Park Was Set To Open Next Month
Yesterday, Disneyland announced it has reversed plans to reopen on July 17th, indefinitely delaying the reopening of the theme park.
In a statement, the company blamed the state for the delay, citing a lack of guidelines being issued, while also implying that ongoing union negotiations are a factor –
“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.”
Disney created new health and safety protocols for employees and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that met the criteria for health and safety officials in their respective communities.
Disneyland continues to negotiate with its unions to work out details for returning employees –
“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.”
The Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced, despite the delay in reopening the theme park. Guests can expect to see a series of health and safety protocols in place. The Downtown Disney District reopening was approved along with the restaurant and retail openings throughout California.