In a press conference from Disneyland park today, Disney officials are demanding California Governor Newsom to reopen the parks. Disneyland has been closed for over six months now with no reopening date in sight and no guidance from the state.
Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products chairman, and Disney California Adventure Vice President Patrick Finnegan both spoke at the press conference.
“To our California government officials, particularly at the state level, I encourage you to treat theme parks like you would other sectors and help us reopen,” said D’Amaro. “We need guidelines that are fair and equitable so that we can better understand our future and chart a path toward reopening. The longer we wait, the more devastating the impact will be to Orange County and the Anaheim community.”
D’Amaro said that Disneyland is ready to reopen and it is time for that to happen.
Finnegan echoed D’Amaro’s remarks and called on the state to issue guidelines for safely reopening theme parks. “We are ready to reopen and we hope to have guidance from the state soon,” Finnegan said.
Nearly 80,000 individuals depend on the operations of Disneyland Resort, including cast members, local suppliers, vendors and third-party businesses. Most of these employees are not working today.
“To the tens of thousands of people who rely on us for employment, with the right guidelines and our years of operations experience, I’m confident that we can restart and get people back to work,” said D’Amaro. “As you can see, we’re ready. And more importantly, it’s time.”
The Disney officials pointed to the current measures in place across Walt Disney World Resort and its ongoing success since reopening. They highlighted their willingness to be flexible and update measures when necessary.
Disneyland, along with other California theme parks, has proposed new guidelines for reopening such as mandatory masks, social distancing measures, increased sanitation, contactless payments, reduced attraction capacity, and employee training. The state has yet to approve a reopening plan or provide reopening guidelines despite Newsom’s promise that guidance will be given “soon”.
Throughout the conference, it was made clear that Disney officials believe Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are ready to reopen. As D’Amaro said, it’s time.
Source: The Orange County Register