The Disneyland resort in California begins welcoming visitors from outside the state on June 15, Disney announced, Wednesday, after the initially popular theme park reopens only to California residents due to government public health restrictions set to lift soon.
Disneyland reopened on April 30 with limited operating capacity after a year-long shutdown, and visitors had to provide proof of their California residency in order to be able to visit the parks.
California public health guidelines have allowed visitors from outside the state to enter theme parks but only if they are fully vaccinated, as other entertainment cities such as Universal Studios Hollywood do, but Disney has not followed suit.
June 15 is the day California prepares to lift social distancing restrictions that remain in place, including a statewide requirement to wear a face mask.
Park visitors still have to pre-book entry in addition to purchasing a ticket, which helps limit visitor capacity.
An obligation to wear a face mask
With the California lifting of restrictions ending on June 15, Disney may ease its restrictions on wearing face masks in parks.
Disney in Florida recently lifted mandatory face-mask restrictions in response to new public health guidelines, with the resort mandating indoor wear even though Florida does not require residents to wear face masks statewide.
The company recorded a 44% decrease in revenue at its garden unit in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, with an operating loss of $ 406 million, down $ 1.2 billion from the same period last year.
Disneyland’s expansion to welcome visitors from outside the state is part of the process of returning to normal life at Disney parks this coming June, however, Disneyland Paris – the only Disney park worldwide that remains closed until now – will reopen. Next June 17.