That doesn’t surprise me. Our governor has shut things down again. Some are blanket shutdowns. Orange County, where DLR is located, has rising COVID-19 case. And Anaheim has the highest number of cases. Like everywhere else, it is with the 49 and younger category. That’s why the number of deaths is low despite the number of cases.
I’m watching those Orange County numbers closely. DS20 is scheduled to return to UC Irvine in Orange County at the end of September. The college is doing almost all remote learning but a select few lab classes will be in person. He has two in person lab classes in the fall. So, we are nervous. Despite almost all remote learning, the dorm, some athletic activities, and other student activities will open. It surprises me that parents would be willing to pay for room and board for remote learning. But maybe there is concern that housing wouldn’t be available if classes will be in person Winter and Fall. Who knows, things are changing by the day. With the dorm, the university reimbursed Spring room and board. DS20 was off campus. We have had to continue paying rent, even though he has been home since the end or March.
I’m really glad our local zoo FINALLY got the go ahead to reopen. It will reopen next week. It was going to go bankrupt this month. Come on! You can meter people in the zoo!
I’m really hoping WDW will be successful in keeping COVID-19 out of the bubble. That will hopefully provide another data point for DLR and CA’s governor to reopen DLR. We wouldn’t fly to WDW from CA in the near future. But if DLR opens, we would strongly consider going since we are only a 6 hour drive away. If DS20’s roommates don’t return to their apartment in the fall, DH and I could bunk with him for a couple of days! Looking at the crowd level at WDW lately… Here’s to wishful thinking…
I am more than half expecting my DD20’s college (Redlands in San Bernardino County) to announce that they will be all online this fall. But for now, we are planning to drive her down around August 20. An ideal time for a DLR visit! But alas, that is not happening.
Less than a month away… the unknown is hard for the super planners On this forum!
I just cancelled our hotel reservation for DLR. We had it from August 21-25, but I don’t think there is any hope. We also have other reservations for that time period to see Lassen Volcanic and Channel Islands National Parks. We’ll see if that even happens. I have made and cancelled so many hotel reservations during these last few months!
I’m sad to hear this but hope you find your way to the parks soon!
All the colleges in our area (central CA) have opted to go back online for the fall semester.
I am expecting the same for U of Redlands but they have not yet pulled the trigger on that decision.
There’s a new update today coming from DLR -
Guests with reservations through September 5th are being advised to modify or cancel their reservation.
New reservations for the Grand Californian Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel are available for September 16th and beyond. New reservations for the Disneyland Hotel are available for October 1st and beyond.
What do you infer from that? Anything new?
Nah… just more “kicking the can down the road”. IMHO - they don’t know when they’ll open + they haven’t come to agreement with all the Unions either about reopening. As you know, these places don’t just “start up” again. They have to put a lot of personal & procedures in place even in “normal” circumstances, let alone now.
From my time working for Six Flags, when you start cancelling through Labor Day weekend you are “waving a white flag” for the rest of the year. Obviously, CA is a different region than I’ve worked in as you don’t get winter there and can typically be open year round.
I don’t think DLR will ever come out & just say, “Try again next year!” It’ll just be these kind of “bumps” until CA gets to a “stable” Phase 3 of C-19. (Which who know when that’ll be if school reopening causes cases to spike.)
A lot “quotes” from me on this one today!
So I was watching a vlogger - MrCheezyPop - on Youtube last night. He went to D’town Disney yesterday and walked right up to the DCA gates. You can see they have added Plexiglas to turnstiles (Who knos how long ago??)
So at some point DLR was / is preparing to open during COIVD
That is a hopeful sign! The are also opening more of the restaurants. A friend and I were ponderering a quick overnight visit to DTD so we could just get a taste Of Disney, even if it is only shopping and dining. I am still recovering from Covid, so if it does actually happen, it won’t be for a couple of months. Maybe we might get lucky and the parks will start opening by then.
I’m honestly surprised they haven’t opened the parks to shopping and dining - or at least California Adventure. Knotts has done so. It’s not much different from expanding Downtown Disney. But I think Disney is trying to preserve the exclusivity of the park boundaries to ticketholders, and they don’t want to give an attractionless experience.
Well… now hotel reservations are cancelled through Sept. 12th…
No real surprise. IMHO - We’ll be lucky for a 2020 opening at all.
That has been my fear.
Today would have been my 30 day countdown mark. My TA, accidentally, reached out to ask if I was still going.
So sad! Maybe next year?
Definitely! As soon as the Sept 2021 reservations unlock I’m ready to rebook the same week!
I’m still holding out hope that they will open this year. If cases go down low enough they shouldn’t really be able to stop Disney from reopening. It would literally be the only Disney park in the world not to reopen.