Disneyland Celebrates 65th Birthday By Reopening The Parks

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Happy 65th birthday, Disneyland!  It looks like we’ll be celebrating this milestone by reopening the park gates to the public for the first time since it shut down back in March due to the ongoing pandemic.

That’s right, guys.  Disneyland will be opening the same week as Walt Disney World.  I was wrong with my prediction a few days ago that it’d likely be closed through summer.  This is their time table, per the Disney Parks Blog:

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.

My proposed travel date to Disneyland this year was going to be July 13th, so it’ll still be closed on that date anyway.  I won’t be attending this summer, however, because the idea of wearing a mask in the hot hot sun just sounds miserable to me.  I’m going to wait a while. 

But for those of you who do plan on going, please follow all the advice they give you to help prevent another outbreak.  The park will be opening with “advanced safety measures,” and while we haven’t received a detailed outline yet like we have for the Florida parks, we can assume it will be similar.  That means you’ll need to wear a mask, Karen. Just deal with it.

One thing to note is that both California and Florida have seen an increase in cases lately.  Both states have taken drastically different approaches to the pandemic, with California taking things slow and easy and Florida just jumping in feet first and hoping for the best.  The fact that both have increasing numbers is a bit alarming and could mean a mid-July opening date is too optimistic for either park, but we’ll see. 

Author: Angel Wilson

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