The announcement affects all of California’s amusement parks, including Magic Mountain and Universal Studios, along with sports and concert venues
“We feel like now is the appropriate time to begin to reintroduce these activities in some fashion, and in a guarded way, in a slow and steady way,” Ghaly said in a teleconference.
It’s not just Disneyland that’s been hurt. Theme parks, sports and concert venues have been shuttered in California for nearly a year to reduce spread of Covid-19.
Disney profits have been hit by closures
An employee cleans the grounds behind the closed gates of Disneyland Park on the first day of the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on March 14, 2020.
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“With responsible Disney safety protocols already implemented around the world, we can’t wait to welcome our guests back and look forward to sharing an opening date soon.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers labor union applauded the announcement as well.
“Our Disney cast members are heartened by this good news today that the Disney parks will be reopening in a month,” said Andrea Zinder, president of UFCW’s Local 324, in a statement.
“They have been furloughed or out of a job for a year now and are excited to go back to work to provide Californians with a bit more magic in their lives.”
Why the parks can reopen in California
For an amusement part to reopen, the spread of Covid-19 in each county where a theme park is located must be reduced enough to advance out of the state’s most restrictive reopening tier.
Cinderella’s Castle is the iconic symbol of Disneyland.
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California has four color-coded tiers with purple being the most stringent. As of Friday, Los Angeles and Orange counties, home to Disneyland and Universal Studios, remained in the purple tier. Both will likely advance to the less-restrictive red tier in the next week or two.
For theme parks located in the red tier, attendance will be limited to 15% of capacity, and only California residents will be allowed to reserve admission to the parks. California remains under a statewide travel advisory that asks residents to remain within 120 miles from their homes.
There will be a time limit on indoor rides, though most are fairly short and already socially distanced. Thrill-seekers will be generally required to queue up outside and enter in groups.
Status of other Disney parks
The pandemic affected Disney’s park operations around the world.
A visitor wears the now-ubiquitous face mask sits on a ride at Disneyland Resort in Hong Kong on June 18, 2020.
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Hong Kong Disneyland reopened in February. It was the third reopening for the park since the start of the pandemic.
CNN’s Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley and Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.