Disneyland will open California Adventure for a “special limited-time ticketed event” in March. About 1,000 Disneyland employees will return for the first time since March of last year for the special event. Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said there would be a “signature Disney experience” to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of Disney California Adventure, though he did not give much information.
The California Adventure event will focus primarily on food and beverages, although “the latest merchandise and unique and thoughtfully designed entertainment experiences will also be available,” according to Ken Potrock. While people will surely be happy to be able to enter the park again, there will be no rides in operation during the event. It is also unclear how many people will be allowed inside the park or when the exact date of the event will be. Regardless, this could offer visitors their first real look at the upcoming Avengers Campus, which has been testing its nighttime lighting for the past week.
Disneyland, California Adventure and the rest of California’s theme parks have been closed since March 2020. “While that’s not all we want to achieve, it’s a start,” said Ken Potrock. “Teams are working as we speak to begin remembering Cast identified in the coming weeks.” As for when the parks will be able to reopen, that’s currently unclear, but it’s something Disney is paying close attention to. “The past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but that has in no way restricted our ability to move forward in a spirit of optimism,” Potrock said.
Outdoor dining has been available at Downtown Disney since last summer. Just opening restaurants was enough to bring back more than 300 Disney employees, and it is often run at capacity, even during the week, when one would assume it would be less crowded. That said, California Assembly Members Sharon Quirk Silva and Suzette Valladares just introduced a new bill that would allow California’s theme parks to open sooner rather than later. California Governor Gavin Newsom has received much criticism for not allowing parks to reopen over the past year, with many pointing to Florida, which has had its parks open since July.
Governor Gavin Newsom is waiting for the case numbers to start to decline before he even thinks about opening parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios. If the new bill passes, it will allow parks to be opened with strict safety guidelines, including limited capacity. With the restaurants at Downtown Disney filling up on a daily basis, it’s safe to assume that Disneyland will be a very hot ticket when it can reopen, so expect a waiting list when everything kicks in. Good morning america was one of the first outlets to report on the California Adventure 20th anniversary special event.
Topics: Disneyland, Disney