Anaheim Joins Disney In Calling For Governor Newsom To Reopen Disneyland


Disney has been pushing for California’s governor to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Now the City of Anaheim is joining in the fight after a $100 million budget shortfall. Almost half of Anaheim’s “general fund budget” comes from the business tied to the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland, and right now they are all shut down.

According to the OC Register, the six-month closure of the parks has led to the city’s massive loss and now they too are asking Governor Newsom to issue final guidelines for theme parks so Disneyland can move forward.

Anaheim spokesperson Mike Lyster told the OC Register:

What we need is guidance and an economic recovery roadmap so we know that we won’t go from coronavirus to a second great recession.

California has been hit very hard by the pandemic and the restrictions. Now people are leaving the state in droves. A second great recession is not out of the realm of possibility.

Theme parks are still not allowed to open until “Step Four” and it’s starting to have huge economic repercussions on area businesses. Lyster continued:

Beaches are open, museums are open, zoos are open and most of SeaWorld in San Diego is open,” Lyster said. “There does not seem to be a lot of consistency there.

Disney, Universal, Sea World, and other parks have already proven that they can follow the guidelines and strict safety protocols. Many have said they felt safer at Walt Disney World than they did at Walmart or other businesses that have been reopened.

Disneyland officials just need the guidelines for California and then they can more towards meeting the requirements:

Once we have a clearer understanding of when theme parks can reopen from the State of California, we will be able to work with the state and Orange County Health Care Agency towards a reopening date.

Hopefully they can all reach some kind of agreement soon and Disneyland can reopen.

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Source: OC Register

Kambrea Pratt
Disney has been a big part of my life for years--from family trips to WDW to growing up on Disney classics, TV, and movies. Prior to Pirates and Princesses I successfully ran social media and websites since 2010. I've also been a public speaker and presenter since 2007. I'm the co-host for the YouTube channel Clownfish TV as well as the podcast/ Youtube Pirates and Princesses (PNP) channel. Former contributor, online personality and acting social media manager at The Kingdom Insider (which we built from the ground up and ran from 1997-2019 --Thom didn't quit FYI) Pirates and Princesses was started by my husband and I several years ago. We loved Disney and wanted to honestly cover all aspects from pop-culture to the parks from a consumer focused stance. Living OUR happily ever after getting to do what we love with our two kids! Creating fun content and building new things. Certified art teacher, and mom. Opinions are all mine.

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