- “Treat theme parks the way you treat other sectors,” the head of Disney Parks pleaded with California government officials to help reopen Disneyland.
Josh D’Amaro, the new chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products called on California Governor Gavin Newsom to “treat theme parks the way you treat other sectors and help us reopen” via a virtual press conference with key stakeholders on Tuesday.
Governor Newsom had promised an update on Disneyland’s reopening last week, but no guidelines have been released since. “We need guidelines that are fair and equitable so we can better understand our future and chart a path toward reopening,” said D’Amaro.
“The longer we wait, the more devastating the impact will be to the Orange County and Anaheim communities and to the tens of thousands of people who rely on us for employment. With the right guidelines and our years of operations experience, I am confident that we can restart and get people back to work,” he stated.
Mayors of surrounding cities near Anaheim have also called on government officials for reopening, as the continued closure would result in a “disaster” for the local economy and the thousands of local jobs that depend on the park.
California theme parks have closed their gates to guests since March 14 following state orders to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which include Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld San Diego, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and LEGOLAND California.
Disney World in Orlando entered its phased reopening in July with health and safety measures in place. Disneyland Hong Kong is set to reopen once again on Friday, September 25, 2020. Disney California Parks are the only in the world to continue to keep gates closed due to government orders.
“We’re ready. And more importantly, it’s time,” said D’Amaro.