The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California has been closed for 3 months, including Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure and the Disneyland hotels. It looked like things were getting better with a July 17th reopening date, but now that has changed and the Disneyland Reopening has been postponed.
(Updated 6/24/20) – Disneyland has announced a phased reopening starting July 9 and moving on to the parks July 17. Things have since changed and the Disneyland Reopening has now been delayed to a future date.
Read on for more on what this all means...
In this post, we are going to explain all the effects of the Disneyland closure and the impact that this situation is having on the happiest place on earth. We will keep you informed of all the updates on Disneyland so you have all the latest information.
We are also going to answer all your questions about the Disneyland reopening and when that’s happening.
If you are wondering about your upcoming vacation how to get a refund for your Disneyland vacation including park tickets, hotels, and vacation packages and how to reschedule your trip.
Besides just closing the parks at this time, we’ll talk about the bigger impact this will have on Disneyland and what problems could arise in the future for the parks. Lastly, we’ll let you know what we think about the parks reopening in July and what changes you will see by then.
Think of this post as “Disneyland Reopening 101,” where we’ll handle all your FAQs to the best of our ability.
If you are going to Walt Disney World instead and are looking for updates and FAQs for that resort, read our Disney World Reopening Guide where we explain all the new guidelines making a reopening possible. Much of what is happening in Disney World as far as procedures will also happen in Disneyland, so that should give you a good idea of what to expect.
If you are looking for information about cruises, then check out our guide to Disney Cruise Line Closure. There we go in-depth on the latest news, cancellations and how to reschedule your booking.
We are definitely going to stay away from giving you medical advice. We are absolutely not qualified to do that and we recommend talking with your doctor or another medical professional if you have specific questions about that.
There are also many trusted online resources you can look to including:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization’s page – Up-to-date information about the situation and how to stay safe.
- U.S. Department of State’s Alert Bulletin – The latest information on travel advisories and anything you should know before going on vacation.
I know right now if you are reading this post it’s probably because you are planning to go to Disneyland at some point in the near future. Maybe your vacation was even canceled because of this closure. Many of our readers are Disneyland first-timers or were looking forward to bringing their children on the trip of a lifetime and now are quite bummed out about this news.
While I know this can be very disappointing, we fell that Disney made the right call by closing the parks. Much of what is happening is out of Disney’s control. They are cooperating with local and state authorities and trying to put the well-being of their guests and employees first, which we applaud.
Things are going to be changing quickly during this time which will require the patience of all guests planning on going to Disneyland for a while.
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Keep scrolling down for the latest updates and answers to all your questions about Disneyland and what to expect moving forward when planning your next vacation. We will try to answer all your questions, but if we leave something out feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
Latest Disneyland Reopening News
We don’t ever think we’ve seen a story as big as this one in the history of Disneyland. Just think about it, we are dealing with a situation that is affecting the entire world. Never since Disneyland opened its doors in 1955 has every single Disney theme park worldwide ever closed at the same time. It’s insane!
Now all that is changing as the Disney parks are slowly starting to reopening around the world. Any new updates about the reopening or closing and we’ll post it here. We hope to answer as many questions that you may have as possible.
Let’s take a look at the latest:
NEWS 6/24/20 – Disneyland Reopening Postponed, No Longer July 17
Well, that was quick. Just 2 weeks after announcing that the Disneyland Resort would start a phased reopening on July 9, with Disneyland Park and California Adventure reopening July 17, those plans have now bee canceled. That’s right, the Disneyland Reopening is officially postponed.
Here is the official statement from Disney:
This change in plans comes from the State of California, which has indicated that they will not issue theme park reopening guidelines on July 4 as originally planned. Therefore, Disneyland can not bring Cast Members back to work and guarantee a reopening date until approval is given from the state.
California has seen a massive increase in confirmed cases over the last week and has no doubt raised cause for concern with government and medical authorities.
Despite this news, the Downtown Disney District will continue with its reopening plans on July 9. Since Downtown Disney is not a theme park, it falls under different regulations which are not quite as strict as the ones for theme parks.
Disneyland has been battling with Cast Member unions over safety concerns due to the high number of new cases. Over 47,000 people have signed an online petition to postpone the Disneyland reopening, and now that is happening.
