Disneyland Employee Unions Asking For Opening Delay Over Safety Concerns

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Disney has been trying to get their parks open as they are hemorrhaging money from the closures. Walt Disney World is scheduled to open next month with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11th and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th. Disneyland was going to reopen in phases as well, starting with Downtown Disney on July 9th and Disneyland and Disney California Adventure opening on July 17th

Now the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions, which make up about a dozen groups that represent about 17,000 Disneyland employees, is asking the state to delay the opening out of concerns for heath and safety according to ABC 7.

The coalition stated that “Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable.”

That being said they did praise Disney for some of their intended measures according to ABC:

“The group praised Disney for some measures, such as paying workers salary and benefits for a time after the closure, and for coming up with plans to take the temperature of workers as they enter the workplace. But it also said some issues remain unresolved, such as plans for testing.”

Disney has announced many safety measures for guest and cast members like:


  • Mandatory face coverings for both cast members and guests
  • The addition of hand-washing stations and physical barriers throughout the resort, where appropriate
  • Reduced theme park capacity to ensure physical distancing
  • Appropriate signs added to help guests move throughout the resort
  • Temperature checks for guests prior to entering the theme parks, Downtown Disney District
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks for cast members
  • Expansion of Mobile Order through the Disneyland app, Apple pay and more
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation throughout the resort

But we have been hearing from Cast Members, and workers at other parks, that they are concerned about returning to work under the current situation. Mostly because they can’t control the guests and some will not obey the rules.

We will keep you posted on this situation.

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Source: ABC 7 and anonymous source


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