Disneyland announces plans to reopen in July
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Disneyland is set to welcome guests again beginning in July, after the theme park closed for months amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The beloved park is set to reopen on July 17, exactly 65 years after it first opened, according to a Wednesday statement. 

Disney California Adventure park also plans to open on July 17. The Downtown Disney District, an area for visitors featuring restaurants and shops, will reopen on July 9. 


The reopenings are “pending state and local government approvals." 

Attendance at the Anaheim, Calif., park will be limited “to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing,” according to the Wednesday statement. Visitors will have to obtain a “reservation for park entry” online before traveling to the theme park.

Disneyland has been closed since March 12 as attractions around the world shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Disneyland holds a special place in the hearts of people around the world. It was created as a place where family members of all ages could have fun together – a place to 'leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.' Sixty-five years later it still is,” the statement said. 

Disneyland will reopen with “enhanced health and safety measures” that will “be shared soon.” It confirmed that activities at the theme park that “draw large group gatherings,” like parades and nighttime shows featuring fireworks, will not return immediately after the parks open. 

Visitors will not immediately be able to “meet” Disney characters at the park, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Disney princesses and others.

Disney World, the theme park in Orlando, Florida, will also begin reopening in July. Magic Kingdom, the most popular park, and Animal Kingdom are currently scheduled to reopen on July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen for business on July 15. 

The Walt Disney Co. reopened Shanghai Disneyland on May 11 after it closed in January.