Disney to reopen California parks a year after they were closed by COVID | Coronavirus pandemic News
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, which closed on March 14 last year, are among the company’s latest properties to welcome new guests.
Walt Disney Co. plans to reopen its two California theme parks on April 30, more than a year after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, which closed on March 14 of last year, are among the company’s latest properties to welcome guests again. While the Disney’s Paris complex is still closed, all four Florida theme parks have been open since July.
Extended closures in California have become a contentious issue between park operators and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has kept properties closed long after properties in other states have reopened. Owners, local officials and associated businesses have been pushing to reopen for months, arguing that theme parks have not been a major source of Covid-19 outbreaks.
Disney laid off 32,000 employees in the past year, most of them in the theme parks unit. The company, one of the most profitable in history, is slowly backing down, with social distancing precautions limiting attendance to about 35% of capacity in Florida. The company said it plans to bring back more than 10,000 employees on leave for the reopening of Disneyland.
Protocols such as wearing masks would likely be in place until the end of the year, the company said in February.
Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, is the company’s original resort. It was the second most visited theme park in the world in 2019, behind Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. That year, 18.7 million people went to Disneyland and 9.86 million to neighboring California Adventure, according to data from the Themed Entertainment Association and consulting firm Aecom.