The Disneyland Resort has been shut down for almost 4 months due to the coronavirus outbreak. The resort was expected to begin phased reopening in July; however, the Walt Disney Company has changed those plans.
The recent surge in coronavirus cases forced the company to postpone the reopening to an unspecified date. An official statement regarding the delay has been released, which you can read down below:
We previously announced a proposed phased reopening of our theme parks for July 17, pending government approvals. We developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work.
The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.
Our Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for our cast members and guests. The opening of our Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California. The Master Services Union, which represents our retail cast at this location, previously signed an agreement for members to return to work.
In order to reopen our theme parks we need to negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work. We have had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 of our cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work.
We thank our cast and guests for their patience during this unprecedented time while we await approval from government officials.
Numerous petitions and calls were recently made by both cast members and guests urging Disney to delay the resorts opening, stating it’s to soon and is a health risk.
This will mark the first time in Disney’s 65 year history that Disneyland will not be opened on its birthday.
Meanwhile over at Walt Disney World, The plan remains to continue phased opening which has already been approved by the state. As of today there are no plans to delay their theme park opening.
Source: The Walt Disney Company