In a Tuesday press conference, Disneyland Resort officials reiterated their readiness to reopen Orange County theme parks, calling on state officials to offer reopening guidelines for the tourism and employment driver that’s been shuttered since March 14.
The virtual press conference brought together several executives throughout the company, from the local heads of Disneyland and California Adventure to leaders of Walt Disney World in Orlando—which reopened in July—to discuss how the company has “safely reopened” some of its theme parks and how it plans to do so in Anaheim.
Efforts include reservation systems that control the number of guests in the park at any time, mask requirements, social distancing, hand washing stations, expanded food and beverage mobile ordering and a new effort to provide COVID-19 tests for local employees.
“As you can see, we’re ready. And more importantly, it’s time,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and former Disneyland Resort president.
D’Amaro called on California government officials to “treat theme parks like you would other sectors and help us reopen,” asking for “guidelines that are fair and equitable, so that we can better understand our future and chart a path toward reopening.”
D’Amaro noted that nearly 80,000 individuals, including cast members and local suppliers and vendors, depend on Disneyland for employment, and a vast majority of these local employees remain out of work.
“The longer we wait, the more devastating the impact will be to Orange County and the Anaheim community,” he said.
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