Should Disneyland host Food Events for now?

California theme parks are in limbo while they wait to see if their counties can get the COVID-19 numbers down. Disney recently announced though that Disney California Adventure park will be opening select shopping and dining locations next month. This will be an extension of Downtown Disney.

Two months ago, Knott’s Berry Farm reopened for a food festival under state guidelines allowing outdoor dining. Should Disneyland follow suit and reopen with some kind of food festival?

State officials have labeled theme parks as more dangerous environments for transmitting COVID-19 than outdoor stadiums. The reopening guidelines for theme parks are very strict and almost impossible for some. Disney officials along with local leaders have pleaded with the state to allow theme parks to reopen sooner but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

So, rather than tell the state officials that they can reopen and operate safely, Disneyland should SHOW the officials that they can.

Orange County Register offers the following idea for reopening:

“Limited operations offer the state’s parks their best opportunity to show that. If Gov. Newsom wants a “slow and stringent” reopening, then deliver one. Start with Buena Vista Street and then slowly add Main Street USA, followed by other lands in the parks. Enforce mask rules stringently throughout. Require visitors not just to pass a temperature check at entry, but also to use official apps when visiting and agree to contact tracing through them.”

Only dining and shopping locations would be open, with no rides or shows. This would also allow cast members to get back to work. It would show the state that Disney can protect its employees and that guests can visit the parks responsibly.

What do you think? Would you visit Disneyland if it was hosting a food festival?


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Sara