June 24, 2020
The Walt Disney Co. late June 24 announced that plans to re-open Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., have been put on hold due to new state government concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park re-opening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” Disney said in a post on its Twitter feed. “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 re-opening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”
Disney said that once it has a “clearer understanding” when guidelines will be released, it would relay re-opening information to the public. Indeed, prior to re-opening theme parks and resort hotels, Disney has to get approval from unions representing more than 11,000 workers, or cast members, which includes enhanced safety protocols safeguarding staff and visitors.
The original Disney theme park and related California Adventure have been shuttered since mid-March due to COVID-19 fears.
Meanwhile, Downtown Disney and related businesses are still slated to re-open on July 9 with appropriate health and safety protocols in place as mandated by health officials.