Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Chapek made the announcement on Wednesday during an interview on CNBC with Julia Boorstin, according to the news outlet’s website.
Disney California Adventure Park also will reopen on April 30, although both parks will initially operate at a reduced, 15 percent capacity.
“Until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, in line with current state guidelines,” the Disney parks website said.
“We’ve seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world,” Chapek said during the interview. “We’ve been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand.”
“I think as people become vaccinated, they become a little bit more confident in the fact that they can travel, and, you know, stay COVID-free,” he added, according to the CNBC website. “Consumers trust Disney to do the right thing and we’ve certainly proven that we can (open) responsibly whether it’s temperature checks, masks, social distancing, (or) improved hygiene around the parks.”
Visitors to the parks will need to obtain in advance a reservation. To enter the parks, a reservation and a valid admission for the same park on the same day will be needed by all visitors ages three years old and up.
Th company made no announcement about pricing. In the past, they were anywhere from $235 to $415 for a 2-day to 5-day single park or park hopper ticket for adults. One-day tickets were priced in five tiers.
Shares in Disney (DIS) closed up $1, or about a half of a percent, to $195.24 on the New York Stock Exchange, on a day when the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 0.6 percent and the Nasdaq closed up 0.4 percent.