Disney and Universal say California parks are ready to reopen – CBS Los Angeles


ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – Daily rides and major theme park attractions remain closed in California.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said it’s not just the parks that lose, but the people around them.

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“Not just thousands. Not just tens of thousands. But really, when you talk about these operations, hundreds of thousands of jobs are linked to these operations, ”he said at a panel discussion on Wednesday where executives from Disney, Universal and Seaworld met. to show Governor Newsom that they are ready to reopen on a limited basis.

Florida parks were given the green light to reopen with new safety guidelines months ago and have been operating ever since. Online reservations, social distancing, and masks are some of the new requirements at Florida theme parks.

Now that Orange County is no longer on the state’s COVID-19 watch list, Disney and Seaworld hope to resume operations soon.

“I have a personal feeling that by maybe early October Disney will be able to resume some theme park operations,” said Dusty Sage, Disney super fan and founder of the MiceChat blog.

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Universal Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm are already open for dining and shopping. On Friday, Seaworld will follow suit. Disneyland remains the only theme park in Southern California to remain completely closed.

Sage said he was concerned that if Disney remained closed for too long, some companies might never return.

“If they don’t come back at full speed quickly enough, this recession will only push more and more people out of their homes,” he said. “Once you’re out of a house, the last thing you think about is going to a theme park. “

Some guests have said they wouldn’t mind more stringent new guidelines, just to see Disneyland reopen.

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“I think they could open if they did it right,” said a guest, to whom CBS2 / KCAL9 reporter Stacey Butler spoke. “They should open it up and take reservations.”

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