This afternoon, Disney held a safety briefing to discuss some of the protocol that has come about since parks around the world have begun to reopen. In the briefing, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro called for the state of California to allow the Disneyland Resort to reopen.
During the safety briefing, Patrick Finnegan, vice president of Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney District, made some comments about the progress Disneyland has made ahead of reopening. He noted that reservations will be required ahead of visiting Disneyland, similar to what we have seen in Walt Disney World. He also stated that Disneyland would be expanding mobile ordering to more food establishments and bringing in more contactless payment options for guest and cast safety.
On the note of cast safety, Finnegan discussed that they are in the process of finalizing accessibly COVID-19 testing for Cast Members through their communities. Disney wants to make a solid plan to make testing available to cast members, which would add an additional layer of safety for the Disneyland Resort and those making the magic.
Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro ended the briefing with a call to California to reopen the parks. Referencing the points Finnegan discussed, D’Amaro pointed out that Disneyland is ready to open whenever they are given guidelines from the state.
“I encourage you to treat theme parks as you would other sectors,” Josh D’Amaro said. “The longer we wait the more devastation the impact to the OC and Anaheim communities. It’s time.”