Photos: Disneyland visitors get out their mouse ears and flock back to the park
Mathew Jimenez, 2, of Santa Fe Springs, blows bubbles with Mickey and Pluto on Main Street as a limited number of people came to Disneyland the first day after being closed for more than a year ago. Characters remained distanced from guests, not getting close enough for hugs and handshakes.
Break out those mouse ears — the House that Mickey Built is open.
Eager parkgoers began lining up hours before Disneyland’s official 9 a.m. opening time Friday, and a cheer greeted the announcement that the temperature-check station would start processing visitors for admission about an hour early. To prevent crowding in Disneyland’s Main Street area, park employees waved in the admitted guests and invited them to freely roam the grounds.
In the 66-year history of Disneyland, the theme park has been shut for extreme circumstances only a few times — after the assassination of President Kennedy and following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, for example — but before the pandemic struck in March 2020, none of those closures lasted longer than a day.
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