Florida officials enabled the reopening of Walt Disney World in July with the state government's relatively casual approach to coronavirus safeguards. It doesn't seem to have been a disaster, and Disney succeeded in getting California to reopen its parks there.
Walt Disney Co’s two theme parks in California will reopen on April 30 to a limited number of guests, the company said on Wednesday, over a year after they closed to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attendance will initially be capped at roughly 15% of capacity, Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek said on CNBC television.
Advance reservations and a valid ticket will be required for entry. Guests will need to wear masks, practice social distancing and follow other safety measures.
The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, closed in mid-March of 2020. The resort includes the original Disneyland and the adjacent California Adventure theme parks.
Florida’s Walt Disney World reopened to visitors in July 2020 and Disney officials had been urging the state of California to ease reopening restrictions.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Richard Chang)
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Photo credit: Disney's California resorts are reopening. Pictured, in happier times, shown is Smugglers Run after the unveiling of Star Wars: Galaxyís Edge at Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.