Disneyland Demands California Governor Reopen Theme Parks Now: ‘It’s Time’


It’s hard to believe Disneyland Resort has been closed for over six months now due to COVID-19. While Disney Parks around the world have begun phased reopening, Disneyland’s reopening is still on hold. Disney Parks Chairman, Josh D’Amaro, ramped up the pressure on the California Governor to let Disneyland reopen during a virtual press conference on September 22.


As shared by OCRegister: “We’re ready,” D’Amaro said during the news conference. “It’s time.” D’Amaro joins a growing chorus of theme parks, industry associations and city leaders calling on Gov. Newsom to reopen California theme parks.

The Disney parks chief pleaded with state and local government officials to give Disneyland and Disney California Adventure clearance to reopen now. “We need guidelines that are fair and equitable,” said D’Amaro.

“I encourage you to treat theme parks like you would other sectors,” said D’Amaro, chairman of the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products division. “Help us reopen.” Nearly 80,000 regional jobs depend on the Disneyland resort, according to D’Amaro. “The longer we wait, the more devastating the impact will be for Orange County,” D’Amaro said.


An announcement on California theme park reopening guidelines is coming “very, very shortly,” Newsom said.


About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.