disney parks, stores, hotels, cruise lines, guided tours and vacation properties part of your lives, as well as for the cast members, crew members, Imagineers, and employees who have brought them to life for the past 65 years.  

I know this has been a difficult year due to the impacts of COVID-19, but I can’t help but feel a great sense of hope and optimism. And like many of you, I look forward to hearing the laughter and seeing the joy of families making memories together… and I can’t wait to see you when the magic returns to all of our parks and resorts. 

Be well,