Anaheim pushes for state bill to open theme parks sooner

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:05 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Anaheim City Council is backing a state bill that could allow Disneyland to reopen from its pandemic closure earlier than expected. The state’s current theme park reopening guidelines hold that a larger theme park can reopen at only 25% capacity when its county is in the minimal tier of less than one new COVID case per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2%.

Read more from The LA Times.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:07 AM
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The existing guidelines are insane, and not based in any science. The lack of community spread among employees in the Florida parks make this pretty obvious.


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Thursday, February 18, 2021 11:33 AM

I seem to remember California state legislators coming to Orlando to see a successful reopening for themselves. What that just a junket?

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:00 PM
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Well, God willing, this will all be moot soon anyway. The cases in CA have been falling steadily and rapidly since the beginning of the year. I don't *think* they will continue to do so, but I didn't think they would fall so much in the first place, so apparently I don't know anything. At this rate, it will be a week before we're back to October levels (most of CA on orange tier) and then we may actually hit yellow tier (which we never experienced last year).

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:38 PM
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Sure, but is Orange County going to get to less than 1 case per 100k any time soon? Not likely.


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Friday, March 5, 2021 6:03 PM

Looking now at opening April 1st. April Fools?

https://deadline.com/2021/03/california-reopen-theme-parks-disneyla...234708201/

https://wdwnt.com/2021/03/breaking-disneyland-resort-theme-parks-an...-1st-2021/

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Friday, March 5, 2021 8:00 PM

I feel like the Disney parks may need some more time to prepare, seeing as how they don't really have staff in place to just recall and prep for reopening like we did in Orlando. I feel like the rehiring and retraining process (plus general park prep) will be significantly more extensive after a 12 and a half month closure compared with Florida's 4 month closure

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Friday, March 5, 2021 8:50 PM

They can do an awful lot in almost a month. I'm going to guess most of the preparation has been going on for several months now, including the massive laboratory experiment going on in Central Florida.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021 8:00 AM

RideMan said:

...including the massive laboratory experiment going on in Central Florida.

But enough about the College Program housing

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Saturday, March 6, 2021 11:46 AM

The Anaheim parks have a rehire list, and from what I have heard most of those on that list are champing at the bit to come back. Other than Covid protocol there would be little training involved. Same thing with Knotts.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:13 PM

That is good to know. I know in my WDW days, if you hadn't worked a position/attraction/venue in more than six months, you lost your credentials and had to go through a complete retraining. Obviously that's the entire workforce at this point, but I also wonder if there has been a small group of Cast Members already going through these processes so when the recalls begin they will already have some people ready to train everyone.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021 1:50 PM

I imagine part of the reason for that 6-month credential loss is because of the evolution of procedures in any given position. With the shutdown there has not been any such evolution, plus everyone will need to be trained on the new COVID protocols, so my guess is that the usual rules will be modified somewhat for people who were only gone because of the shutdown. Probably abbreviated training to get everybody back to work quickly.

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