Shortly after, Disneyland said it would be welcoming a limited number of California residents back on April 30.
“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.
I grew up in Orange County, California, just a 20 to 25 minute drive from the theme park.
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.
But following Disneyland’s reopening announcement in March, I was concerned.
How could a theme park, known for attracting hordes of people, be safe to visit during the coronavirus pandemic?
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.
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.
From there, everywhere I looked, I saw another sign or poster reminding visitors of the ongoing health crisis.
And everywhere I looked, I saw a sign or poster reminding visitors of the ongoing health crisis.
… from markers on the floor, to posters on poles, to little signs on the food stands.