Disneyland: Looking At CA Theme Park Guidelines Draft
Even before the dust settled following yesterday’s “no hurry” comment from Governor Gavin Newsom, news outlets began to speculate regarding the draft of the state’s opening guidelines.
Today, Brady MacDonald again filled in the gaps when he posted for the OCregister.com.
What Do The Guildelines Mean For Disneyland?
California’s forthcoming COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will determine who can go to Disneyland, how many people will be let in, and when the gates can reopen once the Anaheim theme park is permitted to return following a nearly seven-month coronavirus closure.
Initial draft guidelines from the state reportedly call for reopening individual California theme parks at 25% capacity once their county reaches the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level and limiting attendance to residents who live within 120 miles of each park.
Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and other California theme parks closed in mid-March as the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses across the U.S. to shutter their operations and society to adjust to the “new normal.”
As such, Disneyland might have to wait until November — at the very least — based on the county dropping to the “minimal” level.
Two Big Problems For Disneyland
Futhermore, two other notes are very concerning to those who run California’s parks:
- First, placing theme parks in the final tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy means the severity of the guidelines never changes until the pandemic ends.
- Second, large California counties — where most theme parks are located — could find it just as difficult to reach the lowest-risk “minimal” tier.
Disney Posts Back
Last night, Disney’s chief medical officer shot back at the state, saying:
We absolutely reject the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a “health-first” approach. The fact is, that since March we have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) October 8, 2020
As we said in last night’s articles, this story continues to unfold. We, of course, will keep a look out for any updates on Disneyland.
In the meantime, I can’t recommend Brady MacDonald’s work enough. Check out his full story cache at OCregister.com.