BREAKING NEWS: Disneyland Postpones Theme Park Reopening
This just in! Disneyland released an OFFICIAL statement this evening (June 24th) letting guests know that the reopening of Disneyland will be delayed indefinitely. The parks were originally slated to reopen on July 17th. However, this was pending government approval.
Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in California, which had its largest increase of 7,000 cases in one day today and new restrictions put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom, Disney is having to rethink this strategy.
You can see the official state posted by the company below:
Opting not to open is a result of the State of California saying that they will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until some time after July 4th. In their official statement, Disney said that this greatly affects timings for the reopening which requires the parks to call back thousands of cast members. Disneyland Resort will delay the reopening of the theme parks until these new guidelines have been put in place and approval from the government is given.
At the moment, Disney is saying that both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will remain closed indefinitely. Both Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will remain closed as well. Once Governor Gavin Newsom gives his approval Disney will communicate and opening date.
Disney did say that they still have plans to reopen Downtown Disney beginning on July 9th as originally planned. The opening of Disneyland Resort’s shopping and dining district had already received approval. In addition, the Master Services Union which represents retail cast members has already signed off on a return to work.
We previously reported on issues with union negotiations at Disneyland. It would seem that some agreements have been reached. Disney’s official press release reads, “We have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of our cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work.”
So Could Walt Disney World Be Next?
It should also be noted that Walt Disney World is continuing to move forward with plans to reopen its theme parks beginning on July 11th. This despite the fact Florida is seeing a record spike in COVID-19 cases. 5,000 new cases were reported today alone.
Many Disney fans are taking to Twitter to say that Walt Disney World should follow suit. Let’s take a look at some of the comments:
The tone on social media seems to be one of support for the delayed opening.
As you can see from the comments, some are hoping that Disney World will rethinks its opening plans.
This is a sentiment that has been gaining momentum over the last week. As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, cast members at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been signing petitions saying that they are worried about the health of employees given the surge in COVID-19 cases.
This is certainly a story that we’ll be following closely here at MickeyBlog so keep checking in with us for the latest Disneyland and Walt Disney World news and updates.
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