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UPDATE: Disneyland Resort Proposes Plans to Begin Phased Reopening July 9, with Proposed Reopening of Theme Parks July 17

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

UPDATE 6/24/20: Our theme parks and resort hotels remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals. https://bit.ly/3drzzgh

Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, we are planning to open our theme park gates once again on July 17, 2020, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort

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.  

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. 

Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a Guest Experience Team will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new policies.

Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.

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. 

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. 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.

Disneyland holds a special place in the hearts of people around the world. It was created as a place where family members of all ages could have fun together – a place to “leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Sixty-five years later it still is.

It’s time for magic – and we look forward to welcoming you back. 


  • I don’t see any mention of the Disneyland Hotel. Is there a reason it would not be phased in as well?

  • What about the Disneyland Hotel and Trader Sam’s?

  • Hopefully masks will be required?

  • No mention of The Disneyland Hotel.

  • Will annual passes be extended as long as the reservation period is in effect as they are doing for annual pass holders for Shanghai Disney? I feel it’s only fair to follow the same protocol and extend the same niceties that are being extended to pass holders in other countries. Either that or extend the pass until the pass holder decides/feels safe enough to start using their pass again. More details would be greatly appreciated.

  • This is the best news!!!! I’m in!

  • I am not seeing anything about the Disneyland Hotel re opening. We have reservations for August 1-4 and I want to make sure I don’t need to change them.

  • Is there or will there be any information available for Annual Passholders regarding any kind of reduction/adjustment on the cost of the passes, since we won’t have the access not guaranteed, but definitely assumed, when we signed the contracts?

  • WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Will annual pass holders have priority to make reservations to visit the park when it reopens?

  • We were told that our passes would be credited the months you closed we weren’t allowed to renew so I have to passes that were locked will they be open again..

  • Are you reinstating the passes that are on hold as of July 17th or will the clock start back when the park gets running back to normal?

  • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  • “Finally they’re opening up the gates! There’ll be actual real live people, it’ll be totally strange. Wow am I so ready for this change! Cause for the first time in forever etc.”

    Anna from “Frozen”

    I’m sure you get the point.

  • The DVC reservation system has been gamed for a while, with people sliding their reservation by a day into times of higher demand, making honest people miss out.

    I truly hope that you implement a park admission reservation system that prevents that kind of gaming. We’ve already missed our vacation once and I can’t begin to tell you how we’d feel if we took our little kids on a flight, missing school and work, to find that we can’t get into the park because someone filled up the system before we had a chance.

  • Is the Disneyland Hotel not opening? If not, will guests booked there in August be moved to another Disney property?

  • when the park reopens, will the monthly pass holders from the beginning of this year continue to be charged? Just wondering because at this time I can not afford it because of loss of job and I don’t feel safe with the virus still lingering.

  • This is great news. When do you expect to release info about the reservation system? I’m curious because my family has already purchased park hopper passes September and I want to be sure that we get to make use of those passes (especially since we’ve paid for hotel already too. 🙂

  • When will SoCal Resident passes be good until? You closed when I still had 2/3 of my visits remaining. Will you make that clear when you release additional information? Thank you!

  • Will there be added dates to current pass holders due to the availability issues and technically You will be adding more black out dates if we can’t get a reservation on a pass type we didn’t have to do before.

  • Im curious if black out days still apply for Passholders when making reservations-

  • Hopefully mask wont be required?

  • I know I’m looking way ahead here but is there any changes to the Star Wars night at the end of August?

  • My So Cal Pass was only activated for 2 months when parked closed. I would rather be refunded my money and repurchase when park is back to normal.

  • Open up! You’ve never closed due to flu outbreaks, or other viral infections. It’s time to open. We will make our once a year trip – but will not visit if a mask is a requirement. Mask recommended or suggested I’m ok with that. But mandatory mask no way and I’m sad for your cast members that don’t have a choice. Orange county California has just reversed it’s policy on mandatory masks. If a person wants to wear one – go for it. That person will be protected.

  • I hope that if Disney has a rule about masks, it is that ALL GUESTS MUST WEAR THEM. I would not go if I was wearing one but others weren’t. I do not want to wear a mask, but far better than getting sick

  • I too have had to change my dates. Having just had neck surgery, I now need 90 days to heal so that I can ride a roller coaster. I bought the park hopper passes and they expire in November, so am hoping I can get myself and two grandchildren reserved so that I don’t miss out again. I was 6 days away from going when all was cancelled. Disneyland here we come. Wahoo!

  • Im looking forward to the future of Disneyland
    So many great memories
    Thank you

  • As a health care professional, I would like to thank you for your considerate steps in re-opening the parks and resorts even though my family is understanding that we may not be comng to Walt Disney World resorsts as we had hoped. Ironically, just a month prior to the COVID outbreak, we purcased additional points. The timing was not the best from both a financial perspective as well as a travel perspective but we believe in the magic of Disney as well as its history and believe we will be experiencing those magical moments soon and safely. Thank you for your updates and communications. Hoping to be in this magical place again, soon. Stay safe and stay healthy.

  • Hi I would like an answer as no one has responded to me. I was to come from Australia to America august 1 and bought Disneyland tickets. My family won’t be able to travel as borders are closed . Can I get a refund as we done know when we may be able to travel as we have 2 disabled children and want to travel when safe

  • I’m obviously going against the grain here on the official Disney Parks site, but I believe it should still be stated: It’s Too Early. Period. Virus infections state-wide continue to rise, quite notably in fact in Orange and Los Angeles counties, among others. Opening your gates before we have swift and effective solutions to treating new cases invites irresponsible, self centered park-goers who have and will continue to ignore social distancing guidelines, severely increasing the risk to themselves and others regardless of any cleaning regimen or safety considerations the park chooses to implement.

