This week California lifted most of its COVID restrictions and Disneyland made some changes as well. Not all COVID-era changes are gone though. Some will be around for a while.
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“I don’t want to say we are going to go back to the way it was,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said Thursday about managing the parks. “I want to be really smart in the way we do this.”
One of the biggest changes that is here to stay at the Disneyland Resort is the park reservation system. This system helps control the number of guests visiting the parks each day. Virtual queues are also remaining in place for the foreseeable future. Virtual queues allow guests to reserve a spot in line for some of the most popular attractions.
The annual passholder program was suspended in January but will be replaced with a new membership program. D’Amaro said the new program “will reflect the behavior of our superfans” and that more details will be released soon.
Rides and attractions in the parks continue to reopen, temperature checks are no longer required for guests, vaccinated guests can now enjoy the parks mask-free, and nighttime fireworks will return on July 4th!
Parades and opportunities to meet costumed characters are expected to come back at an unspecified later date. The Disneyland Monorail and the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride remain closed, with no reopening date announced. Now that park capacity has increased, crowd size has gone up along with ride wait times.
D’Amaro says the pent-up demand of Disney fans is the reason for the crowd increase. “The yearning for the Disney experience has grown stronger over the pandemic,” he said.
Have you been to Disneyland since the parks reopened?