Disneyland will not be reopening on July 17th as originally planned.
Disney is delaying the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the company’s flagship theme parks in California, the company said on Wednesday.
The resort, located in Anaheim, California, was set to welcome back guests on July 17 after being closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, a petition was launched to delay the reopening
Labor union opposition to the July 17 reopening appears to have played a role, too. Last week, the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions, which represents a dozen Disneyland Resort unions, sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom saying it was too early to reopen Disneyland, which closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In order to reopen our theme parks we need to negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work,” the company said. “We have had positive discussions and are very pleased we have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates.”
Disney said Downtown Disney District will still reopen as planned on July 9. The reopening of the shopping, dining and entertainment complex was previously approved under the state’s restaurant and retail reopening guidelines, the company said.
Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of coronavirus at its parks, including requiring employees and guests to wear face coverings.
Disney also will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds.