On Tuesday, June 15, the State of California is scheduled to end all of its pandemic era restrictions — including mask mandates, social distancing guidelines, and theme park capacity restrictions. That means that Disneyland can begin allowing more Guests into the California theme parks, and Disney has reiterated that they are prepared to do so.
Currently, Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort theme parks only have the option to park at the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures at the Resort, or the Simba parking lot if they are visiting the Downtown Disney District. However, that could soon be changing. Instagram user April & A Disney Shopper (@aprilg0420) shared the news of the rumored change in her Instagram story. She stated that the Toy Story parking lot is set to reopen on June 18.
The Toy Story parking lot on June 18 is located down the street from the Disneyland Resort and across from the Anaheim Convention Center. It has been closed since the theme parks shut down due to the pandemic but was used temporarily as a COVID-19 vaccination site for several months.
The potential opening of the Toy Story parking lot is a big signal that both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will indeed be increasing their capacities beginning on June 15. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are currently operating at a limited 35% capacity but will not have any capacity restrictions starting next week. Disney also continues to add more theme park reservation availability on a rolling basis, providing more Disney fans with the opportunity to make a reservation to visit the Parks.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has indicated that Disneyland is ready to handle more Guests the day that it is allowed to do so. In a second-quarter earnings call, he said the following:
“And since we’ve opened up Disneyland Resort, intent to visit is actually growing as well. So we’re thrilled with the Guest response to that. So, as capacity limits increased we don’t think we’re going to have any problem at all sort of increasing our attendance to match that capacity.”
It is important to note that, while Disneyland will be able to increase its Park capacity, and it will begin to allow more Guests, Disneyland Resort officials have not said what they will be increasing capacity to at this time.
In addition to increased capacity, June 15 marks the first day that out-of-state Guests will be able to visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks since they reopened on April 30. Face masks will continue to be required for all Guests over the age of two, as well as a valid theme park ticket and reservation.
Parking at both the Mickey & Friends parking lot as well as the Toy Story parking lot will cost $25 for regular parking and $30 for oversized vehicles such as a motor home. Preferred parking will cost $40 per vehicle. Disney has recently tried to make parking in its lots easier by allowing Guests to pre-pay and purchase a parking pass online.
Disneyland has not confirmed the opening of the Toy Story lot on its website at this time. Inside The Magic will keep you updated as more changes are made!
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