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Disneyland reopens, but don’t pack the bags just yet

By Bryan Goodland; courtesy photo
Photo of Disneyland

The happiest place on earth reopened its gates on April 30, but don’t pack the Mickey bags just yet. While this is exciting news for those in the Castle Pines community with pent-up longings for a quintessential Disney family vacation, this initial opening is only for Californians, and proof of residency is required by the parks.

Disneyland first opened its gates to the public on July 17, 1955. Originally, the park operated Monday through Friday, and up until March 2020 when the park closed for more than a year, it had only closed three times (for one day) since its grand opening.

The park closed November 25, 1963 as part of the national day of mourning for President John F. Kennedy, in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, and on September 11, 2001 following the terrorist attacks on our country.

Walt Disney World in Florida is also currently open. Capacity at some parks, hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be limited, modified or unavailable, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Be sure to check guidelines for each location by visiting or

Does your family have a special or unique connection to Disneyland or Walt Disney World? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Email



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