Disneyland is set for a July comeback, with a planned opening to take place across multiple phases. The Anaheim, California theme park has been closed since March 12, making this coronavirus pandemic the longest shutdown for the iconic park in its entire history. For now, all elements of the park, including Downtown Disney, California Adventure, and related hotel properties remain closed, but the company has confirmed that some businesses will begin to come online again in a matter of weeks.
First up in the reopening will be Downtown Disney on July 9, followed by both the California Adventure and Disneyland parks themselves on July 17; hotels and spa services will resume by end of July. Meanwhile, the company continues to look for other ways to reach its customers, including asking about the viability of at-home delivery for staple Disney foods like the Dole Whip.
Meanwhile, Universal CityWalk reopens today, with most restaurants there once again open for business. Hours are limited (noon to 8 p.m.) though, and the Universal Studios park itself has not yet marked its own return date.
And in other news:
— Despite a rising coronavirus case count and growing deaths in Los Angeles County, California governor Gavin Newsom says, essentially, that there is no turning back from the county-by-county reopenings that have taken place in recent weeks, says the LA Times.
— Coachella has been officially, and predictably, canceled for good this year. The large-scale event out in greater Palm Springs was originally postponed until the fall, but now is done for 2021 says KESQ.
— Blue Star Donuts has been hit hard by the pandemic, shuttering a number of locations in the company’s home city of Portland. For now, the only open location in Los Angeles is in Venice.
— Mooby’s, the Kevin Smith-backed pop-culture pop-up, is back on June 18 in West Hollywood as a socially distant dining option with lots of interactivity. For the first week, the restaurant will be donating 100% of its profits to a group that supports volunteers who have been helping to beautify South Central.
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— Employees Only in West Hollywood is partnering with the Barber Truck this weekend, allowing diners to get a clip by appointment (and drink cocktails while they wait) before sitting down to a meal.
— Proceeds from South Bay restaurant Jame Enoteca’s bucatini all’amatriciana will now go towards the Equal Justice Initiative.
— There’s a new burger place in Larchmont called Uncool that opens officially on Monday, June 22. The restaurant, run by Joshua Pourgol (Tu Madre, Bardonna, Counterpart Deli), focuses on smashburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and more.