The Walt Disney Company has had to undergo many challenges during the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic. Their theme park division, specifically, has greatly suffered. For a time, all six Disney Parks around the world were closed. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is the only park to have not yet reopened even once. Disneyland Park and
At the moment, Disneyland Resort is only open to Guests who are visiting the Downtown Disney District, and by extension, Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park. That being said, A Touch of Disney, which is Disneyland’s newest food and drink festival, will be underway at DCA as of March 18. However, it should be noted that because of the state of California’s theme park reopening guidelines, rides cannot yet operate at the ticketed event.
Although there will be some more activity at Disneyland Resort with A Touch of Disney, Disneyland has been ready to reopen since last summer, when its original July 17, 2020 reopening date was delayed. Both Disneyland President Ken Potrock and Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro, have previously been vocal about Disneyland being ready to reopen safely for Guests.
Last year, a protest was held in front of Disneyland to reopen the parks. As you may recall, the pandemic has cost tens of thousands of Cast Members their jobs. Disneyland’s continued closure had made it impossible for the Walt Disney Company to recall many of the employees who were laid-off from Disneyland Resort.
Former Cast Member Nicholas Maldonado created a Facebook event titled “Reopen Disneyland Rally”. The event is set to take place on March 13, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. PST. The event reads:
Join us Saturday March 13th at 8am outside of Disneyland Resort on Harbor blvd,
As We gather Safely together In Solidarity Of All Disney Cast members, All Theme Park workers calling for The Re-opening Of Disneyland& All Theme Parks which by these efforts will boost those small businesses as well Through AB-420: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/…/billTextClient…
Required Health&Safety guidelines to be followed:
1. Masks On at all times.
2. Keep 6feet apart from eachother.
3. Sanitizing Of your hands frequently.
We Thank you so much and Hope to See you all there with us. #SafeThemeParkReopening #ReopenDisneyland #DisneyStrong #CMStrong See Less
It seems that this event will be quite peaceful and safe for those participating. It’s goal is to bring continued awareness to California State Assembly bill AB 420 and the fact that reopening California theme parks would boost the local economy, giving Guests a place to spend money and giving Cast Members (and seemingly, Team Members at Universal Studios Hollywood) their jobs back.
The aforementioned bill, AB 420, has been introduced to the California State Assembly and will reportedly be heard in committee on March 7, 2021, approximately one week before the reopening rally. As we previously noted, the bipartisan bill is sponsored by assemblywomen Sharon Quirk-Silva and Suzette Valladares.
AB 420 asserts that all theme parks in the state should be eligible to reopen, with appropriate health and safety measures in place, in tier 3 instead of tier 4 of California’s Blueprint For a Safer Economy.
AB 420 has received wide support. The Anaheim City Council and the LA County Board of Supervisors have shared that they are in agreement with the plan and the California Attractions and Parks Association has also advocated for the bill to pass.
Unfortunately, this is not Disney’s decision to make at this point. With Orange County — where Disneyland Resort is located — still in the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 tier, it could take some time before a reopening announcement is made, even if AB 420 passes this month.
If you want more details on the rally, click here.
Do you think that Disneyland Resort will reopen soon? Do you agree that rallies should be held to push the state towards reopening?
This rally has been updated due to the recent Disneyland news, click here to learn more.