A small bit of good news for the reopening of Disneyland as the Anaheim City Council voted 6-1 to support a state assembly bill that would change the incredibly strict guidelines for theme parks reopening in California.

The change in the bill would allow theme parks such as Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park to reopen in the moderate tier instead of the smallest one.

Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, the Disneyland Resort is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

So what does all of this mean? Disneyland moves from Tier 4 to Tier 3 which would allow the park to reopen at 25% capacity.

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu had this to say on the bill:

Nobody is saying we want to reopen Disneyland today. This legislation does not seek to change the tiers. It only expresses that large theme parks with the bigger footprints and significantly greater resources to establish safety protocols should be able to open in the same tier as the small parks.

This makes a lot of sense to me. There doesn’t appear to be any reason other than politics as to why smaller parks are able to open at reduced capacity and bigger parks can’t. If anything, Disneyland has more space to be able to implement social distancing rules when comparing to smaller theme parks in the state.

A reminder that the Disneyland Resort has been closed since March 14th 2020.