Disneyland ‘ready’ to reopen when California allows, parks chief says

The head of Disney’s theme parks said the company is ready to reopen Disneyland as soon as California officials establish health and safety guidelines that would allow theme parks to reopen. 

State officials have not allowed theme parks to reopen due to a spike in coronavirus cases. However, Orange County, where Disneyland resides, was removed on Sunday from a list of counties on California’s monitoring list for coronavirus.

On its website, the city of Anaheim said there would be no immediate change for its business reopening plan. Anaheim is in Stage 3 of reopening businesses, and it excludes theme parks. The city only gives “coming months” as the timing of its move into Stage 4, which could allow theme parks to resume operation.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, products and experiences unit, said the company is waiting on state officials to give the go-ahead.

“As soon as a date and those guidelines are set, I can tell you, we’re ready,” D’Amaro told Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association trade group on Tuesday. 

Disneyland was supposed to reopen on July 17, but that was postponed as coronavirus cases surged in California during the first half of the summer. The state had just over 673,000 cases as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Public Health. That’s more than any other state, according to USA TODAY data.

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