Destination Disney: Returning to a Land of Magic!

November 23, 2020

Calling all Disney Fans!

Yesterday I was able to experience the magic of Disney, after the long eight month closure! Disneyland had been closed since March 14, 2020. On June 10, 2020, the Orange County Register reported that Disney had announced “… a historic reopening after the Coronavirus closures.” The reopening was scheduled for July 17, which was Disneyland’s 65th birthday. Unfortunately, this did not occur because of California’s new guidelines for the reopening of state parks (see letter by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director of Disney Parks, below).

Currently, you can shop all of the stores at Downtown Disney, and choose from its 20 restaurants. Although Disneyland remains officially closed, Disney has currently opened up certain designated areas of California Adventure: some stores for shopping, various restaurants, and many photo opportunities. There are no rides open, no theaters, no parades, and no fireworks. Yet, if you crave the Disney Magic, you can now quench your thirst at the California Adventure Park, some of it’s restaurants, and shops!

Top Things You Should Know When Visiting the Downtown Disney District Including Buena Vista Street

• Guest Parking and Entrances Guests may self-park in the Simba Parking Lot for a daily rate of $10 per car.Note: You do not have to pay to go inside California Adventure, or Downtown Disney.

• Temperature and Security Screenings: All Guests are required to undergo temperature and security screenings prior to entering the Downtown Disney District. Note: You have to stand in a line before entering Downtown Disney, because they regulate the number of people entering, check your temperature, and conduct security screening.

• Enhanced Cleanliness Procedures: Cleaning procedures are enhanced throughout the Downtown Disney District. Note: There are hand sanitizer stations in various spots throughout Downtown Disney, and California Adventure. There are also additional hand washing stations.

• Face Coverings: Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members and Operating Participant employees. Note: This rule is strictly enforced!

• Operational Changes for Physical Distancing: Temporary adjustments are in place to promote physical distancing. Note: You will find physical markings, with tape, of where you must stand while waiting in line. This assures a safe 6 feet distance between guests.

• Download the Official Disneyland App Make the most of your visit with the official Disneyland App! Note: The app will help you have a more successful visit. I recommend this app for all Disney fans!

“Go inside Disney California Adventure on the first day of shopping and dining after 8-month closure: DCA reopened on Thursday, Nov. 19 for shopping and dining along Buena Vista Street and throughout Grizzly Peak Airfield and Hollywood Land for the first time since the park closed in mid-March amid the global pandemic.Fans flocked to Disney California Adventure after eight months of coronavirus closures to shop and dine in the Anaheim theme park even though the Incredicoaster, Radiator Springs Racers and other rides remained idled by state COVID-19 guidelines.Disney California Adventure reopened as an extension of Downtown Disney at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 for shopping and dining along Buena Vista Street and throughout Grizzly Peak Airfield and Hollywood Land for the first time since the theme park closed in mid-March amid the global pandemic.Across the esplanade, Disneyland remains closed as large California theme parks are unlikely to return to full operation until early 2021 or next summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state.”By Brady MacDonald, at The Orange County Register

Important Information about the Disneyland Resort:

  • The Downtown Disney District has begun a phased reopening.
  • The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort remain closed and will reopen at a later date.
  • Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals.
  • Upon reopening, certain parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings will be modified or unavailable, will have limited capacity and will be subject to limited availability or even closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. View important details.
  • We have taken enhanced health and safety measures. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Disneyland Resort Reopening Update:

by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

“We previously announced a proposed phased reopening of our theme parks for July 17, pending government approvals. We developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work. The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date. Our Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for our cast members and guests. The opening of our Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California. The Master Services Union, which represents our retail cast at this location, previously signed an agreement for members to return to work. In order to reopen our theme parks we need to negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work. We have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of our cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work. We thank our cast and guests for their patience during this unprecedented time while we await approval from government officials.”


Disneyland Resort Backlot Premier Shop:

“In the Spotlight: Our Newest Shopping ExperienceYou’re invited to scope out the latest and greatest gear in the newly transformed Stage 17, now accessible from the Downtown Disney District.To meet fan demand, we’re debuting the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop—a new way for you to browse the same beloved seasonal collections available at World of Disney and other select Downtown Disney locations.These curated products will only be featured for a limited time, so check back here often to discover what’s new.Note: theme park admission/reservation not required for entry and standard discounts apply.

Spotlight Theme: Holiday Collections! Celebrate this holiday season with the festive ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas collection featuring fun finds for the entire family. Add shimmer and shine to your holiday look with the new Silver and Gold collection, including trendy styles that all will love. And don’t miss the hottest toy this holiday season:

Interactive Groot, who responds to over 20 spoken words and phrases with sounds, music and movements.Learn more about recent changes to the Downtown Disney District before you go.This location may use a mobile wait list system to manage the number of Guests shopping at one time. This is a separate service from “Disneyland Resort Shopping Reservations.”Note: • You will need your phone to scan bar codes, and operate the mobile wait list system.

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