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Can you believe Disneyland will be closed for more than a year by the pandemic? Would you buy a Disneyland annual pass good only for evening visits? What movie props will be inside the new Star Wars Trading Post? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter.

Closure Extended

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are expected to remain closed for more than a year and not reopen before late March or early April, according to Disney officials.

Projections light up Sleeping Beauty Castle during the projection and special effects show – “Halloween Screams”on the first night of Halloween Time at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Sep 6, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Night Owls

Disneyland is considering “day-parting” annual passes by time of day similar to the Epcot After 4 annual pass at Disney World.

Crowds fill Main Street U.S.A. before the opening of Rise of the Resistance at In Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Half Measures

It’s easy to understand why Disneyland was forced to kill its annual pass program when you realize an estimated one in every two visitors was a passholder.

Bob Chapek, then chairman Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks during an unveiling event of Star Wars: Galaxys Edge at Disneyland. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
Passholder Reset

Disney CEO Bob Chapek says resetting Disneyland’s annual pass program would have been “heresy” prior to the pandemic, but the extended closure offers a “blank piece of paper.”

The now closed Rainforest Cafe at the west end of The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. The parent company of the themed restaurant says it would like to reopen the location after a luxury hotel project proposed for the site was canceled. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Rebel Base

Walt Disney Imagineering explains how the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney was turned into a secret Star Wars rebel base.

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