No word on when Disneyland will now reopen and no dates were given. Stay tuned for more as this is a developing situation…
NEWS 6/10/20 – Disneyland Starting Phased Reopening July 9
After months of patiently waiting, we have some really good news for you! Disney has just announced that Disneyland is starting its phased reopening on July 9!
This reopening will be in three phases as the resort opens up in sections. Here is the reopening schedule:
- Downtown Disney – Opens July 9
- Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure – Opens July 17
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – Opens July 22
It’s important to note that these are the proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort and are still pending state and local government approvals. Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures.
Here is the official word from Disney:
The Disneyland reopening will be handled in much the same way as the Walt Disney World reopening, with many of the same safety measures put in place for guests and Cast Members to follow.
Disney is cooperating with the health and safety guidelines given by the state and strictly adhering to those. These guidelines are under a continuous review and are subject to change.
Before the parks reopen, the Downtown Disney District will be reopening July 9. This allows Disney staff and the guests to get used to the state’s reopening guidelines. A variety of shops and restaurants will be open for guests to enjoy. Physical distancing, among other guidelines will be promoted throughout.
Like in Walt Disney World, theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing.
Disneyland will also use the new Theme Park Reservation system will will require ALL guests (even annual passholders) to get a park reservation before getting entrance.
More info on the Disneyland reservation system will come out soon. In the meantime, you can check out our guide to Disney World park reservations where we have everything we know so far.
At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club.
President of Parks, Experiences & Products, Josh D’Amaro had a nice message for Disney fans:
With the announcement of the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort, we are one more exciting step closer to reopening all of our Disney parks and experiences around the world. Throughout the past few weeks, we have reopened Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Springs and several Disney stores, and set dates for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with more announcements coming soon.
We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach. As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic.
We’re fortunate to be guided by a talented team of professionals who’ve helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These are designed with both the cast and guests in mind for the unique environments of each of our parks, resorts and stores.
While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day.
My confidence comes in part from all of the hard work our teams have been doing behind the scenes in the past few months… as well as by the early successes we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, the first of our theme parks to reopen. Guest satisfaction has been extremely high, and we will continue to make sure that as we bring back experiences, our attention to promoting your safety, maintaining your trust and providing unique ways for you to come together with family and friends to create new memories remains high as well.
Walt Disney once said that it takes people to make the dream a reality, and as we prepare ourselves to reopen his original park, I want you to know how eternally grateful I am for all of you who have made Disney parks, stores, hotels, cruise lines, guided tours and vacation properties part of your lives, as well as for the cast members, crew members, Imagineers, and employees who have brought them to life for the past 65 years.
I know this has been a difficult year, but I can’t help but feel a great sense of hope and optimism. And like many of you, I look forward to hearing the laughter and seeing the joy of families making memories together… and I can’t wait to see you when the magic returns to all of our parks and resorts.
This is a developing story so we’ll have more details about this news later, please check back for more!
Disneyland California Closure
(UPDATED): Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is officially reopening starting July 9, 2020.
- Downtown Disney District is reopening July 9
- Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are reopening July 17
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel are reopening July 22.
The Disneyland Resort has been closed since March.
One thing we found interesting is the fact that when Disneyland first closed in mid-March, there were not yet orders in place forcing them to close. Disney saw the recommendations from the State Governor and the city of Anaheim and chose to act in the best interests of the people, even if they could have kept the parks open for more days. For this we applaud them.
Of course, we know you are upset about your vacation being canceled, but we urge you to remain calm for the moment. Take a deep breath and realize that Disneyland isn’t going anywhere. When the current situation passes over, it will still be there and you’ll still have the chance to make your dreams come true.
Disney is giving everyone the option of a refund or to reschedule their trips, so at the very worst, your Disneyland vacation will just be a bit postponed. Try to stay positive and remember these steps had to be taken for the well-being of all the people involved.
Relax and be patient as Disney sorts everything out. Also, remember this story is relatively new and Disney is working hard to sort out all the details. Things will continue to be updated in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
Now let’s see what we know so far about the closure of Disneyland…
What Is Closed in Disneyland?
Disneyland has been forced to close, and it now applies to everything at the resort. As of this writing, the following Disneyland locations are temporarily closed “until further notice”:
- Theme Parks (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure)
- Disneyland Hotels
- Downtown Disney
Disneyland is not accepting any new reservations before July 1, 2020, so that would indicate the parks are closed at least until that date, if not longer.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure
Both Disneyland theme parks are currently closed. This includes Disneyland Parks and Disney California Adventure.
