Disney Rejects Assertion That Reopening Disneyland is Unsafe

Dr. Pamela Hymel

The Walt Disney Company has responded to a suggestion that reopening Disneyland is incompatible with a “health first” approach. Disney released a statement from its Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel after a statement from the California Governor suggesting that reopening the Disneyland Resort would not happen anytime soon and that the state of California would take a “health first” approach. The following statement was released by Disney Parks:

This statement was released after California Gavin Newsom said in a press conference today that there was no hurry to provide guidelines on reopening for California theme parks. In recent weeks, the relationship between Governor Newsom and theme parks has frayed. In recent week Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro has called on California to provide guidelines for reopening and connected recent Disney layoffs to the lack of guidelines. Disney Chairman Bob Iger has also resigned from the California economic recovery task force in recent weeks as well. On top of all of this, California local and state leaders along with other theme parks have called on the Governor to provide guidelines for the reopening of California theme parks.

At this time, it appears to be a stalemate with the California Governor refusing to release guidelines for reopening until the numbers indicate it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, Disney believes that it has shown that it can reopen Disney Parks safely.

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  1. First, I’ve believed all along that the Disney parks are too small to open both safely and in an economically feasible manner. The low percentage of guests they would need to keep distancing a possibility would not meet expenses. Secondly, I would ask for a report on the success of Florida parks. They have the space to distance that Disneyland lacks, but Florida does not have good infection rates and I’m curious if the parks are contributing to that. If so, then it makes it even more likely that opening these much smaller parks would not be a safe move.

    Signed, a first-year fan of Disneyland on behalf of her 88-year-old mother who very much wants to return to her park before she dies.

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