On Friday, Anaheim’s Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park again welcomed guests for the first time since closing almost a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek was on hand to mark the occasion, participating in the park’s daily ceremony to raise the American flag. Former Disney CEO, and current executive chairperson, Bob Iger was also on-site, reportedly snapping photos of guests arriving at Disneyland.
Both parks are still dealing with restrictions—capacity is significantly limited to comply with California state requirements and allow for physical distancing and only California residents are allowed in for the moment (guests have to bring proof of residence in order to get in)— but the news marks another step towards the restoration of normalcy for the U.S. travel and tourism industries.
Returning guests will also be greeted with some improvements and updates that Disney made during its year-long absence—the reimagined Snow White's Enchanted Wish opens to guests for the very first time; the Haunted Mansion has also been updated; and King Arthur's Carrousel has been refurbished.
To enter a park, guests above the age of 3-years-old will need both a park reservation and a valid theme park ticket. A Disney account is also required to make theme park reservations. At the parks, face coverings are a requirement for all guests over the age of 2-years-old and guests will have to undergo temperature screenings prior to entering the parks.
The most up-to-date health and safety requirements can be found here.
The resort’s hotels are also on the way to a full reopening—Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened at limited capacity on April 29; Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopened on May 2; and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.