Disneyland to increase attendance, drop mask requirements for vaccinated visitors, end physical distancing and continue with advance reservations as state ends most COVID-19 health and safety measures .
Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer of Disney Parks, described the changes coming to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure once the pandemic restrictions end in a letter to employees on Monday, June 14.
The full reopening of the California economy on Tuesday, June 15 after a 15-month pandemic hibernation will allow theme parks across the state to return to full capacity and end most COVID-related health and safety measures -19.
Disneyland will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated visitors starting Tuesday. Unvaccinated Disneyland visitors should continue to wear a mask – except when dining.
Visitors to Disneyland will be asked to self-certify their vaccination status before entering the parks, but proof of vaccination will not be required.
Visitors should also recognize the state’s strong recommendation to get fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test before entering Disneyland or DCA when booking.
All visitors – regardless of their immunization status – will be required to wear a mask when traveling by bus to and from the parks once the Toy Story parking lot reopens on Friday, June 18.
Disneyland and DCA will no longer require physical distancing from Tuesday – Anaheim theme parks removing ground markings and signage. Visitors will be allowed to “determine their own distances” from June 15, according to Hymel’s letter.
Disneyland’s new reservation system will remain in place as attendance at the park increases.
“While we have realized the benefits of reservations to help manage customer visits and deliver an even better experience, our reservation system will continue and we will gradually increase footfall as our operations allow,” Hymel said in the letter.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen on Tuesday, and Disneyland Hotel will return on July 2 – both with reduced capacity.
Certain Disneyland and DCA experiences and entertainment will remain closed. More than two dozen attractions and two dozen restaurants have remained closed at Disneyland and DCA.
Disneyland will also drop on-site temperature checks for visitors and employees on Tuesday. Employees are still required to perform a temperature check as part of their home health examination before reporting to work.
Disneyland employees will continue to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet based on state guidelines, according to Hymel.
Disney employees required to wear a face shield in addition to a mask can wear an N95 mask, safety glasses or a face shield starting Tuesday with their company-issued mask.