Disneyland reopens despite news rules on theme parks

Disney officials announced on Friday that they would reopen stores and restaurants at Disney California Adventure Park, which began in November, despite the theme park being closed due to the reopening of restrictions imposed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

The company’s theme park officials operating Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland and Not Berry Farms came together on Wednesday to watch what appeared to be an over-burdened edit handed out by California State Governor Goffin Newsom. Officials say state guidelines for reopening make it nearly impossible for them to reopen. Some indicated legal action.

On Friday, Newsom attended an hour-long news conference and did not once mention the state’s recent coronovirus spike or theme park issue.

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The reopening of businesses along Buena Vista Street, the main drag at the opening of California Adventure, is a type of downtown Disney business, which reopened in July.

“It could show how they could reopen the park,” said Anaheim spokesman Mike Lister. “We welcome this plan to expand.”

The social disturbances and other measures taken at Downtown Disney show “how you can open the park safely and responsibly,” Lister said. “This is another example of that.”

Disney has physicians at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian who check the temperature of guests at Downtown Disney, and if there is a hint of fever, they take them to a tent to let them cool down and check the temperature again . If the guest continues to show high temperatures, they advise them on the symptoms of COVID-19 and recommend talking to a doctor, he said.

Orange County CEO Frank Kim said that despite the closure of the theme park, this expansion plan is acceptable.

“It’s not a gray area – it’s allowed,” Kim said.

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park has done something similar, just opening a theme park for rides stops rides and other live entertainment, Kim noted.

“Not Berry Farm consulted us first and we gave them some guidance about this, and I think Disney is doing something similar,” Kim said.

“You can consider it like an outdoor mall, and it is not a gray area. All you cannot do is live entertainment and large crowds. But if you consider it like an outdoor shopping destination, I think you can do it. ”

The stores to reopen are Elias & Co, Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, and reopen to eat are trolley treats, fiddlers, fiffers and practical cafes, Carthead Circle Lounge and Smokejumpers Grill, according to Disney .

City News Service contributed to this report.

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