I Visited Downtown Disney Before Disneyland’s Reopening and Felt Safe

But in March, California announced stadiums and theme parks could open by April 1.


Downtown Disney.

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Shortly after, Disneyland said it would be welcoming a limited number of California residents back on April 30.

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“This is also good news for the Anaheim community, which depends on Disneyland for jobs and business generated by visitors,” Bob Chapek, the Walt Disney Company’s CEO, said in the annual shareholders meeting on March 9.

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Visitors take selfies in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle during the last day before Disneyland closes because of COVID-19 in Anaheim, California on March 13, 2020.

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I grew up in Orange County, California, just a 20 to 25 minute drive from the theme park.

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Visitors at Disneyland during the last day Disneyland was open before closing due to COVID-19.

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My fondness for Disneyland is comparable to that of my affection for In-N-Out: I love them both because they remind me of home and my childhood.


Downtown Disney.

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But following Disneyland’s reopening announcement in March, I was concerned.

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The vaccination line in a parking lot for Disneyland Resort in January.

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How could a theme park, known for attracting hordes of people, be safe to visit during the coronavirus pandemic?

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The vaccination line in a parking lot for Disneyland Resort in January.

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Visitors have been allowed to stroll around Downtown Disney while the neighboring theme parks have been closed. I hoped if Downtown Disney has strict health protocols, Disneyland’s reopening could as well.

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I decided to hop into my car on the overcast Thursday afternoon and drove up to Downtown Disney. And upon arriving at the parking lot, I was swiftly reminded of COVID-19 via a large health warning sign.


The entrance to the parking lot.

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From there, everywhere I looked, I saw another sign or poster reminding visitors of the ongoing health crisis.


Signs around Downtown Disney.

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And everywhere I looked, I saw a sign or poster reminding visitors of the ongoing health crisis.


The signs around Downtown Disney.

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… from markers on the floor, to posters on poles, to little signs on the food stands.


The churro stand at Downtown Disney.

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