“We can’t wait,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock wrote on Friday. Potrock was reacting to the announcement by California health officials that the state would allow outdoor stadiums, ball parks and theme parks to reopen from April 1.
Potrock, in a statement posted on the official Disney Parks News Twitter account, added that park management and employees “look forward to sharing an official opening date soon.”
Indeed, Orange County, where Disneyland is located, needs to make progress on its Covid-19 parameters before the parks can reopen. In the new State Action Plan for a Safer Economy, theme parks can open when their host country reaches the red level. Orange and Los Angeles counties are currently one level above, in the most severe purple level. But they could qualify for the red level as early as March 29. Figures in both countries are expected to hit the red level on Tuesday. They then only need to stay there for three consecutive weeks to qualify the theme parks for reopening. To learn more about the new state reopening rules, click here.
California allows Disneyland, other theme parks and outdoor sports stadiums to reopen on April 1
In his statement, Potrock highlighted lessons learned from other Disney parks, citing “responsible Disney safety protocols that we have already implemented around the world.”
– Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 5, 2021
This focus on already established health protocols was also clear in a statement from President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, Karen Irwin.
“This is very exciting news,” Irwin wrote. “We deeply appreciate the partnership with state and local government and health officials, and we are delighted to have finally arrived at this landmark announcement. The health and safety of our guests and team members remains our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring full adherence to our newly established protocols while continuing to create an exceptional entertainment experience for all. We’re ready to reopen, ready to get our team members back to work, ready to help boost the local economy, and ready to welcome guests.
In fact, the trade organization that represents the state’s theme parks, the California Attractions and Parks Association, has long argued that parks know how to control infection by saying it’s, in a sense, a business. in which they have been for a long time: ensuring the safety and health of visitors. .
In his Safe reopening plan, published last year, CAPA wrote, “Cleanliness and guest safety have always been hallmarks of California theme parks. Their plans include extensive sanitation and disinfection protocols across their facilities. “
ACAM Executive Director Erin Guerrero issued the following statement following the state’s announcement on Friday:
Today’s announcement from the Newsom administration is very encouraging news for amusement parks in California. Parks now have a framework to reopen safely and responsibly. We appreciate the Authority’s willingness to work with state theme parks on every detail of the plan so that parks can responsibly reopen soon, putting people back to work safely and reinvigorating local economies.
Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood had previously announced mini-reopens for this month, focusing on food available in the parks, but with no major open attractions. Los Angeles area parks have been closed since March 2020.
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia recently announced that it plans to reopen this spring. Looks like they were right.