The happiest place on earth won't be reopening on July 17, as previously planned. On Wednesday, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, announced that it's delaying reopening Disneyland, California Adventure, and its resort hotels.
News of the postponement comes as California reports spikes in COVID-19 cases. "The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," Disney said in a statement. "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."
Before reopening its theme parks, Disneyland says it also needs to negotiate agreements with its unions so employees can return to work. So far, it has signed agreements, which include plans with enhanced safety protocols, from 20 union affiliates. The Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 Disney employees, is one of the affiliates that has signed an agreement.
Currently, Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is set to reopen in mid-July. While the California theme parks and hotels will remain closed indefinitely, Disney fans will still be able to visit the Downtown Disney District starting July 9. And while you wait for your favorite attractions to reopen, you can experience Disney magic at home thanks to these virtual Disney rides.
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