Since large gatherings are off-limits in California, it’s only natural to close the theme parks. You can’t have people in line for hours next to others and guarantee safety. Even if somehow they could have kept them open, Disney would have been forced to greatly reduce the attractions available in the park which would have made for a terrible guest experience.
The Disneyland hotels are now closed, though Disney originally kept them open a couple of days longer than the parks in order to give guests time to make the necessary travel arrangements and leave.
The hotels closed include Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Hotel, and Paradise Pier.
Now that the parks are closed, there is no reason for guests to come here which makes closing an easy decision.
Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort is currently closed. This includes shops and restaurants. They kept some of the restaurants and shops open for a few days longer than the parks, but in the end, they were forced to close.
Refunds and Canceling Reservations
Thankfully, if you have a vacation coming up during the time that Disneyland is closed you will be able to get a refund and cancel your booking without penalty. Disney is being more than generous with their refund policy, and working with everyone to either cancel or change plans.
Disneyland is not accepting any new reservations before at least July 1, so any booking will have to be after that. We also could see that date get pushed back at some point, so keep that in mind.
Here is Disneyland’s stance on refunds:
“Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.”
You have two options:
- Cancel and get a refund
- Reschedule your trip
We are going to break down all your options for refunds below. However, something to keep in mind is that Disneyland is extremely overwhelmed with calls right now from guests asking about this information. If you want to call, expect long wait times and try to be patient with the representative when you do talk with them.
Here is How You Can Cancel Disneyland Reservations and Get a Refund:
- Either way, you can call The Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5050 to cancel your booking.
- Reservations can also be canceled online on the Disneyland website here.
- Even better, if you booked your trip to Disneyland through a travel agent, then we recommend you contact them first, and they will take care of the necessary changes for you.
We’re happy Disney is making these adjustments for guests as many have been thinking about changing their travel dates to a later time. Disney is very good in situations like this as they have shown a willingness to work with travelers in the past.
What if the Disneyland reopening date gets pushed back?
Right now Disneyland is closed indefinitely. However long it ends up being closed for, Disney will extend the refund policy to accommodate the guests affected. So if you have a vacation planned then, you will still get a refund.
Now let’s break down the type of refunds Disneyland is giving you…
Vacation Package Refunds
Guests can cancel Disneyland vacation package booking scheduled from now through June 30, 2020 for a 100% full refund at no cost and with no penalty (excluding third-party products and fees).
Even if you aren’t able to cancel your booking before the scheduled check-in date, you still will receive a full refund with no cancellation penalty.
- Keep in mind that there are no new reservations available for Disneyland before July 1, 2020.
You can call The Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5050 or go Online to get a refund.
If you booked your vacation through a travel agent, contact them to make sure a refund or change is given. If you booked through another source (3rd party online), then you will need to contact them for a refund.
If airfare was booked separately, guests are responsible for any change or cancellation fees moving the dates might occur.
Hotel Room Only Refunds
Any Disneyland hotel rooms booked with stay dates during the affected closure dates will be 100% refunded to guests with no cost and no penalty. This offer is for any stays booked from now through June 30, 2020.
Because of the high volume of calls, Disneyland will be sending an email communication to all guests with rooms booked during the affected dates. This email will provide options on canceling or rescheduling your vacation.
Once again, if you aren’t able to cancel your booking before the scheduled check-in date, don’t worry. Disney knows the situation and you still will receive a full refund with no cancellation penalty.
You can call The Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5050, go Online to get a refund or contact your travel agent for assistance.
If you have purchased a Disneyland or Disney California Adventure theme park admission, you have options to still use those tickets. Any unused tickets purchased for use between the affected dates will be extended to use at a future date.
- Unused 1-Day Tickets (Tiers 1-5) – These are now valid through December 30, 2021. Admission dates depend on which tier ticket you purchased
- Unused Multi-Day Tickets – These are now valid through January 12, 2022.
- Promotional Child Ticket – Expiration will be extended through December 15, 2020, and expire 13 days after first use or December 15, 2020, whichever comes first.
