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Disneyland will reopen April 30, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced Wednesday on CNBC’s Squawk Alley. The Anaheim theme park has been shuttered since last March.
“We’ve seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world,” Chapek told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. “We’ve been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand.”
Shortly after Chapek’s appearance, Disney sent out more specifics about the plan, including the news that 10,000 furloughed employees would be recalled to work.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen April 30, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen April 29.
Due to state pandemic restrictions, capacity at the resort will be greatly reduced. Disneyland will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for entry in advance, along with a same-day ticket for guests ages 3 and up.
For now, due to state restrictions, only California residents may visit the parks.
The Disneyland Resort is in Orange County, which days ago was able to move into the less restrictive “red tier” of the state’s pandemic system.
Since last summer, Disneyland officials had been calling for theme parks to be allowed to reopen with new health and safety measures in place. The Downtown Disney shopping and dining district has been open since last July. And Disney recently announced that California Adventure would be expanded into the open area for additional shopping and dining.
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