It’s a “whole new world” in Urban Orange County as Disneyland announces their upcoming reopening on April 30. We took a look at how this news has affected the bookings pace in the area.

Source: Beyond Data

On March 9, when Disney hinted that Disneyland could finally start to reopen towards the end of April, we immediately noticed an uptick in bookings pace in Orange County, specifically for the areas of Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, the City of Orange and Buena Park. The optimism for returning to the park, even with notable restrictions in place, was clearly evident when looking at the estimated reservations for the 2,000 Airbnbs nearby.

Then on March 17, when Disney officially announced the re-opening for April 30, another wave of reservations flooded the area. The number of reservations made on March 17, for example, jumped 68% from the previous day as people rushed to get passes and then, housing.

Source: Beyond Data

Of the reservations made since March 9, the majority are centered around the Disneyland resort itself and the Anaheim Resort District.

This is an excellent reminder for hosts and property managers, especially the ones near large attractions, to pay special attention to the news. While we’ve gotten used to the cancellations and closures that spiked in 2020, adapting quickly to openings and new events in 2021 will separate the short-term stay leaders from the rest of the pack.

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