- Disneyland Resort delays reopening whilst negotiating agreements with cast member unions for a safe return to work and awaiting state reopening guidelines.
“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,” The Walt Disney Company announced in a statement, Wednesday.
The company will hold positive discussions with 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 cast members, and negotiate agreements for the safe return of employees to work.
Disney’s priority is to welcome back guests and cast members alike in a responsible way and will announce a new reopening date upon the release of guidelines for a safe reopening.
“California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” the statement read.
The delay of Disneyland Resort comes after many cast members and guests petitioned the company and local government officials to reconsider the phased reopening until a later date due to novel coronavirus concerns.
Downtown Disney in Anaheim will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for cast members and guests.
Disney has already reopened Shanghai Resort, Hong Kong Resort, and Disney Springs in Orlando as of May. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea shared to reopen gates on July 1, and Disneyland Paris Resort begins phased reopening as of July 15, 2020.
The Walt Disney World Resort will begin their phased reopening on July 11 starting with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Parks followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15 with health and safety measures in place attached to the inherent voluntary risk guest assume of exposure to COVID-19 when attending the parks.