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The flagship Disney (DIS) tourist complex, which houses Disneyland and its sister theme park California Adventure, plans to reopen with limited capacity on April 30, the company announced Wednesday.

“The day we’ve all been waiting for a long time is almost here,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement Wednesday. “We look forward to more than 10,000 cast members returning to work as we prepare to welcome our guests to this happy place.”

But, “until further notice,” only California residents can visit the parks because of state health guidelines, the company said. Security measures include mandatory masks for guests over the age of 2, social distancing, and the use of a new ticketing system to help manage capacity.

Still, the reopening of Disneyland is an important moment, as the company tries to bounce back after the coronavirus outbreak slowed its business.

While the company’s media empire was hit hard, with overproduction after delayed overproduction, it is Disney’s lucrative parks and resorts business that received the biggest hit.

“It’s the latest sign that things are back to normal for the Disney company,” Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, told CNN Business. “Having the original Walt Disney park closed, even with the others open, was still a reminder that something was wrong.”

Although Disney World and other Disney parks have been able to reopen, the closing months led to major layoffs with the company, which lost more than 32,000 employees. The Disney tourist unit had employed more than 170,000 people worldwide, but has not released updated numbers since the layoffs.
Disneyland’s reopening is “staggered and subject to change” based on the evolution of the authorities ’guidelines. The reopening date comes after the state of California he said earlier this month which would allow the reopening of amusement parks with limited capacity from 1 April.

Disney said the Grand Californian, a Disneyland-owned hotel, will reopen on April 29. The rest of the resort’s hotels, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disneyland Hotel, “will reopen later.”

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