Disneyland is known for open being every day of the year, and has only had unplanned closures as a result of tragedy or safety, with the closures only lasting one day, but last year all of that changed, when COVID shut down Disneyland for over 365 days. On April 30 Disneyland reopened, but Patrick and I waited until our vaccines had fully kicked in (and give Disneyland some time to work out any kinks) to finally return to the park.
Despite being annual passholders, I honestly didn’t suffer the withdrawals many other APs I saw many others experience on social media. Prior to moving here we went to Disneyland roughly once a year. But, despite all that, I really wanted to wear something nice for our return, so I decided to wear the dress I initially made for Dapper Day 2020, which didn’t happen, obviously.
The fabric is based on vintage wrapping paper my dad found in being used as a drawer liner in a vintage dresser he bought to resell, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out thanks to Patrick’s keen computer skills.
Much like Universal Studios, there were a lot of precautions taken by the park and ourselves. The park had limited capacity, distanced lines, and various attractions, stores, restaurants, and experiences were unavailable. Sadly, several of my favorite restaurants were closed, including Golden Horseshoe and Royal Street Veranda. Additionally, the open restaurants served from a limited menu. While chipmunk hugs were not available, I still got to see plenty of characters, who were perched high above the crowds, and I was especially pleased to see Miguel from Coco added to Frontierland. We double masked, did very few indoor attractions, and used hand sanitizer like it was going out of style. I’ll say I continue to feel safer at theme parks than I did at an indoor shopping mall, or even at a flea market. Overall I felt the park did a good job of handling things, but I am wary of what the future holds after California reopens June 15, including the lifting of the state mask mandate. We are returning next week for the opening of Avengers Campus at California Adventure, and again in July for Disneyland’s anniversary, and, yes, I’m already working on another dress for the occasion.