Disneyland set to reopen with limited capacity ONLY to California residents after shuttering a year ago from Covid

DISNEYLAND is set to reopen with limited capacity and only to California residents after shuttering more than a year ago from Covid.

Theme parks Disneyland and Disney California Adventure – which are located in Anaheim, California -are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021.

Disneyland Resort announced the upcoming opening in a Wednesday news release.

A statement from Ken Potrock, president of the Disneyland Resort, read: "The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here.

"We’re excited to have more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we get ready to welcome our guests back to this happy place."

Anyone who wishes to enter the theme park will be required to take park in a reservation system prior to arriving at the California park.

"To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up," the news release explained.

"Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks in line with current state guidelines."

Anyone looking for more information about an upcoming visit to the park is urged to regularly visit Disneyland.com.

The company further explained: "The plans to open Disneyland Resort are phased and subject to change, to align with guidance released from time to time by health authorities and appropriate government agencies.

"This guidance is fluid and applicable at any given time as community situations change.

"With that guidance, many factors will determine the timing of when offerings may be available, and the status of indoor and outdoor experiences."

The park previously planned to open on July 17, 2020, but the decision did not receive state and local government approvals.

Disney's parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong have all reopened with limited capacity.

It's Anaheim, California parks, have remained shuttered through the pandemic.

Back in September 2020, Disney announced it was laying off 28,000 U.S. employees in its theme park businesses as amusement parks struggled to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The multibillion dollar media and amusement franchise chalked the layoffs up to prolonged closures at Disney's California-based theme parks, and even more limited attendance at the parks that are open.

The company announced the 28,000 layoffs would span across its parks, experiences, and consumer products division. It also added 67 percent of the employees getting laid off were part-time workers.

Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, wrote a letter to employees expressing sorrow at the news.

"I write this note to you today to share some difficult decisions that we have had to make regarding our Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products organization," he started the letter.

"Let me start with my belief that the heart and soul of our business is and always will be people. Just like all of you, I love what I do," D'Amaro continued. "I also love being surrounded by people who think about their roles as more than jobs, but as opportunities to be a part of something special, something different, and something truly magical."

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