ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – After being shuttered for the past year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland has announced that it will reopen to visitors at the end of April.
The theme park announced Wednesday that it will reopen both Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park on April 30. Per state guidelines, only California residents will be allowed to visit.
"The day all of us have long been waiting for is almost here," Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement. "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."
Tickets will have to be purchased in advance using a new reservation system. To enter the park, visitors will need both a reservation and valid admission. It's unclear when tickets will go on sale.
Events that involve large gatherings, such as the famous nighttime parades, will not immediately resume.
Earlier this month, California public health officials announced that all theme parks statewide can reopen as soon as April 1 once the counties they are in enter the red tier of the state's reopening blueprint.
Orange County moved into the red tier of the state's reopening blueprint this week, which allows for theme parks to reopen beginning as soon as April 1. They have been closed since March of 2020.
Under the guidelines, they will be allowed to reopen at 15% capacity, but with in-state visitors only. Visitors are limited to groups of no more than 10 and from no more than three households. No indoor dining is allowed and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
The Disneyland Resort hotels will reopen as well. The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will open April 29 and the Vacation Club Villas and Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen May 2.
The Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will remain closed until a later date.
On Thursday, Disneyland will launch "A Touch of Disney," an new outdoor dining experience at California Adventure Park. It will run through April 19.
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