It may be hard to believe, but Disneyland has officially been closed for six months.
And while Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has reopened and other Disney resorts around the world have reopened (or plan to reopen!), Disneyland still has no official reopening plan or date.
And, according to a new statement from Disneyland resort president Ken Potrock, California’s lack of guidelines has put them “in limbo.”
The Orange County Register reports that Potrock spoke out about his frustration in a meeting with the Southern California News Group editorial board. “We’ve been waiting for guidelines from the governor’s office. We’ve made many, many, many recommendations as to what those protocols should be,” he said “We’ve offered to help with guidance so that we can get to a place that would be reasonable for us to open. Unfortunately we haven’t received that guidance.”
Previously, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that negotiations with theme parks were “open-ended,” phrasing that Potrock rejected. “The governor used the term ‘negotiating’ with the amusement park industry in one of his quotes and I hope it’s not a negotiation,” he said. “I hope it’s a good collaboration and that’s what we’re attempting to achieve.”
While Disneyland has no reopening plan or date officially yet, when the park DOES reopen, it will follow health and safety measures like the ones we’ve seen at Walt Disney World. Precautions at Disney World include: park capacity limits, social distancing markers, face mask requirements, plexiglass barriers at stores and in ride queues, and more. In fact, we’ve seen plexiglass and distancing markers at Disneyland’s theme parks!
“We can diffuse density throughout the property,” Potrock said. “We’re trying to get that across to the state government to look at it from that perspective. I’m hopeful that they’re beginning to understand that. It’s just been a long journey.”
This isn’t the first time that Potrock has expressed disappointment in California’s hesitance to allow theme parks to reopen. Previously, he stated, “We are disappointed with the state’s lack of progress in providing the industry with guidance and clarity on reopening. We have proven we can operate responsibly, with strict health and safety protocols at our properties around the world and at Downtown Disney in Anaheim.”
The reopening of Disneyland and talks between Disney and California and Anaheim governments is an ongoing issue, and when we hear updates, you know we’ll fill you in!
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