Online Petition Wants Disneyland To Re-Think Their Plans To Open In July
Earlier today we shared the news with you regarding a petition that was making the rounds to have the theming of Splash Mountain changed from Song of the South to Princess and the Frog themed and this evening we have another petition for you.
Yesterday, we here at MickeyBlog shared the news with you that Disneyland will be reopening its gates starting in Mid-July. Though fans are digging out their MickeyEars in excitement, others are worried its too much too soon.
A new petition on change.org asks Disneyland Resort to reconsider its plans to open next month given that COVID-19 cases are on the rise once again.
“Many people have lost loved ones due to this pandemic and by reopening the parks they are endangering cast members and guests to be exposed to Covid-19,” the petition reads. “Health officials have stated that the 2nd wave of Covid-19 will be worse. So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy. I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are DYING, now is not the time.”
At the time of going to print nearly 15,000 have signed the petition as of Thursday evening. As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have been closed since Mid-March. The resort hopes to open on July 17th which is Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary provided that Orange County approves the move.
The Downtown Disney District is expected to reopen on July 9th with the Grand Californian and Paradise Pier hotels aiming for July 23rd.
Disneyland will be making adjustments in the wake of COVID-19 by limiting capacity, introducing a new reservation system for guests and bringing health and safety measures to the properties listed above. The company hasn’t released too much info regarding safeguards but we do expect these to come later.
Disney has already said that they will be limited crowd-heavy offerings like parades and nighttime spectaculars. Character meet and greets are also being suspended.
Since Disney has made the decision to reduce capacity, they have suspended tickets sales to make sure that they can focus on the guests that have already booked.
In a statement released yesterday, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro said, “As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind.”
However, despite the precautions taken above, some believe that Disneyland should delay its opening date until there is a noticeable drop in COVID-19 cases. Some signing the petition even identified themselves as Disney employees and passport holders according to a report in KTLA5.
One signee said, “An an Annual Passholder I was disappointed to hear they’d be reopening so soon because I am not entirely comfortable going back yet due to the virus, but I don’t want to cancel my AP!”
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with us for the latest news and updates.
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