Disneyland Parks in US to reopen July 17

When asked about the reopening, Chewbacca made a throaty gargle noise.
When asked about the reopening, Chewbacca made a throaty gargle noise. Photo credit: Getty

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen on July 17, the Walt Disney Company has confirmed.

It will be part of a staggered reopening of all Disney attractions in the US including Disneyland Resort, Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney District which have opening dates spread throughout July. 

Disneyland in Anaheim, Los Angeles usually welcomes 50,000 guests through its gates every day, but due to physical distancing, the number of people allowed in will be significantly reduced.

The news of the reopening will be welcomed by Star Wars fans. The park's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction opened just over a year ago, but that may feel like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: a pre-COVID-19 world.

And restrictions there will be.

Disneyland Parks in US to reopen July 17
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To manage attendance, the park is introducing a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to apply online for access to the park in advance.

There will be a lack of the usual pomp and fanfare with parades and night-time shows unlikely to return for some time.

The park's most famous residents including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Darth Vader and Chewbacca will also be remaining in isolation away from park visitors.

Until COVID-19, Disneyland had only ever closed for three days in its entire history.

It closed for the national day of mourning after John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and following the devastating Northridge Earthquake in 1994. The parks also closed on September 11, 2001.


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