Disneyland Announces Date for Partial California Adventure Reopen

More than 200 furloughed employees have been recalled.

Disneyland on Thursday announced the date that a portion of California Adventure will reopen. Buena Vista Street will welcome back guests beginning Nov. 19 for shopping and outdoor dining.

Currently, the Downtown Disney district is open, but the rest of the sprawling Southern California resort remains closed because of restrictions put in place to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is assumed the reopened area will be decorated in Disney's signature holiday style.

It was announced last month that California Adventure (sans rides) would reopen amid the ongoing battle between the state's major theme parks and Gov. Gavin Newsom. Last week, eight SoCal mayors sent Newsom a joint letter in which they asked that he reconsider the stringent qualifications for the theme parks to reopen. It is unclear if he responded.

As far as California Adventure, fans were encouraged by the news, and likely so were employees, as hundreds were recalled from furlough. Disneyland food and beverage union Workers United Local 50 alone informed members that more than 200 would return to work.

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 for periods nearly every weekend to control the influx of customers.

The Backlot Premiere Shop at Stage 17, showcasing an array of seasonal merchandise, also 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.