A Disneyland Rally Called For The State To Allow The Park To Reopen

About seven months after the Anaheim, California theme park
closed its gates in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic,

Disneyland Resort employees and parkgoers staged a rally
on
Saturday, Oct. 17, urging Governor Gavin Newsom to issue a
reopening order. CBS Los Angeles reported that about 40 people had
congregated under the Disneyland sign by 8 a.m. PT. Most attendees
wore masks and maintained social distancing, and some held “Not
happy” signs while chanting such phrases as “Open Disneyland.”

Both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood have been closed
since mid-March, though shopping and dining districts have been
open since the summer. In late September,
Disney announced it would lay off more than 28,000 employees

across its parks, experiences, and consumer products division. At
the time, Josh D’Amaro, the company’s head of parks, cited
the
State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions
that would allow
Disneyland to reopen,” for exacerbating their financial
hardships.

“The cast members have always been here to support us and make
us have a good time and we need to support them,” frequent
Disneyland visitor Jennifer Grafius said in an interview with the
local CBS affiliate. “It’s our turn to be out here hitting the
pavement to get their jobs back.”


California state officials visited the Disneyland Resort
and
Universal Studios Hollywood earlier this week, as Newsom considers
issuing guidelines to allow the parks to reopen, according to The
Hollywood Reporter.

Since Florida’s Disney World reopened in July, there have been

no reported COVID-19 outbreaks
among workers or guests linked
to the Orlando-area park, according to public health officials and
Disney World’s unions. Disney declined to say how many Disney World
employees had tested positive for the coronavirus since the resort
reopened, though union leaders said cases had been minimal.

Another Anaheim rally attendee, Jessica Grafius, added that “if
Walt Disney World can open safely, so can we,” highlighting safety
measures such as the use of masks and social distancing. It’s worth
noting, however, that Disney World hasn’t completely avoided
financial woes amid the coronavirus crisis.
The park recently began laying off 15,550 workers
, or 20% of
its work force, due to low attendance and uncertainty about the
duration of the pandemic, per The New York Times.

On Oct. 14, Massachusetts Senator
Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Disney
Executive Chairman Bob
Iger and Chief Executive Bob Chapek, criticizing the layoffs, the
Los Angeles Times reported. “It appears that — prior to, and
during the pandemic — Disney took good care of its top executives
and shareholders — and now is hanging its front-line workers out
to dry,” Warren wrote, per the newspaper. Disney responded with a
statement calling Warren’s letter “misinformed.”

There is growing impatience to reopen California’s theme parks.
While the
California Attractions and Parks Association released a
statement
on Oct. 12, calling it “heartening” that Newsom had
indicated his willingness to work with the industry,
the organization launched a website
days later with a petition
calling for him to “stop delaying.” The CAPA petition also urges
him to “please develop reasonable and fair guidance … to reopen
soon.” The governor previously cautioned that he’s in “no hurry”
and explained the state is researching “the viability of reopening
the theme parks sooner rather than later.”

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A Disneyland Rally Called For The State To Allow The Park To
Reopen