“The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here,” Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort, said in a statement Wednesday. “We’re excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place.”
But “until further notice,” only California residents may visit the parks because of state health guidelines, the company said. Safety measures include mandatory masks for guests over the age of 2, social distancing and use of a new ticketing system to help manage capacity.
Still, Disneyland’s reopening is a major moment as the company attempts to rebound after the coronavirus outbreak hobbled its businesses.
Though the company’s media empire was hit hard, with blockbuster after blockbuster delayed, it’s Disney’s lucrative parks and resorts business that was dealt the biggest blow.
“It’s the final sign that things are getting back to normal for the Disney company,” Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, told CNN Business of the reopening. “Having Walt Disney’s original park closed, even with the others being open, was still a reminder that something was amiss.”
Disney said the Grand Californian, a hotel located on Disneyland property, will reopen April 29. The resort’s other hotels, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel, will “reopen at a later date.”