When Will Disneyland Reopen?

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If you’re like me, you’ve been asking two questions a lot: When will Disneyland reopen? When will California Adventure reopen? These two questions get asked a bunch these days, because people (like us!) want to go back to The Most Magical Place on Earth. With all the rumors swirling, I wanted to take a minute to look at the facts, so that we can figure out some answers to when Disneyland will reopen. Scroll on down for all the answers we have so far.

Note: There is newer info here.

All the Disney Parks Reopening Timeline

When Will Disneyland Reopen? The Magic Is Returning [Source: Disney Parks]
The Magic Is Returning [Source: Disney Parks]

Here is everything that has happened with the Disney Parks since March 2020:

Walt Disney World Reopening [Source: Disney Parks]
Walt Disney World’s Reopening Announcement [Source: Disney Parks]

You’ll notice that one very important piece of this Disney Parks puzzle is missing, and it’s the one that started them all: Disneyland Resort in sunny Southern California.

When Will Disneyland Reopen?

So, the questions on everyone’s minds and lips at the moment are:

  • When will Disneyland Resort reopen?
  • When will California reopen?
  • Is Disneyland ever reopening, or is Disneyland closed down for good?
  • When is the Disneyland phased reopening?
  • Is there going to be a phased reopening at California Adventure?

Basically, people want to know what’s up with DL and CA, and when they can go back and celebrate with Mickey Mouse and Friends.

Disneyland Without Guests [Source: Disneyland]
Disneyland Without Guests [Source: Disneyland]

Honestly, that’s what I want to know, too. The truth of the matter is that nobody knows exactly when it will happen. Governor Gavin Newsom and Josh D’Amaro have been in communication about it, but nothing is set in stone quite yet.

The Official Disneyland Resort Parks website reads:

Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals.

Disneyland Entrance Without Park Guests [Source: Reddit]

So, I decided to do a little digging and research of my own to see if we could figure it all out, and this is what I’ve found:

When will Disneyland reopen? Nobody knows for sure, so this is 100% a guess, but it makes sense that Disneyland and California Adventure could begin a phased reopening process as early as November 6, 2020.

Why Could Disneyland Reopen on November 6, 2020?

There is one major reason for this: Holiday Season.

See the previous Holidays and Christmas dates below to get a sense of what timeframe we’re looking at:

A Google Snapshot of Disneyland Holidays and Christmas Dates from 2019 [Source: Google]
A Google Snapshot of Disneyland Holidays and Christmas Dates from 2018 [Source: Google]

In 2018, Disneyland’s holiday season began officially on November 9th, a Friday.

A Google Snapshot of Disneyland Holidays and Christmas Dates from 2019 [Source: Google]
A Google Snapshot of Disneyland Holidays and Christmas Dates from 2019 [Source: Google]

In 2019, Disneyland’s holiday season began officially on November 8th, a Friday.

It would make sense that Disney would want to reopen the parks on a similar day in 2020: The closest day that makes sense on the calendar is Friday, November 6, 2020.

And, when we look at Disney World’s holiday season this year, we see that that’s exactly the case!

Walt Disney World Holiday Season 2020 [Source: Walt Disney World]
Walt Disney World Holiday Season 2020 [Source: Walt Disney World]

So, that brings us to November 6, 2020 for Disneyland and California Adventure as a possible guess at a reopening date, for Holiday Season 2020.

The website doesn’t give specifics, but this date makes the most sense, based on Walt Disney World’s calendar, and based on the schedule from previous years:

This way, they can make sure we all get celebrate the holidays at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Keep in mind: November 1, 2020, is very close to the election (Nov. 3), so it makes sense that Disney might not want to reopen then, since the news cycle will be focused on other things. This is also a good time to remind you: PLEASE GO VOTE! Learn how here.

But a little later, on November 6, 2020, could be the perfect ticket!

Plus, Disney has lost a lot of revenue this year. By reopening for the holiday season and holiday rush, Disney might actually be able to recoup some of that lost profit. Who knows? Maybe they can even bring back all the Cast Members who lost their jobs. That would be fantastic!

The last point is this: Disneyland cannot reopen until the State of California gives it permission to do so. Disney will, of course, need to have standards and protocols and be able to train all their employees to abide by the new laws and best practices. This will be true for all theme parks in California, not just the Disney Parks.

What do you think? Will Disneyland reopen in November in time for Christmas and the holidays?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below or on Twitter @disfordisney_.

Have a magical day!

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