Disneyland announces reopening with limited capacity


Samantha Blandon , Senior

After a year of closure due to the pandemic, Disneyland has announced the reopening of its theme park and hotels on April 30th, with the sanitary precautions of limited capacity and social distancing. Many are excited and are looking forward to revisiting the “Happiest Place on Earth” for the first time since its closure in March 2020. 

New state guidelines allow theme parks and sports stadiums to open based on the results of the current vaccination rollout and COVID-19 cases dropping. Until further notice, the park will only be open to California residents, while admitting as few as 15 percent of their visitors. Masks are required for everyone over the age of two, along with other safety measures such as temperature screenings and a new ticketing/reservation system. 

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer of Disney, announced safeguards are in place for of all those participating: “Consumers trust Disney to do the right thing and we’ve certainly proven that we can open responsibly, whether it’s temperature checks, masks, social distancing, or improved hygiene around the parks.” 

 Despite the park being open, events like parades and indoor dining will remain unavailable for the time being. There are also restrictions and health concerns for some attractions, especially for those that take place indoors or enter a closed space for a short amount of time. 

NHS student and Disney fan, Clarissa Jimenez, expressed her uncertainty: “It’s exciting that they’re reopening, but a lot of rides will still be closed and it just won’t be the same experience it used to be.” 

For those who want to attend, even with the limitations, the following rides will be open for visitors to enjoy: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, It’s A Small World, King Arthur Carrousel, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.