More than a year after COVID-19 shut down Disneyland’s hotels, some rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are now scheduled to reopen on May 2. 

In an email to members of the Disney Vacation Club — Disney’s timeshare program — DVC senior vice president and general manager Terri Schultz said the reopening will only cover the DVC units at the resort. 

“Our Cast Members on the West Coast are excited to make their magic once again and ‘welcome home’ Members with enhanced health and safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies,” Schultz said. 

The letter added that other parts of the hotel will remain closed, as will the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel. Disneyland’s two theme parks will also remain closed, though Disney California Adventure is supposed to partially reopen in March for a food event, without any rides or attractions. 

Disneyland’s hotels and theme parks closed on March 14, 2020, the same week the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. While Walt Disney World has since reopened — with restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 — Disneyland and other California parks have not been allowed to welcome back guests. 

Only once before during the pandemic has Disneyland announced reopening dates for any of its hotels. The Grand Californian had a proposed reopening date of July 23, 2020, but amid opposition from some Disneyland unions and a lack of guidance from the state of California, Disney called off its reopening plans weeks later.

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