- Visits to Disneyland reached 85% of its 2019 level this summer, according to the company Placer.ai.
- California’s COVID-19 restrictions closed the park for over a year.
- The state recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID test before visiting.
The happiest place on earth is getting back on its feet as attendance rose this summer to near pre-pandemic levels.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, saw about 85% of its attendance in 2019 at the end of the summer, according to the Orange County Register, citing a report from Placer.ai, a computer company that tracks foot traffic in theme parks, retailers, and restaurants .
The California-based park experienced a much slower recovery than its Florida counterpart, primarily due to varying COVID restrictions at the state level, according to Placer.ai’s report. California has stricter restrictions on vaccines and masks, and Disneyland saw a 27.1% drop in visits during the month of August compared to 2019, when coronavirus cases increased in the state. Florida’s Disney World saw a 15.3% drop in the same month.
In July, Disneyland visits fell by approximately 25.3% from 2019 attendance, and Disney World’s was only 8.2% lower.
Other factors affected the number of visitors to the parks, the report noted, such as weather, an increase in visitors’ household income and Labor Day Weekend declined in early September this year compared to major August in 2019.
Disneyland was closed for more than a year due to California’s coronavirus restrictions. The park returned to full capacity in June after reopening in April. Currently, all guests planning to visit Disneyland must make a reservation in advance and wear face masks while indoors, according to the park’s policy.
While not mandatory, the State of California strongly recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test before entering the Disneyland Resort.