    I’d love to go to the park again. We bought 1 day tickets months ago with the intent of visiting this month, but I would rather have them expire and lose 400 bucks than risk my health or the health of my family just to ride a few rides.

    I sympathize with employees who have been furloughed or have otherwise been impacted financially by this crisis, whether they’re a part of the Disney Family or of the economic ecosystem that centers on the parks. Is it worth risking the health of tens of thousands, mostly children, and anyone they may come in contact weeks or days after their visit? The answer should be an emphatic: “No, of course not”.

  • So excited! Definitely anxious about getting a ticket since I am flying in and the hotel is paid for. BUT, it sure is about time and I can always change plans if I don’t get tickets. Hopefully masks are optional. I can’t imagine how they would control all parks guests to wear masks. Sanitary stations would do the most help!

  • I am so excited!!!!!!! I hope o can get in opening day. So many memories. I couldn’t fathom my life without Disneyland.

  • My family cannot wait! For anyone who thinks this is “too early” and does not feel comfortable with the measures that Disneyland is taking, just stay home. No one is forcing you to go to Disneyland, and it will make reservations easier for those of us who are excited and satisfied with the extensive safety measures they are taking.

  • Has anyone tried getting a refund on the star wars nite? I can’t get through the help center and wanted to see if they would make an exception as I am not feeling comfortable going back to Disneyland in August.

  • We are so happy to hear that Disneyland will soon be opening! As a medical provider I feel quite comfortable bringing my family to the Park & will follow guidelines so as to make it a great experience for all. Thank you!

  • With the parks reopening in the near future and the restriction to stay within government guidelines, meaning no fireworks, no parades, and no meet and greets for now will the price of the tickets be lowered? You are not getting the full Disney Experience and you are paying so much for the tickets already. Will a limited attraction ticket be sold while some things are shut down?

  • I love Disney land, as do my children and grandchildren. I am a Registered Nurse and I’m pretty sure hand washing stations or sanitizing jell will be placed everywhere but face masks should be mandatory!!!

  • So Excited!!! Can’t wait to get back to the Happiest Place on Earth.

  • I can’t wait to be there on the first day you reopen. Please let season ticket owners know when and how to get reservations. Please don’t listen to the paranoid people who are circulating petition against your opening. The world is too negative right now and we need some sunshine.

  • If people are not comfortable attending without masks or feel that is too early to open, then please by all means stay home. Don’t impose your fears on others!! PLEASE DO NOT MAKE MASKS MANDATORY!! We can’t wait to be able to go and enjoy our freedoms we have enjoyed for years thanks to the people who fought for them.

  • I’d like to request masks not be mandatory. Those who are at risk or who are concerned can protect themselves by staying home or wearing n95 masks. Face coverings aren’t effective at stopping the spread of the tiny coronavirus particles.

  • I agree 1000% with those who are concerned about this to STAY HOME. It’s time to cater to the 98%, not the 2%. No masks and be clear to those attending the plan so that they can wait until later if they want, let the rest of us who want to get back to normal, who have no pre-existing conditions, who have already had Covid move on. Again, stay home if you feel uncomfortable folks and stop complaining…. it’s your choice to wear a mask and stay home and no one will judge you for it. So please stop judging the rest of us who want to live our lives again. ❤️

  • When will we know anything about the reservation system? I want to go ASAP but I can only go on certain weekdays. I don’t want to have to book a trip on a weekend when I absolutely can’t go. How is it going to work? Will people who already purchased tickets before the pandemic have priority registration? Do the rest of us have to wait indefinitely?

    I’ll be wearing a mask all day and following all the rules. We need to understand that the CMs are putting a lot of trust in us by reopening. The new safety guidelines are there for a very good reason. If you aren’t willing to abide by their rules please stay away and don’t spread the disease. Till there’s a vaccine and a cure we all need to help each other.

  • I’m so excited that DL will finally reopen and on the most magical day ever 7/14 But I’m saddened as well because my husband and I let ourAP expire But our daughters are still current until sept at least. So now with the hold my husband and I can get ours renewed But luckily we was able to get 2 day park hopper from GAT so now waiting on reservations. I just hope DL has something in place for those of us who has had our AP expired especially since most of us has had them over 9 yrs. I hope this hiccup gets fix soon. I hate to not take my kids during the holidays like we do every year. It’s our family tradition to go Easter , then July (before school) then in sept or nov we been doing this for 9 yrs
    Please DL dont break our hearts

  • I’m so happy you are reopening, and can’t wait to get my family back there for a LONG overdue vacation, but as others have mentioned, PLEASE DON’T MAKE MASKS MANDATORY!! As much as we love Disney and want to come back, we just can’t and won’t if we are forced to wear face coverings. I’m hoping you will reconsider this. Thank you for all that you do!

  • We have tickets for the parks and reservations for the Grand Californian hotel these were made at least 9 months ago . The reason we are staying on property is to be able to benefit from the perks of staying at a Disney Resort . I understand there will be a reservation system announced sometime soon. I feel that families that already had reservations and tickets that are staying on property should take precedence . I’m hoping the decision makers will take into account the guests who booked their hotel stay on property and purchased tickets months in advance .

  • I think that a place that attracts as many visitors as Disneyland NEEDS mandatory masks. Asymptomatic people can carry and spread the virus. We want the parks open and we want to resume our former lives. That will only happen if we make every effort to halt the virus. Yes to masks!

  • Since Star Wars Celebration just cancelled, is Disney still doing the Star Wars after dark in August?

  • Shut down happened one week before our travel dates. We are looking forward to the reopening and would like to set dates and get a reservation. Will information be sent to us so we know how to reschedule a time to bring our families? Looking forward to being in that magical place again.

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