Disneyland postpones July 17 park reopening until further notice

Disneyland has been forced to postpone the proposed July 17 reopening of its Anaheim theme parks and delay the planned July 23 reopening of two Disneyland resort hotels while it awaits theme park reopening guidelines from the state.

“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” according to a statement from Disneyland. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been in contact with Disney and other California theme park operators about his concerns regarding reopening.

“The Governor appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his concerns about reopening amid the recent increases in COVID-19 infections across many Southern California counties,” Newsom’s communications director Nathan Click said via email. “The state and our public health experts continue to be in contact with the company and their workers — as well as other theme parks in the state — as we track and combat the spread of the virus.”

Disneyland has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney had proposed reopening the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on July 17 pending government approval. The Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier hotels were scheduled to reopen on July 23.

The delay essentially returns Disneyland to its previous reopening status: Closed until further notice.

“Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date,” according to a statement from Disneyland.

The delay by the state in issuing theme park reopening guidelines will also postpone the July 1 reopening dates proposed by Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California. Knott’s Berry Farm was the only major Southern California theme park that had not proposed a reopening date.

Downtown Disney will still reopen as planned on July 9 with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place as previously announced.

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“The opening of our Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California,” according to a statement from Disneyland.

A coalition of unions representing 17,000 Disneyland cast members had sent a letter demanding Gov. Newsom

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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