It may be time reopen the Magic Kingdom as California has issued new guidance for theme parks and sports stadiums.
On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom began issuing guidance for the reopening of larger venues throughout the state of California. This includes Major League Baseball stadiums as well as theme parks such as Disneyland.
“With the increased distribution of the vaccine, with the behavior of Californians who have taken this pandemic seriously, who have adapted their behavior accordingly … we feel like this is a good time to begin to provide additional visibility into how we can move forward opening parts of the economy,” said Dee Dee Myers, director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “This gives some of the bigger employers a chance to ramp up, get ready for April 1, should they be in an appropriate tier, and to begin to move forward based on the data and the science.”
The plan calls for a limited capacity of 15% for theme parks in the red tier of California’s pandemic plan. That number rises to 25% in the orange tier and 35% in the yellow tier.
Orange County, home to Disneyland, is currently in the red tier.
Disneyland closed on March 14, 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Disney World, the sister theme park located in Florida, was able to reopen in July 2020 to limited capacity.
While Disneyland will be able to reopen on April 1, that doesn’t mean the park will do so. With the extended closure a lot of work will need to be done to make sure all of the attractions are ready to accept visitors once again as well as ordering in new food supplies, retesting castmembers on safety procedures and so on. But it appears that the gates will finally be swinging open once again to the most magical place on Earth.