Disneyland Resort has officially delayed the reopening dates for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks. The reopening of the Disneyland Resort hotels has also been delayed.
The LA Times reports that California Governor Gavin Newsom appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his concerns regarding reopening the theme parks. Spokesman Nathan Click stated, ““The state and our public health experts continue to be in contact with the company and their workers — as well as other theme parks in the state — as we track and combat the spread of the virus.”
According to the official announcement, the State of California will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4. Because that date is less than two weeks prior to the original proposed reopening date of July 17, Disneyland Resort has made the decision to delay reopening the theme parks so they can do so responsibly.
Disney is continuing negotiations with unions that represent Disneyland Resort Cast Members.
Downtown Disney will still reopen on July 9. You can read more information here. The reopening of the hotels has been delayed — Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel were originally scheduled to reopen on July 23.
At the time of this announcement, a new reopening date has not yet been announced. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will officially be the last Disney Parks to reopen worldwide after being closed for months due to the pandemic.
Below is the announcement emailed to Inside the Magic in a press release:
Disneyland Resort Reopening Update
We previously announced a proposed phased reopening of our theme parks for July 17, pending government approvals. We developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work.
The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.
Our Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for our cast members and guests. The opening of our Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California. The Master Services Union, which represents our retail cast at this location, previously signed an agreement for members to return to work.
In order to reopen our theme parks we need to negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work. We have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of our cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work.
We thank our cast and guests for their patience during this unprecedented time while we await approval from government officials.
We will continue to update Inside the Magic as more information on Disneyland Resort’s phased reopening becomes available. If you have Disneyland tickets and you want to ensure you are able to use them when the theme parks reopen, read our article here.
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