- Canada Resident Ticket – Expiration will be extended through May 13, 2021, and expire 13 days after first use or May 31, 2021, whichever comes first.
- Military Salute Ticket – Tickets can be used on non-consecutive days and expire December 18, 2020.
It doesn’t seem like Disney is giving refunds on ticket purchases only but only extending the use of them out to the future. If anything changes on this we’ll let you know.
Disney Flex Pass Reservations
Any Disney Flex Pass reservations for the closure dates will be fully refunded to the guest without penalties or fees.
Dining Reservations & Other Experiences
Besides tickets and vacation packages, you are probably wondering about what will happen to other experiences you have booked like dining reservations, etc. Here is what we know so far…
Any of the following reservations scheduled during the Disneyland closure period can be canceled without any penalty or fees to the guest and will receive a full refund.
- Disneyland Dining Reservations
- Droid Depot
- Savi’s Workshop Lightsaber Building Experience
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
- Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures
- Disneyland Resort VIP Tours
Technically, you don’t even have to do anything to get a refund. Even if you forget to cancel your reservation, a full refund will be given to you automatically without any penalties or fees.
Much like the extra experiences, if you have purchased a ticket to a Disneyland special event during the closure period you will get a full refund without penalties or fees.
Guests will be automatically given a refund for special events during the closure within 30 days, and don’t need to contact Disney.
Modifying or Canceling Your Flight
If you have booked a flight during the closure period and did not book it through The Walt Disney Travel Company, then you will have to contact the airline on your own to see if they will let you either cancel your flight for a refund or change your travel date to a future time.
This will depend on the airline, what type of ticket you bought and if you purchased insurance as part of the booking.
Some airlines like Southwest will allow you to modify your flight dates without a fee, which is one reason we prefer to fly Southwest when we can! You will have to check with whatever company you choose and follow their current cancellation or date change policy.
If you booked your flight with a travel agent then you will want to contact them for help, otherwise, see if you can make the necessary changes online which will save you a ton of time than calling on the phone right now.
Rentals, Strollers, Cars, Etc
If you have rented a car, stroller, ECV or any other third-party rental, you will need to contact them and find out what can be done to modify or cancel your reservation and if refunds are given.
Canceling Disneyland Vacation After the Parks Reopen
What if you have a Disneyland vacation planned for dates in the next few months? Can you still cancel them and get a refund without penalty?
Right now refunds or cancellations are given to guests without occurring fees and penalties, for any future date through June 30, 2020. Since we don’t know when “until further notice is” Disney is accomodating guests with those future reservations.
If your vacation is in the next few months and you want to push it to a date even further out, we suggest waiting to see what happens between now and then. If Disney extends the closure date, then your tickets, hotel, etc will also be covered under the refund policy, at which point you can choose to get your refund or change the dates.
Annual Pass Policies
Disney has just updated some policies and if you have a Disneyland Annual Pass, you now have some options available to you about extensions, holding payment or even getting a partial refund.
Annual Passes Already Paid in Full –
For guests who have already paid for their Disneyland annual pass, there are 2 options available to you.
- The default option is that your expiration date will be extended out by the number of days Disney World ends up being closed for. For example, if Disney World is closed for 60 days total, your annual pass will get an additional 60 days added on to it.
- If you don’t want to have your annual pass extended, you can get a partial refund based on the number of days of the park closure period.
Before the latest update, annual passholders didn’t have a choice and had their passes automatically extended, as in option 1.
Annual Pass Monthly Payment Plans –
This is another change because at first monthly payments for annual passes continued on like normal. Instead, since April 5, all monthly payments have been stopped and will not continue until the theme parks reopen.
Disney is also refunding all prior payments made during the time that Disneyland was closed from March 14 through April 4, 2020.
- There is one important thing to note with this option. Annual passes will NOT be extended in this case, because you are now paying for fewer months than before and not a complete year. If guests do want their annual pass expiration to be extended once the parks open again, they can choose this option. In this case, payments will continue once the parks open until the full 12 months are paid.
These changes give people who are struggling in this economic downturn a chance to take some of that money tied up in their annual passport, and put it towards essentials like food and shelter. We are extremely happy Disney decided to do this as it will help a lot of people.
To get a partial refund or extend your annual pass past the original extension on the monthly payment program call (714) 781-4567. Expect long wait times when calling and try to be patient.
