It seems hard to overestimate. The adventures of Disneyland and California reopened on Friday after 13 months, a tangible sign of a return to normalcy and an optimistic revival of an iconic place – albeit with a capacity of 25%, only for Californians and with social distancing and wearing masks.
A line formed in front of the gate before 9 a.m. and park visitors were active in sharing and tearing up social media. Disney CEO Bob Igger was there taking pictures. Some fans snapped it, others spotted CEO Bob Chapek giving a speech to staff this morning before opening its doors. The members of the roles line up on the main street and wave to the guests. The shops reported that some visitors to the park were sobbing and playing with joy.
Disneyland, other theme parks face California’s confusing rules for visitors outside the state
“A truly happy day in the happiest place on earth,” tweeted Iger. He and Disney lobbied hard for an earlier discovery and against differentiated restrictions set by Gov. Gavin Newsum.
This is great. #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/L1OPM9Jukz
– Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) April 30, 2021
“The opening of Disneyland, which was closed in March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a monumental day for Anaheim,” a cheerful city spokesman, Mike Lister, tweeted.
California theme parks are a major source of state and local tax revenue and a general economic booster. They are also key to Disney’s bottom line. Parks are the entertainment segment for the worst entertainment of the global pandemic, apart from cinemas and live events. The closure of the parks cost Walt Disney and NBUniversal mother Comcast billions of dollars.
Over the past year, California amusement parks have challenged strict rules for closing Governor Gavin Newsum’s properties. In fact, Newsum revealed that Iger left the state working group for economic recovery because of their disagreements about resumption.
Even recently, there has been confusion as to whether fully vaccinated visitors outside the country are allowed in the parks. They certainly represent significant revenue for derelict parks in California.
State and local guidelines are confusing – if not contradictory – and while Sea World in San Diego has begun to allow such visitors, most of California’s major parks have not. Disneyland has stated emphatically that it will not allow visits outside the country until the rules become clearer.
It certainly sounded like the state was open to such business yesterday when Newsom held a press conference to sign a $ 6.2 billion tax cut bill in favor of the country’s worst-hit small business.
“We want to see tourism, but we want to see people hear vaccinated,” the governor said on Thursday. “As this refers to the time parks that will be reopened, tomorrow I will go to Universal, as an example, to visit with their employees. We want to make sure that Universal, Disneyland visitors who come from the state are vaccinated [so that] we keep everyone safe, we keep this disease away. “
The deadline confirmed today with a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health that state guidelines allow fully vaccinated people outside the state to participate in activities restricted to visitors to the state. This includes theme parks.
Just four months ago, California struggled to control a new wave of Kovid that swept hospitals and killed hundreds of people a day. The rapid spread of vaccines and the declining cases in the United States have many fully open or defining dates for this.
Today at Disneyland, fans happily headed to attractions from the Haunted Mansion to the Pirates of the Caribbean. The fan blog “Inside The Magic” noted only one bug, a short close Indiana Jones Adventure immediately after the gates open.
Universal Studios Hollywood opened on April 16.
“Tell the guards to open the gates!”
🎶🎵🎶 # Disneyland 💕💜 pic.twitter.com/FjwVq0Ip30
– DisneyDoItAll! (@HippyDisneyGuy) April 30, 2021
Bob Chapek is among the top managers welcoming the guests at the grand reopening of #Disneyland! https://t.co/9FSpp6bm5f
– Shark Theme Park @ (@ThemeParkShark) April 30, 2021
REPOST by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products: The Disney family, join us as we welcome the return of Cast members to @Disneyland on this historic day of resumption, April 30, 2021! #magicishere #disneyland pic.twitter.com/uPJFnKI3VQ
– Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 30, 2021