Disneyland Expected to Stay Closed Until 2021
Executives are citing state restrictions as to why the park hasn't reopened.
Disneyland in California, which has been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, is unlikely to reopen before the end of the year.
In an earnings call last week, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, Christine McCarthy, said the park expects to remain closed until at least Dec. 31, citing current state regulations in California, Variety reported.
“We are extremely disappointed that the state of California continues to keep Disneyland closed despite our proven track record,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during the call.
Chapek said that the parks’ health and safety reopening procedures were “science-based” and that keeping the park closed was “decimating” small businesses in California’s Orange County.
In Florida and California, Disney has laid off 28,000 employees due to the pandemic closure.
Disneyland announced last week that its hotels would no longer accept reservations through the end of the year. Reservations for 2021 at the three Disneyland hotels — Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Paradise Pier Hotel — are not yet available online to book.
Walt Disney World in Florida reopened in July, with new COVID-19 precautions like temperature checks, social distancing, and increased disinfection of attractions. Guests are subject to new precautions, like a ban on eating and drinking while walking around the park. Although most attractions are open, the water parks at the resort are not expected to reopen until at least March 2021.
Disneyland Paris also reopened in the summer with new coronavirus protections but closed again in October after Europe entered a second lockdown. The park intends to reopen for the holidays but will temporarily shut back down in early 2021.
California has reported more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 this year and more than 18,000 deaths, according to the state Health Department.