Monthly Payment Program
Even though you can’t use your Disneyland annual pass at this time, the monthly payment program will continue.
“These Annual Passholders will have their Passport expiration date extended based on pass type and level of access due to the impacts of the closure, and will not be required to make any payments during that extended period.”
This means you have to still keep making your scheduled payments like always. However, once your original payments are complete, you do not have to keep making payments during the extension period.
Rescheduling Your Trip
Just as with cancellations, you can also change the date of your Disneyland vacation without paying the normal modification fees. Any vacation you have booked in the coming months through June 30 can be modified without a specific limit on the dates.
Just remember, Disney isn’t taking any new reservations before July 1, 2020, so it has to be after that.
This once again applies to guests who have booked their package through Disney. Keep in mind, of course, you will have to pay the difference in price if the package costs more on the date you choose.
Other Rescheduling Tips
Right now with all the uncertainty going on in the travel industry, we think purchasing travel insurance is a good use of your money if you can find it at this time. We usually don’t go for it, with things up in the air and the possibility of your plans getting changed, we think it’s a good idea.
Some policies have restrictions so make sure you get a policy that lets you cancel at any time.
Also, we highly recommend using a Disney Travel Agent. They will help you make any of the necessary additions to your package and also will handle any cancellations or modifications you need. Plus there is no additional cost so there’s really no downside.
Disneyland Cast Members
Of course, when the Disney parks close, that not only affects the guests going there to visit, but also the tens of thousands of Cast Members that work there too.
For the first month that Disneyland closed down, Disney paid its Cast Members through April 18. This was a nice gesture by Disney and they are to be applauded. However, as the situation continued to deteriorate, it was clear that Disney would not be able to continue for long, and as of now, all non-essential employees have been furloughed for the time being.
California is an incredibly expensive place to live and most cast members live check-to-check as it is. This situation has been absolutely devastating to them economically without getting a regular paycheck.
At this point, we can only hope that Disneyland reopens soon, so these Cast Members can get back to work, if they aren’t able to find something else in the meantime. We’ll keep an eye on this situation and let you know as soon as we hear more.
Disneyland Donating Food
What is Disney going to do with all that food they have now that there won’t be any guests to eat it? Disneyland has announced that they will be donating its food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County whose aim is to help end hunger in Orange County.
This food includes excess fruit, vegetables, packaged goods, dairy and banquet meals. This is a cause that Disneyland is already familiar with having donated over 20,000 meals to Second Harvest last year alone.
Construction and Maintenance During the Closure
There are a lot of projects currently going on in Disneyland between new construction and refurbishments to existing attractions. In theory, having the parks temporarily close would give Disney a chance to catch up on some of the maintenance and refurbishment to these attractions with no guests in the parks.
If workers were still able to go to work without further restrictions then it might give Disney a chance to catch up on some of the things around the parks that need attention.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. At this point in time, all work on Disneyland construction and refurbishment projects has ceased. Disney hasn’t commented on whether or not they will eventually start the construction work back up at some point during the closure or wait until the parks are open again.
However, Disney CEO, Bob Chapek did say on Disney’s Q2 Earnings Call that the company will be spending $900 Million less than originally planned for the parks in 2020, and many projects will get their budgets reduced or even some cut altogether.
We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days and weeks and things progress, stay tuned.
Other California Theme Park Closures
As of this writing, pretty much all other theme parks in California are also closed due to the current situation. Other California theme park closures include:
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Knott’s Berry Farm
- San Diego Zoo
- Legoland California
Most of these are closed through the end of March, but that could easily get pushed to dates further out.
When is Disneyland Reopening?
The question everyone wants an answer to is “When is Disneyland Reopening?” I wish I knew the answer to this for you which would make things easier, but right now it’s just too soon to tell.
Disneyland will reopen when the state of California reevaluates the situation and determines that the situation has been contained and is no longer a threat to public health. Right now though, there is no way to know when that will be.
The official word right now is that Disneyland will be closed “until further notice.” We then found out that Disneyland is not accepting new reservations before July 1. We are very pessimistic about this news and it’s now clear that Disney has no idea when it will reopen, but it doesn’t look like it will be before June.
Now, that’s not to say that Disneyland is definitely opening on July 1 or that it can’t open earlier than that. However, I don’t think there is any chance Disneyland will be reopened in June, and honestly, July is looking doubtful at this point too.
