Disneyland President Responds to California’s “Arbitrary” & “Unworkable” Reopening Guidelines

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Today, we had hoped to share exciting news out of California for all the west coast Disney fans, as Disneyland has remained closed for over 7 months due to COVID-19. The debate on when, if, and how Disneyland should reopen has been ongoing between Disney and California. Sadly, it seems Disneyland will remain closed for some time.


As shared by the OCRegister: California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that reopening guidelines for amusement parks have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can reopen under newly issued protocols that require mandatory masks, social distancing, increased sanitization, reduced attraction capacity and employee training.

The new guidelines mean Disneyland won’t be able to reopen for months until their respective counties reach the least-restrictive “minimal” risk level. At best, that means major California theme parks won’t reopen until November or December. At worst, reopening dates could be pushed to next year, which makes setting a reopening date for Disneyland difficult if not impossible. Without a firm reopening date, the parks can’t set staffing, training, ride testing and visitor reservation plans.

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Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, took to Twitter to share the following post via Disney Parks News:

“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world. Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities. Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.”

Source: Disney Parks News Twitter / OCRegister

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.