Disney eyes July reopening for California theme parks

Walt Disney Co. plans to reopen Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park on July 17, pending approval from the state and local authorities.

The theme parks in Anaheim, California have been closed since March 14 to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disney also plans to reopen its Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel on July 23.

Disneyland Resort visitors will need to get a reservation for access to the park in advance, the company said in a statement, as it aims to limit the capacity to maintain physical distance.

Experiences such as parades and nighttime spectacles that typically draw larger crowds, as well as character encounters, will be temporarily unavailable, Disney said.

The company has also temporarily suspended new ticket sales and annual passport sales and renewals.

The Downtown Disney District also reopens its doors on July 9 in accordance with state reopening guidelines.

In an interview on April 7, Executive Chairman Bob Iger said that Walt Disney may require theme park visitors to have their temperatures checked when they reopen after restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.

Last month, Shanghai Disneyland witnessed a muted reopening after a three-month shutdown.

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