Entertainment

Disneyland aims to reopen Anaheim amusement park by late April for the first time


Disneyland California doors in late April in a bid to retrain 10,000 workers who were furloughed during COVID

  • Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced that an official launch date for the Anaheim reopening would be announced ‘in the coming weeks’ 
  • California on Friday relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues on April 1 as a fall and winter surge seemed to be ending
  • Chapek stressed that the decision to do so came as Disney worked to retain the thousands of furloughed workers they lost
  • Efforts to retrain the staff is adding to the additional time as well, Chapek shared

Disneyland is expected to open its doors in late April after being closed for more than a year as California grappled with the early days of COVID-19.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced that an official launch date for the Anaheim reopening would be announced ‘in the coming weeks.’ 

‘Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April,’ Chapek said. 

The state on Friday relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues on April 1 as a fall and winter surge seemed to be ending, with COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths plummeting and vaccination rates rising.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek announced that an official launch date for the Anaheim reopening would be announced ‘in the coming weeks’

'Here in California, we're encouraged by the positive trends we're seeing and we're hopeful they'll continue to improve and we'll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April,' Chapek said

‘Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April,’ Chapek said

New public health rules would allow live concerts at stadiums and sports arenas to reopen with limited attendance April 1. Amusement parks also will be permitted to reopen in counties that have fallen from the state’s purple tier — the most restrictive — to the red tier.

In all cases, park capacities will be limited, and COVID-19 safety rules such as mask-wearing requirements will apply.  

Applauding the news were the thousands of workers who were laid off by Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm and other big locations. Ten thousand lost their jobs alone at Disneyland and its related attractions in Orange County, not to mention the knock-on effect to nearby restaurants and hotels.

Disneyland is reopening in the end of April so that it can retrain the 10,000 workers who were furloughed. A woman walks by the amusement park on March 9

 Disneyland is reopening in the end of April so that it can retrain the 10,000 workers who were furloughed. A woman walks by the amusement park on March 9 

Two people take a selfie while visiting Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, on July 2019 when the state allowed the park to reopen their outdoor shopping and dining complex

Two people take a selfie while visiting Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, on July 2019 when the state allowed the park to reopen their outdoor shopping and dining complex

In announcing the late reopening, Chapek stressed that the decision to do so came as Disney worked to retain the thousands of furloughed workers they lost. Efforts to retrain the staff is adding to the additional time as well, Chapek shared. 

‘I am pleased to say the response has been great thus far, our Cast Members are excited to get back to work.,’ he added. ‘And this is also good news for the Anaheim community, which depends on Disneyland for jobs and business generated by visitors.’

Andrea Zinder, president of the local United Food and Commercial Workers Union that represents Disney workers, said employees are ‘excited to go back to work and provide Californians with a bit more magic in their lives.’

Most of the major theme parks are in Southern California, which is still in the purple category. However, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties were expecting to reopen within the next few weeks as their COVID-19 numbers fall.

Only 16 of 58 counties currently are in the red tier, and two small counties are in the orange tier. None are yet in the yellow tier, the lowest and least restrictive.

Theme parks in the red tier will be limited to 15% capacity.

Advertisement





Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button