This is when Disneyland will likely reopen, according to Disney’s CEO

March 9, 2021Updated: March 9, 2021 1:34 p.m. Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park Courtesy of…

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

Courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Since the announcement last week that California theme parks can reopen as early as April 1, speculation has been swirling about when Disneyland might reopen. On Tuesday, we got the closest answer we’ve heard so far: Disney CEO Bob Chapek said today in the Walt Disney Company annual shareholders meeting that the park is eyeing an opening of “late April.”

“We are encouraged that theme parks now have a path toward reopening this spring, getting thousands of people back to work and greatly helping neighboring businesses and our entire community,” Disneyland President Ken Potrock said March 5 when the guidance was announced by the state. “With responsible Disney safety protocols already implemented around the world, we can’t wait to welcome our guests back and look forward to sharing an opening date soon.”

In California’s red tier, attendance will be capped at 15 percent of capacity, and in the orange tier will increase to 25 percent. Given Disneyland’s estimated 130,000 capacity between its two parks, that could initially be just shy of 20,000 people per day, and then 32,500 people in the orange tier. As is the case at Walt Disney World, reservations will likely be required in addition to park tickets.

No additional information on Disneyland’s opening date has been announced, but tickets for A Touch of Disney, the food and shopping event in Disney California Adventure that will allow people into the park without rides, were sold through the month of April.


Whether Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm might open closer to April 1 depends on when Los Angeles and Orange counties enter the red tier and how long their operations take to get up and running. Universal Studios’ Taste of Universal food event is opening in the park on March 12, and Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival started on March 5.

Last year, Universal Studios Orlando reopened far in advance of Walt Disney World. Universal opened June 5, whereas Disney had a tiered opening through mid-July after its pandemic closure.