The popular California theme park, Disneyland, is now planning to allow visitors from all over the country starting on June 15th. The reopening is set to take place on the very same day that California will issue its full reopening after the coronavirus pandemic closures, which were instated in March of 2020.
In a tweet from the Disneyland Resort account this past Wednesday, the park announced that it would be allowing out-of-state visitors to begin purchasing tickets immediately.
The tweet read,
“Exciting News! Disneyland Resort theme parks to welcome back guests from outside California beginning June 15!”
There will be some new regulations in play, however. According to a recent statement on the Disney Parks Blog, “all guests will be required to wear an approved face-covering throughout their visit at the Disneyland Resort.” Within the same statement, the park also noted that it would be following guidance from the state of California regarding testing and vaccinations.
The park recommends all guests obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to their visit or get fully vaccinated.
The park has been open since April of this year, though only to California residents. Disneyland made the choice to open after some of its rival theme parks opened, including Universal Studios. The April reopening was unprecedented following a 13-month COVID-19 closure.
The closure took place in March of 2020 after Gavin Newson made the first order for a statewide shutdown.
Theme parks were last in line for reopenings in the state of California, which is a major contrast to states like Florida, where Walt Disney World opened with few restrictions earlier last year. Though Walt Disney World was operating under limited capacity, the park has been up and running since July of 2020.
With the reopening comes a slew of new and exciting attractions that out-of-state guests have been waiting for. Some of the park’s new attractions include the reopened Disney Paradise Pier Hotel and the Marvel-themed Avengers Campus. The Disneyland Hotel is also set to open on July 2.
Prior to the pandemic, Disneyland Resort was bringing in nearly 19 million guests from around the world each year. As of today, it is still one of the largest economic powerhouses in the state of California. The park recently expanded its theme park reservation window to 120 days in advance, allowing visitors to book their trips with more time to spare.
Disney officials pushed back against the California government’s prohibition for quite some time, as the parks division suffered quite heavily during the pandemic. In a yearly comparison, the Disney parks division reported a 44% revenue decrease compared to the same time last year, which amounts to a loss of $1.2 billion.
This allowance of out-of-state guests will mark a turning point for the parks division and a return to normalcy for one of the world’s biggest theme parks. As of today, Disneyland Paris is the only other theme park in the world that remains closed, though it has recently released a statement setting its reopen date for June 17th.