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Disneyland and Walt Disney World To Re-Open In July

The Disney theme parks in the US will re-open in July, with several caveats however. Click through for more details!

Crowds at Disney World

A sight you will not see for some time

Disney’s theme parks in the US were closed about three months ago, the question when the parks will re-open has an answer now. Disney released their plans for a controlled re-opening of the US theme parks.

Disneyland in California will open in several phases:

  • July 9th: the Downtown Disney District re-opens
  • July 17th: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park re-open
  • July 23rd: the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Paradiese Pier Hotel open

However, several measures will be implemented to control attendance and to guarantee social distancing!

All guests, including annual passholders, will need to book a reservation for entry in the park in advance! Disney will release a new app for that purpose, but no exact details were provided by Disney. New ticket sales and annual passport sales are suspended for the time being.

Also, parades and nighttime spectaculars or anything else that may attract large crowds has been suspended for now. And while the various characters will be in the park, there will be no meet and greets. Disney said that the characters will entertain the guests in new ways. So Rey or Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers won’t roam Galaxy’s Edge for now, kids won’t be able to interact with them directly. It also remains to be seen how attractions like the lightsaber workshop or Smuggler’s Run will operate, no details were given here, however certain attractions may be unavailable according to Disney, but again, no exact details were provided.
FastPass is also unavailable, the queue space will be used for social distancing measures.

All of these plans are still still subject to approval by the authorities!

Disneyworld in Florida will also open in several phases:

  • July 11th: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom open
  • July 15th: EPCOT and Hollywood Studio open

Both employees and guests will have to wear face coverings and temperatures will be screened upon entering the park. Persons with elevated temperatures will be denied entry.

Are you planning a trip to any of the Disney theme parks this summer? Or will you postpone any planned visit and wait until things are back to normal again? The current situation may provide a rare chance to experience the theme parks without any of the large crowds. Of course it’s all at your own risk and the question is if you really want to go on rides like Smuggler’s Run that have small, enclosed spaces which see thousands of people each day. That is, if something like Smuggler’s Run is even available. Disney still has to provide exact details about how they will handle attractions and rides like Smuggler’s Run or Savi’s lightsaber workshop.

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