The Disneyland Resort announced this afternoon that its theme parks will not reopen on July 17, as earlier planned.
"The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," the resort said in a statement issued to reporters. "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."
The Downtown Disney district will reopen on July 9, as previously announced. But Disneyland will need to negotiate terms of return with its various labor unions, a coalition of which has been campaigning against the July 17 reopening plan.
Regardless of when the eventually return, the Disneyland Resort theme parks will be the last Disney theme parks worldwide to reopen. Tokyo Disney will be reopening on July 1, followed by Walt Disney World's theme parks on July 11 and July 15, and Disneyland Paris' parks on July 15.
As Disneyland's press release mentioned, the state of California has yet to issue guidance on theme parks reopening in the state, preventing any California parks from returning. Theme parks in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego, had petitioned their local county officials to reopen at the beginning of July. For now, though, everyone's plans are on hold.
Update (June 25): California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to Disneyland's decision in his daily Covid-19 briefing.
"You may have seen... the report that came out that Disney has not now decided to move forward next month opening up their theme park. I want to just compliment Disney and their team for making that determination. It was referenced in their press release that the state of California had paused on providing guidelines in that space. That is an example of the data informing decision making, and that is exactly what we'll be doing as we move forward. We look at conditions as they change in real time, based upon the data, and based upon local conditions."Tweet
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