California Dropping Mask Requirement. Is Disneyland Next?
California is ending its indoor mask mandate. Is Disneyland Resort next?
We’ll discuss what’s in play along with other developments at the Happiest Place on Earth.
California Changing Mask Requirements
Much can change in a few weeks. At the start of 2022, the Omicron outbreak had devastated many of the country’s most populated areas.
Los Angeles County alone registered more than 200,000 new cases in a week. In January, the Golden State listed 221,000 new infections on a single day.
At the time, nobody was talking about the end of any COVID-19 requirements. Now, the situation has changed dramatically.
Omicron has peaked and is diminishing in impact, leading to much lower infection rates.
I don’t need to remind you that California has erred on the side of caution with its COVID-19 approach throughout the pandemic.
Disneyland famously remained closed for more than a year due to health policies in place in the state.
Massive public gatherings like theme park attendance simply weren’t possible under the old rules. That’s why it’s so notable what’s happening this week.
On February 15th, California will allow its current indoor face-covering requirement to expire.
The state had tried this once before in June of 2021. Then, during the December outbreak, the Golden State reimplemented its mask mandate.
Initially, the expiration date was January 15th, but the state extended it by a month. That apparently won’t happen this time.
Once California ends its current indoor mask mandate, Disneyland Resort will have the option to drop its requirements.
What will almost certainly happen is that Universal Studios Hollywood drops its mask mandate first. In fact, I expect that to happen this week, barring something unforeseen.
Disney will continue to heed advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But importantly, this organization hasn’t moved away from face masks yet.
So, we’re probably waiting on that before anything changes at Disneyland.
Still, unless another outbreak occurs, we’re looking at a mask-free summer at the parks.
Disneyland Park Updates
Have you missed the iconic trams at Disneyland Resort? I read social media, so I know you do.
Even though Disneyland reopened last April, it hasn’t run the trams yet…but they’ll be back soon!
On February 25th, less than two weeks from now, the trams will finally return to operation after an extended absence of nearly two years.
In refurbishment news, the Matterhorn Bobsleds is the first of four Disneyland attractions to undergo renovations soon.
This roller coaster will close from February 28th through March 4th, give or take a day or two.
On March 8th, Indiana Jones Adventure will undergo renovations through March 11th. After that, Pirates of the Caribbean performs its maintenance on March 14th.
As I type this, the Disneyland calendar only goes through March 26th. It doesn’t list a reopening date for Pirates. So we’re left guessing on how long it’ll stay offline.
Thus far in 2022, Disney has either run early or late with its scheduled renovations. For this reason, you should always check the schedule on the day of your visit.
About DCA Food & Wine…
The other ride news involves an upcoming event. Every Disneyland fan’s favorite, Soarin’ Over California, will return at Disney California Adventure (DCA).
The original version of Soarin’ is available due to the impending 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
You can expect the smell of orange groves from March 4th through April 26th, the end of the event.
Along those lines, DCA also confirmed all the marketplaces available for the 2022 exhibition.
- Avocado Time – Indulge in flavorful medleys that make your mouth sing.
- Berry Patch – Hail the big berry for top billing!
- California Craft Brews – Cheers to a round from California’s best local breweries.
- Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo – Rally for these sliders, wings ‘n’ beer—a sports fan’s dream!
- D•Lish – Enjoy delicious sweet and savory dishes sure to delight!
- Garlic Kissed – Stop by to savor mouthwatering dishes and specialty beverages.
- Golden Dreams – Tempt taste buds with well-seasoned eats and nectarous drinks.
- I Heart Artichokes – Partake in the thistle—prepared in 2 different ways!
- LA Style – Feast on favorite southland food-truck flavors.
- Nuts About Cheese – Let us introduce you to wine’s best friends.
- Peppers Cali-Ente – Snack on hot ‘n’ spicy fare with a Cali twist!
- Uncork California – Sip vino by the glass or try a flight.
Also, Disney is selling Sip and Savor Passes again for 2022. So, have fun, Disneyland vacationers!