Disneyland demands California theme parks reopen as Newsom promises guidelines ‘very, very shortly’ – Orange County Register

Disneyland demands California theme parks reopen as Newsom promises guidelines ‘very, very shortly’ – Orange County Register

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When will California theme parks reopen? How many COVID-19 outbreaks have there been at U.S. theme parks? Should theme parks launch new rides now or wait until next year? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter.

Still Waiting

Gov. Gavin Newsom says an announcement is coming “very, very shortly” on reopening California theme parks.

Disneyland has been shut for months amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Breaking Point

The closure of Disneyland is crushing Anaheim’s economy. Buena Park desperately needs Knott’s to fully reopen. And the Happiest Place on Earth is unhappy.

Guests stop to take a selfie at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. July 11, 2020 is the first day of the phased reopening. (Photo by Kent Phillips, Walt Disney World Resort)

No Outbreaks

There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at major U.S. amusement parks. What’s keeping California theme parks closed?

Crowds fill Main Street U.S.A. before the opening of Rise of the Resistance at In Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Open Space

Disneyland could comfortably accommodate 50% of the 110-acre theme park’s theoretical pre-COVID-19 attendance capacity. We crunch the numbers.

Concept art of the Emperor coaster that was set to open in 2020 at SeaWorld San Diego, but has been pushed back to 2021 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of SeaWorld)

Missing Out

Theme parks that don’t start preparing for the travel recovery now might not get to be a part of it when it happens, writes theme park columnist Robert Niles.

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