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