The Magic Begins Again with Disneyland’s Reopening

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A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is shown in front of the Cinderella Castle at Disneyland.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the end of 2019, many businesses and establishments have temporarily closed. This includes Disneyland, which shut down in March 2020. After almost a year of closure, it is now having a grand reopening, but the magical experience will not be the same as it was before.

The park will be open only to California residents in groups no larger than three households, as capacity is limited to 25% to allow for social distancing. Masks are also required for guests aged 2 and older.

According to nytimes.com, “Many signature offerings have been nixed in the name of coronavirus safety — no parades, fireworks or hugs with walkaround characters. The Matterhorn bobsleds and Jungle Cruise are also closed.”

Safety features have been added to Disneyland as well, such as hand sanitizer stations, places for temperature checks, and plexiglass around cashier areas of kiosks. Cast members are also required to wipe down handrails, tops of walls, and any areas people may sit or lean on.
In addition, dining has changed with indoor seating no longer available and a rule put in place that states that guests must be stationary when eating. This means that there is no more snacking allowed while waiting in line for rides or walking around the park. Also, guests are encouraged to use debit, credit, or gift cards when purchasing food or merchandise.

The new alterations have not held back Disney fans though, with tickets being sold out through mid-June, as seen in the park’s online registration program. There is more availability in California Adventure though for those who are interested.

As time passes and things begin to slowly go back to normal, rules and restrictions for Disneyland may be lifted, but for now the reopening will continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by park goers.

“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.” according to disneyland.disney.go.com.

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