Disneyland in the U.S has been closed for a year now because of COVID-19, however, the park is reopening for business with limited capacity.
The company announced on Wednesday that the Anaheim, California-based theme park — which includes both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure — will reopen to the public on April 30.
Disney (NYSE: DIS) added that to comply with California’s public-health requirements. The park will have limited capacity, and visitors should reserve their spot ahead of arrival. As of this writing, Disney only allowed Californians to to make reservations. The company will invite back the Members of the local community first.
Earlier this month, California disclosed that COVID-19 guidelines were revised. Rules allowed stadiums and amusement parks to reopen on April 1st. However, parks and stadiums shouldn’t be located in the state’s highest infection rates zones. Additionally, rules implied that stadiums and amusement parks should comply with the 15% to 35% capacity rule and mandatory mask-wearing.
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However, Disney Park said they won’t open until late April. Disney CEO Bob Chapek previously said during a conference call that it would take time for Disney to bring its California-based parks back to business due to long period shutdowns. Chapek argued that reopening parks means that the company should hire at least 10,000 furloughed employees.
“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.
In the fourth quarter of 2020, Disney had lost $2.4 billion in income due to Covid-19 related lockdowns and it layed off 28,000 employees in September 2019. The company’s Disney World park has been open since July in Florida.
“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.”