No news yet, but there are signs that Disneyland could eventually reopen in some capacity. A few factors:
- Orange County was removed from the state’s Watchlist. This doesn’t mean theme parks are allowed to reopen, but it’s one step closer.
- Sea World San Diego will be reopening for “Zoo Days” on weekends starting Friday - outdoor encounters and dining only.
- Knott’s Berry Farm has opened its entire park to shopping and outdoor dining in a festival event.
The below article from MiceChat gave a few ideas for how Disneyland could imitate its competitors:
- Reopen Main Street for shopping. They could potentially just make it part of Downtown Disney operation and allow guests to shop the various stores on the street (using virtual queuing as necessary to limit access).
- Reopen Buena Vista Street for shopping.
- Relaunch the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, perhaps expanding it to also use all of the quick service windows as Knott’s has done. Guests could buy timed event tickets to ensure limited capacity.
I would add that over time, they could even open areas of the park purely for strolling / walking around. They could turn on water features and occasionally even run ride vehicles empty for kinetics?
My gut tells me Disney doesn’t want to open their parks until they can have attractions open, because they want to protect the integrity of the parks as a full-fledged entertainment experience. But with the pandemic continuing, it might be worth them exploring these other options.