In fact, with the latest announcement from Governor Newsom, it doesn’t seem like any big public events will be happening this summer at all. Newsom also recently said that he feels large gatherings in June, July and August are “unlikely” at this point, which puts Disneyland in real danger.
Think about that. The potential of an entire summer without Disneyland being open. Who ever thought we would get to that point? That’s not to say it will definitely happen like that, but it certainly isn’t good news.
The reality is that no one knows when Disneyland is going to reopen at this point in time. Not Disney, not the government, and definitely not myself. There are just too many variables and we don’t know how long it will take to get this thing to stop from spreading so rapidly.
Some examples we can look to are the Shanghai Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. Shanghai Disneyland, for example, has been closed since January 25. Disney did announce that it is reopening on May 11, but that will be more than 3 months closed when all is said and done.
Tokyo Disneyland closed one month later on February 29, but they just recently extended their opening until at least May, and likely beyond.
Now that’s not to say the U.S. domestic parks like Disneyland and Walt Disney World will necessarily follow the same length of time. But it does let us know that the current set of circumstances is being taken seriously and closing the parks is not a quick fix. It’s not something that will likely be resolved very soon.
This, of course, is a problem for you if you have an upcoming trip to Disneyland planned or are trying to figure out when you should reschedule your vacation that was just canceled.
We don’t have any insider knowledge of the situation, but I wouldn’t count on being able to make a trip to Disneyland before August, and that to me would be the “best-case scenario.” It’s possible it could even be longer than that and you won’t be able to go at all in Summer 2020.
If I were booking a Disneyland trip right now, I wouldn’t reserve anything before September/October and to be on the safe side, I’d wait until after that. Even when Disneyland first opens back up, not everything will be running immediately, so if you don’t get to go very often, it’s better to wait until the park is running 100%.
In my opinion, if you want to be sure that Disneyland will be open and everything will be back up and running again, we’d wait until Late Fall 2020 or Winter 2021, especially if you are coming from a far distance and planning a trip here.
Of course, we’ll be revisiting this topic as the weeks pass and we’ll let you know as soon as we have more info about when Disneyland is reopening. Until then, hang tight.
Should You Go to Disneyland When it Reopens? Will It Be Safe?
When Disneyland finally does reopen, many are wondering if they should go right away and if it will be safe. From our personal experience in the parks, we always feel safe there, and we know that Disney wouldn’t reopen if they didn’t think it was ok for guests to come without a high risk of contamination.
When you feel comfortable going however is totally up to you. We can’t decide that for you. It has to be something you and your family are comfortable with. After all, you want to have a good time while you are there and shouldn’t go and spend all that money if you will be worried the whole time.
From witnessing what Disney did in the parks before the closure, they did an excellent job of containing it, and in fact, there were 0 counts found in Disneyland before the closure. Our own opinion is that when Disneyland reopens it will be perfectly fine to go again and we have no reason at this time to think Disney would put your health at risk.
Disney representatives like Bob Iger have already hinted at the Disney parks experience being very different at first when they reopen, and there being many more safety precautions in place for guests, including possibly guest temperature screening. We’ll have to see what measures are taken, but it won’t be what you are used to and there should be even more safety in mind than usual.
Whether or not you decide to continue with your previously booked Disneyland trips or book new ones in 2020 is completely up to you and your family and your safety should always be the highest concern.
Disneyland Deals & Travel Advantages
Cancellations for Disneyland bookings started some weeks ago, and reservations for future trips had also slowed down. Expect that trend to continue in the coming weeks and possibly months. With all the uncertainty around the current state of affairs, there isn’t going to be a huge rush of people booking new vacations anytime soon.
The situation we are living is definitely a serious one, and I don’t want to minimize what this is doing to peoples’ health and to their loved ones who have to live through it too. One of the only positive aspects of Disneyland closing is that when it opens up, and with likely fewer guests, there are going to be some advantages to whoever goes.
Low Crowd Levels
The first thing advantage is that crowds are going to be lower than usual in Disneyland. Lower crowds are great news if you go because it means shorter wait times for attractions, easier to get dining reservations and just more space overall in the park.
