6:29 AM PST 1/12/2021 by Ryan Parker
Disneyland is reopening, but not as a theme park.
Shuttered since last March, the Anaheim destination will host a massive POD or large Point-Of-Dispensing COVID-19 vaccination site, Orange County and park officials announced Monday.
"The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county's first Super POD site — undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process," said county Supervisor Andrew Do, according to ABC 7 News. "We truly appreciate the support of the Orange County Fire Authority, our cities and our residents as we continue to rollout COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the county."
The Disneyland vaccination site is expected to be in operation later this week.
"Disneyland Resort is proud to help support Orange County and the City of Anaheim with the use of our property, and we are grateful for all of their efforts to combat COVID-19. After a year in which so many in our community have faced unprecedented hardship and uncertainty, there is now reason for optimism with the administration of a vaccine," Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer, Disney parks, experiences and products, said, according to ABC7.
Most of the Disneyland Resort has been shuttered since last March due to the pandemic. Last summer, the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district was able to reopen. In the fall, a portion of California Adventure was able to reopen.