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Disney CEO confirms a late April opening for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

In late April 2021 the streets of Anaheim will welcome back the happy sounds of tourists heading to the Disneyland resort. Today, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that the resort was aiming to reopen at some point in late April.

According to a message from Chapek posted to social media today, the resort is currently in the process of recalling 10,000 cast members as it prepares to welcome guests back to the parks.

We’re still awaiting word of a specific date for reopening, but this is definitely good news.

When the parks reopen, it will have been a long 13 months since the resort shutdown in March of 2020. At the time, we knew the closure would be long term, but we didn’t expect it to be this long.

As we reported earlier this week, California issued new guidelines stating that theme parks in the state could reopen at 15% capacity beginning April 1 as long as the county makes it into the red tier. 

If trends continue as expected Orange County, CA, will be in the red tier any day now. So wear your mask y’all.

With capacity capped at 15% until the Orange tier is reached, don’t expect all attractions and shows to return right away. 

It was also announced that the Avengers campus at Disney California Adventure won’t reopen until later in 2021. This is not unexpected given the need to cap attendance.

Disney’s Grand Californian had announced the DVC side would open May. But we expect more of the hotel rooms to open now. No official announcement yet.

With the Annual Passholder program discontinued, the other thing were waiting to hear is how the ticket and reservation system will work. We expect that program is being finalized now and we should learn more soon.

Booking a resort stay at Walt Disney World doesn’t guarantee theme park admission, but Disneyland might work differently.

Are you planning on going to Disneyland if you can get a reservation?

6 thoughts on “Disney CEO confirms a late April opening for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.”

  1. I’ve had the So-Cal tickets since last March never used. How is the 25% going to work? Don’t want to go with 6 adults and 2 kids just to get turned away. Please help.

    1. If you mean Annual Passes, those will be refunded according to a pro-rated formula. Look at the Disneyland website for more information. If you have regular admission, they’re still valid, but Disneyland will probably switch to a reservation system. So you’ll have to use the Disneyland app to make a reservation for a day. Then you can know that when you get there on that day, you’ll be allowed in. No official policy has been announced yet, so stay tuned.

      See DL’s official travel information page:

    1. Thank you for replying. Since our So-Cal 3 day tickets are still good will I be able to just make reservations without buying tickets? Is there any idea when we will be able to start making reservations?

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