The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart, Disney HaAaPpPys no choice but to delay the reopening of the theme parks and resort hotels until they receive approval from government officials. Once they have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, they'll expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.
Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for cast members and guests. The opening of Downtown Disney District has been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout California. The Master Services Union, which represents retail cast at this location, previously signed an agreement for members to return to work.
In order to reopen theme parks Disney negotiated agreements with their unions to return employees to work. Disney had positive discussions and are very pleased to have signed agreements from 20 union affiliates, including the Master Services Council, which represents more than 11,000 cast members. The signed agreement details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow Disney to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of cast members back to work.
Disney want to thank cast and guests for your patience during this unprecedented time while we await approval from government officials.
Disneyland Resort Reopening Update
Disney previously announced a proposed phased reopening of Disneyland for July 17, pending government approvals. Disney developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work.