Cast Member Petition Asks Newsom to Reopen Disneyland

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There is now a petition to reopen Disneyland circling on social media. Started by a Cast Member in his third year, the petition gives the CM a voice on not only his want to work but also his need to work. It’s a sentiment (and internal conflict) that most Americans can identify with.
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Petition to Reopen Disneyland

The petition, started by Cast Member Jose Martinez, begs the attention of California Governor Gavin Newsom. But instead of asking him to delay the reopening of the major theme park like another petition did months ago (before the park’s reopening was in fact, delayed), this petition asks Newsom to consider reopening Disneyland sooner. The petition’s copy reads:

Many of us heard the concerns of the community regarding reopening Disneyland, and the subsequent, successful request to push back its opening date. As a Cast Member approaching my 3rd year of seniority, I want to voice an underrepresented population of the frontline Cast community. 

Disney’s desire to reopen the park is appropriate and necessary. Since the park’s opening in 1955, the parks consistently recognize and implement measures to ensure the highest degree of safety. Since Disney is a leader for positive change in the community, the Disney Parks were the first theme parks to close with the outbreak, and continue to remain cautious when it will be one of the last theme parks to reopen. Disney reached an agreement with the unions and promised a workplace that retains its consistently high standards. Due to lockdowns, there’s been an unprecedented disruption in economics and society. Depression, suicide, domestic abuse rates, divorces, and other “deaths of despairs” that disproportionally affect lower/middle class and millennials and Gen Z have skyrocketed. Congress injected trillions into the economy, but this spending is not sustainable- unemployment checks are running dry. We Cast Members don’t just want to work, we NEED to. However, some of us are immunocompromised and/or live in multigenerational households. In these situations, we legitimately cannot go back to work and need continued assistance until there’s a vaccine or an equal alternative. 

More than ever perception is reality, even if the perception is untrue. We perceive theme parks like Disneyland to be the busiest places on Earth from our experiences, but if we reopen here in California, the reality is that there will be strict attendance limits and social distancing measures like in Florida. If theme parks and businesses can operate responsibly, and demonstrate a strong focus on protecting their employees and guests, they should be allowed to operate. As Robert Niles stated in Theme Park Insider, “Can’t Disney wait until it’s safer? Sure, it could – but, please, tell me exactly when that will be? What happens if there is no vaccine? What happens if there is, but it’s less than, say, 50 percent effective, and millions of Americans continue to be infected? What happens if the vaccine works, but it’s priced at $1,000 a dose, and a majority of Americans either can’t afford or refuse to get it? What happens if the vaccines work and it’s affordable, but it takes years to get enough doses to distribute it to a critical mass of Americans?” These are all real possibilities, and in order to ensure the survival of a beloved cornerstone of American culture, theme park operators need to operate in this environment until we have a better alternative. In Florida where theme parks have operated since the beginning of summer, Dr. Raul Pino, the Orange County Health Official from Florida, has found no direct correlations or outbreaks reported from any of the parks.

It doesn’t need to be saving the economy versus lives, or Republicans versus Democrats. It’s easy to classify choices as binary, but it doesn’t have to be that way as Dr. Fauci told PBS earlier this month. This crisis has become politicized beyond belief– let’s start looking at the objective statistics and historical data. We don’t need a full lockdown if we can ensure universal masks and enforce social distancing/sanitization protocols- Disney World has successfully ensured both, and Disneyland will improve upon Disney World’s success. If we make the right calls and our community follows along, we can save both.

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Disney Petitions from Fans

Disney petitions are nothing new, but each time one appears, we take notice. A petition surfacing and gathering signatures mean that like-minded people are asking a corporation, or in this case, a Governor, for attention. The various Splash Mountain petitions raced around in 2020, to change the attraction’s themeing, for Disney to cancel the retheme, and more. We’ve also recently seen petitions for a restaurant’s name change, as well. The Disney fan base is certainly passionate if nothing else.
The petitions typically circle on social media, gathering steam or fizzling out. With everything that The Walt Disney Company has been dealing with, we’ve certainly been keeping an eye on the original Disney theme Park as we wait for it to reopen.
The reopening of Disneyland Resort’s theme parks and onsite hotels continues to depend on the state. But this week, comments from Disney officials like Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro and Disney World VP Jim MacPhee indicate that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are prepared to reopen as soon as Newsom and state officials give Disney the green light to do so.
Leave us a comment with your thoughts on either the petition to reopen Disneyland or your thoughts on staying closed. 

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