Airbnb bookings in the Disneyland area took off on March 9 when the company indicated the resort might reopen soon. When they made the announcement official on March 17th, bookings rose 73 percent.
When Disneyland reopens on April 30th, a little magic will rekindle the hearts of children and adults alike. According to Airbnb listing data from the short-term rental company Beyond Pricing, the reopening of the legendary theme park will also boost traffic for the short-term rental industry in the area.
Even before Disney officially announced a reopening date, Airbnb bookings in Orange County – particularly Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, Orange City, and Buena Park – spiked shortly after Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced on March 9 that it would that the park could possibly open in late April.
There were about 130 reservations in the area on March 8, and that number rose to about 200 by March 9. For reference, there are about 2,000 Airbnbs within about 2 miles of Disneyland.
On March 17th, Disney officially announced that the park would reopen on April 30th. On that day, reservations for the Airbnbs in the area rose 73 percent from the previous day as Disney dreamers tried to keep their travel plans quickly.
“While we anticipate the travel industry will have stops and starts in 2021, and different regions and sectors of the industry will react, adapt and recover differently, we see a steady upward trend in travel and spending,” said Beyond Pricing CEO Julie Brinkman said in a statement emailed to Inman. “In summary, we are generally optimistic about the future and growth of the travel industry in general and the short-term rental market in particular.”
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