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Disneyland Resort may not be able to reopen under the state’s pandemic guidelines, but that is not stopping the destination from finding other options for visitors.
On Friday, Disney announced it would be opening California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street next month for shopping and outdoor dining. The rides will remain closed. Downtown Disney has been open since July. And even with the theme park closed, the shopping and dining district has been popular; parking has been halted several times over the weekends to control the influx of customers. The Backlot Premiere Shop at Stage 17, showcasing an array of seasonal merchandise, also recently opened. Just as with Downtown Disney, guests at California Adventure will be required to have their temperature checked and wear a proper mask. Capacity will be capped to allow for social distancing.
The news comes the same week that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration introduced guidelines for major theme parks to reopen that were immediately blasted as “unworkable” by officials from several SoCal destinations.
State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly introduced the guidelines, under which parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Legoland California Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm cannot operate until their respective counties are placed in Tier 4 “Yellow” (minimal). Once open, all will be required a limited capacity of 25 percent. Disney’s Orange County is currently in the “Red” (substantial) tier. Universal’s Los Angeles County is at Tier 1 “Purple” (widespread). Smaller theme parks will not have as difficult a path to reopen since they are mostly outdoors and draw crowds mainly from nearby. Therefore, they can open once their county is in the Orange tier.
The major parks, along with California Attractions and Parks Association, are considering legal action.
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