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State Officials Have “No Idea” When Disneyland Can Reopen

By Tom Hartley, ThemeParkShark.com Editor and Co-founder

Updated 4:52 AM EDT, Wed October 21, 2020


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State officials have not provided a date for when Disneyland will be able to reopen to the public and the reopening remains uncertain.

Today, the state of California has released its initial theme park guidelines for Disneyland and other theme park operators which give the suggestion that they will be able to open at only 25% capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Unions have called for Disneyland to reopen within the “moderate” tier, this would allow Disneyland to also only allow local residents to enter the park.

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Newsom’s administration has been a victim of public pressure and statements from local health officials and Disneyland as thousands of jobs are dependent on the park’s reopening.

The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), which Disneyland is a member of, has weighed in their own statement calling the guidance a “keep theme parks closed indefinitely” plan.

Erin Guerrero, the Executive Director of CAPA, was highly critical of Newsom, saying that he “has not used science or data to inform his decision”.

“Theme parks have opened and operated safely around the world for months. Data and science prove that theme parks can operate responsibly anywhere – there is no rational reason to believe they can’t do so in California.

“No one cares more about park employee and guest safety than the parks themselves.”

“Let me be unequivocal– the guidance issued by the Newsom Administration will keep theme parks shuttered for the foreseeable future.”

“By forcing amusement parks to stay closed until their home county reaches Tier 4, the Governor has issued a “Keep Theme Parks Closed Indefinitely” Plan which will devastate California’s major theme park industry.”

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Visitors wear face masks to enter the Disneyland Paris theme park.

Disneyland remains the last park in the U.S to reopen as Walt Disney World has been reopened safely to the public months ago.

President of Disneyland Resort Ken Potrock also gave his own statement regarding the current state of affairs.

“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world.”

“Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities”.

“Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”

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Tom is a theme park fanatic hailing all the way across the pond in the United Kingdom.

After visiting and experiencing everything that the theme park's offer in the UK, he has concluded his favourite to be Alton Towers located in Staffordshire.

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