California has stood firm in its restrictions regarding theme parks and other large venues reopening soon. However, as Disneyland has continues to push for its parks and resorts to open, plans about opening Buena Vista Street to guests and bringing some Cast Members back to work have continued to move forward.
As the parks have to wait for the state to move down to the Yellow or Minimal Tier to be considered for reopening, Disneyland is still doing what it can to prepare the parks and resorts ahead of time.
The Orange County Register has reported that Disneyland will be installing more than 23,000 more health and safety measures in the parks in preparation for their hopeful reopening. Some of these additional precautions include thousands of sanitization stations, protective barriers, and warning signs.
Disneyland Resort senior vice president of integration Mary Niven has stated that “When we reopen the parks, we’re going to have 50 new freestanding handwashing stations and over 1,000 hand sanitizing stations in guest and employee areas.” Currently, Downtown Disney is operating with a mandatory mask requirement, distancing measures, limited capacity, increased sanitization, and contactless payments on top of additional employee training.
When the parks open, Disneyland will be following similar precautions that Disney World has put in place. On top of the plexiglass dividers in attraction queues and ride vehicles, there will also be plexiglass at entry turnstiles and distancing markings on the ground. Niven has also detailed that “By the time we reopen, we’ll have over 20,000 COVID-19 related signs and markings and have installed over 2,000 plexiglass physical barriers in both our guest and cast areas.”
There will also be more places for Mobile Order locations in Disneyland in order to reduce wait times and crowding. The virtual queues that have been used in Downtown Disney recently will be put in place inside multiple stores and restaurants once the parks and resorts open as well.
Niven continued to outline other measures that Disneyland will be taking during a meeting with the Southern California News Group editorial board. She provided the information: “We have done a lot of work with our industrial engineers to assess every attraction and every attraction vehicle to really make sure that we can ensure that we maintain a minimum of six-foot distance between parties at all times. We’ve designated industrial hygienists as COVID-19 area coordinators in both our guest and employee areas to ensure that we have an auditing process.”
As Disneyland moves forward with its reopening procedures in the midst of California’s regulations, we’ll keep you updated with everything you need to know!
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