Happiest Place on Earth has good news

Disneyland targets late April reopening; massive theme park in Anaheim closed last March

(Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
(Getty, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)

It was a sad day last March when the Happiest Place on Earth had to close because of Covid.

But Disneyland is now targeting a late April reopening, according to the Los Angeles Times. Disney Company executives announced the news at Tuesday’s shareholder meeting. Disneyland in Anaheim employs upwards of 10,000 people.

The news coincided with California’s decision this week to loosen restrictions for theme park reopenings.

Statewide, theme parks can open their doors as soon as April 1 — at 15 percent capacity — as long as they follow prescribed county coronavirus metrics.

Disneyland is in Orange County, which along with L.A. County is in the most severe tier of the state’s four-tier pandemic tracking system — purple. Theme parks in those counties cannot open but data released Tuesday showed that Covid is slowing in both places. When those counties fall into the red tier, they would reach the threshold for reopening. That is expected to happen once the state has administered 2 million shots of the vaccines.

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Theme parks in counties that fall into the orange tier can allow 25 percent capacity, and those that reach the yellow tier can allow 35 percent.

Representatives from Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood said they won’t announce a reopening date yet.

The state’s latest rules scale back from previous orders that did not allow theme parks to reopen until their county reached the yellow tier.

Disney’s Epcot theme park and Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, reopened last July, after a mid-March closure.

[LAT] — Dennis Lynch 

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