Hundreds of Disneyland Furloughed Workers are Recalled for Partial California Adventure Re-Opening
MickeyBlog recently reported a little bit of good news for Disneyland California fans. Hundreds of workers are being recalled from furlough for the partial re-opening of California Adventure. The theme park itself has remained closed since March. However, the shopping and restaurant district Downtown Disney has re-opened and under the California regulations outdoor dining can happen. Due to the success of Downtown Disney, a portion of California Adventure will re-open on Buena Vista Street.
Buena Vista Street is located inside Disney’s California Adventure and is home to shopping and restaurants. These include Smokejumpers Grill, Trolley Treats, and the Kingswell Camera shop. The re-opening date is supposed to be sometime in November, but the specific day has yet to be released. Workers, however, have started to plan their return
Because of the Buena Vista Street re-opening, hundreds of employees who are workers in the restaurants and retail stores are being recalled from furlough. Disneyland food and beverage union Workers United Local 50 informed members that more than 200 would return to work.
“Recall will happen in a few waves. This Monday (Oct. 25) will begin with trainers, leads, and some heart of house roles that will begin the process of getting the restaurants up and running,” reads a notification from the union. “Recall in each scheduling group will be by job classification (steward, food prep, receiver, etc.) in descending seniority order regardless of location job knowledge. Recall for premium workers, such as leads and trainers, will be in descending seniority order by full-time conversion dates.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
The success of Downtown Disney and the re-opening of shopping like Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop at Stage 17 is probably a catalyst for Buena Vista. Many days the parking lots have been at capacity as customers have flooded these areas while the rides remain closed.
The major parks, along with California Attractions and Parks Association, are considering legal action. “Parks have been opened throughout the country and world for months and we have seen no data indicating that COVID outbreaks are being traced back to theme parks. If they can reopen safely in other states and countries, then why not in California?” (CAPA Executive Director Erin Guerrero)
But for now, guests can enjoy the return of shops, restaurants and of course these fabulous employees.
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