It could be awhile until Disneyland is allowed to reopen.
Disneyland could reopen when Orange County reaches Yellow (Tier 4), according to an update to California state guidelines that were announced by Dr. Mark Ghaly during a recent livestream conference.
Whenever the park is allowed to reopen, masks will be required, as will reservations. This should sound familiar to Walt Disney World attendees. Contact tracing will be in play, meaning that it’s likely Disney will not be allowed to let people in from outside “approved” areas at first — locals only.
This announcement isn’t going to sit well with many, including Anaheim mayor Harry Sidhu, who said…
These guidelines fail working families and small businesses. As painful as this is, Disney and the City of Anaheim will survive. But too many Anaheim hotels, stores and restaurants will not survive another year of this. Many are family businesses.
The jobs they provide support to other families. We can safely and responsibly open our theme parks and convention center soon. The unions of the Disneyland Resort agree and not support the reopening of the theme parks in Tier 3 – not Tier 4, which would wipe out jobs in our city and destroy lives.
According to The Laughing Place, who has been live tweeting the conference, the earliest Disneyland could even possibly open is the end of November. But even that is being very optimistic.
At this point, it’s likely that Disneyland will be down all year as predicted by insiders unless Disney pulls a little of that Disney magic on the State government.
California’s COVID-19 website has been updated to reflect these new guidelines.
- Smaller parks can open with modifications
- Capacity must be limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less
- Outdoor attractions only can open
- Reservations required
- Local attendees only (from the same county as the park’s location)
- Larger parks can open with modifications
- Park capacity must be limited to 25%
- Reservations required
Follow this guidance for theme parks and amusement parks. Review the guidance and prepare a plan to support a safe environment for workers and visitors.
This guidance includes additional considerations for:
- Admission, entry, and security
- All rides and attractions
- Dining and concessions
- Performances, interactive exhibits, and events
- Uniform, costume, and wardrobe protocols
With these business strangling guidelines, how long until Disney actually announces a new theme park in Texas?
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