On Friday, California’s world-famous Disneyland theme park reopened its doors after a 13-month closure due the pandemic.
The theme park’s reopening is widely viewed as a cause for celebration in a state that was extremely hard-hit by COVID-19.
“It has such a symbolic nature to really quantifying that we’re finally rolling out of COVID,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of the state tourism agency Visit California (via 570 News).
For the time being, Disneyland will only be open to California residents. The park will also only be operating at 25% of its pre-pandemic capacity.
Those who want to visit the park must schedule their visit using a new reservation system. Guests will be subject to a temperature test upon arrival, and will be required to wear a mask while not actively eating or drinking. While these safety protocols will certainly lend to a different atmosphere inside the park, staff are exciting to see guests spilling back in.
“The park was not meant to be empty and lifeless,” said Austin Leonard, who will work as a stage manager at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when the park reopens on Friday (via the Los Angeles Times). “It’s truly meant to have energy and life in it.”
Disneyland has made the most of its hiatus, fixing up a number of older features, and also constructing some new attractions, such as its anticipated Avengers Campus, which is scheduled to open in June.
Will you be visiting Disneyland now that its reopened?