There could be a spike in the first week or so, and it will probably be busy on the weekends, but in general, we expect crowd levels to be lower than usual in the Spring/Summer, or whenever it opens. There will likely be a significant amount of people who won’t be able to go to work in this period, and between them having to go to the office and fewer tourists, we expect there to be fewer guests.
Disneyland is not a cheap place to visit, and we’ve seen multiple increases in prices from tickets, to hotel rooms to food around the parks. However, if crowd levels aren’t where they should be when Disneyland reopens, Disney is going to hold the brakes on too many price increases immediately.
In order to start attracting more guests to start coming back to the parks, we will likely see some great deals on vacation packages and hotel rooms especially. Until they get on-site occupancy where they want it to be, they will have to do something.
We’ve seen this happen after 9/11 and other disasters, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t see some great deals at Disneyland too. I don’t think there will be as many as what we’ll see in Walt Disney World, but if you were thinking of going to Disneyland anyway in 2020, after the parks reopen might be as good of a time as any.
As new deals on Disneyland vacations are released, we’ll let you know so you can take advantage.
Future Impact on Disneyland & Anaheim
Besides what this thing is doing to peoples’ health, it’s also going to be disastrous for the local economy in Orange County and for the nation as a whole. Billions of dollars are going to be lost in the area surrounding Disneyland and southern California because of this problem.
There are hundreds of small businesses, hotels, restaurants, and shops that rely on the traffic that the tourists going to Disneyland bring them. Many of those will likely be forced to go out of business if this situation lasts for any extended length of time.
Thankfully the Disneyland cast members will continue to be paid during the time Disneyland is closed which is an awesome gesture on Disney’s part.
Disney themselves are facing an unprecedented situation where they now find every theme park and the Disney Cruise Line at a standstill. Not only that but now some of their movies are being pushed back with no one going to the cinema. That means two of their biggest streams of revenue will be almost completely dried up until this is over.
How will this affect Disneyland? Disney has been known to make budget cuts when consumer spending is lower than expected, and the markets are certainly not giving us much confidence.
Right now Disney is working on multiple projects to bring more attractions to the parks. We recently found out a bunch of new details about the Avengers Campus coming to California Adventure which is going to be that park’s version of Galaxy’s Edge. Right now we have no idea when it’s opening now that its previous opening date in July has been canceled. It’s hard to get a new theme park land open when construction workers can’t get in to keep building it.
Read here about all the Disneyland attractions that might be delayed or even cut due to the financial problem these closures have left the company with.
How long will it be delayed? What happens if they decided they don’t have enough money to complete it as soon as originally planned or have to cut the budget and not make it to their original vision?
Then we also have the fun Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway which just opened in Hollywood Studios also set to open in Disneyland Park in 2022. That attraction is most likely still coming, but maybe not at that date.
The entire travel industry is suffering and if this goes on for too long, there is no telling the repercussions we will see in the parks. There are many current and future attractions in danger of being cut or greatly affected because of this situation, so we’ll have to keep a close eye on what happens.
Let’s hope it doesn’t get that far, but we are pretty pessimistic right now about it. Disney is hemorrhaging too much money for some new attractions or projects to not get pushed out years into the future, if not totally canceled. That’s why Disney did well to close down the parks now instead of waiting until the situation gets any worse. The quicker they get everything under control, the less of an impact it will have.
At this point we don’t know what is going to happen, we have to wait and see. This is something unlike anything else that The Walt Disney Company has had to deal with, and it’s coming at a critical time as the have a new CEO taking over for Bob Iger. (Iger has since taken back some control of the company due to this critical point in time)
We are definitely shocked at this series of events and are paying extremely close attention to how everything plays out.
We think Disney has done the right thing in closing down the parks when they did. Hopefully being proactive will help slow the spread and ultimately lead to saving more peoples’ lives in the end, which is the most important issue at hand.
We hope that we shared with you some good information about the Disneyland closure that you can use whether you are trying to get a refund, reschedule your vacation or thinking about planning one in the rest of 2020.
Again, if we missed anything you were curious about, leave a comment below and we’ll get to it as soon as we can. Until then, let’s sit back and see what happens to Disneyland in the coming weeks and months with the hope that we’ll be able to visit the happiest place on earth soon!
We will continue to keep you updated on the Disneyland closure along with the status of the parks, closure time and any more info we get. Stay tuned!
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