Walt Disney Co. announced yesterday, that it will wait for state guidelines before specifying a new official opening date. The Anaheim destination, along with sister park Disney California Adventure, has been closed since mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the newly announced delay, it was slated to reopen in time for its 65th anniversary.
Their Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for their cast members and guests. The opening of their Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California. The Master Services Union, which represents their retail cast at this location, previously signed an agreement for members to return to work.
But coronavirus infections have been rising, and park employees have pushed back against the mid-July date, citing safety concerns.
“The state of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” said the company in a news release. That would not give the company enough time to recall staffers and prepare the parks to reopen by mid-July.