LA County Votes in Favor of Bill Allowing Disneyland Resort & Universal Studios Hollywood to Open in Tier 3 of California Governor’s COVID-19 Plan

Los Angeles County Supervisors voted on Tuesday in favor of Assembly Bill 420, which seeks to let theme parks reopen much earlier than currently planned. This bill would allow larger theme parks like Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood, to reopen in Tier 3 of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Currently, theme parks with a capacity of over 15,000 guests are in Tier 4 of the Governor’s plan, which is not expected to be reached until possibly late 2021. The bill would amend the state’s guidelines, allowing larger theme parks to open once a region is in the moderate orange risk tier rather than the lower yellow tier.

The Anaheim City Council also voted in favor of passing this bill by a 6-1 vote. The bill would allow larger theme parks like Disneyland to open with 25% capacity in Tier 3.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger wrote a letter in support of the bill.

“With full outdoor operations and the ability to maintain physical distancing, theme parks across the country have proven that they can safely reopen. Large theme parks nationwide began reopening last summer and there (have) not yet been any outbreaks or spread from these establishments.”

Barger went on to say that it would be difficult for a densely populated region like Los Angeles County to meet the requirements to be in the minimum risk tier, but that theme park operations have proven to be safe once reopened. As it stands now, larger theme parks are in Tier 4, and would not be able to reopen until there is less than one daily case of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of less than 2% in Los Angeles County.

Disneyland officials have not yet made a statement on the passing of Assembly Bill 420, or for any potential reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure have been closed since March 2020.

With Disney’s California Adventure reopening in a limited fashion for a brand new ticketed experience in March, and parts of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa reopening in May, we may be on our way to a full reopening much sooner than we anticipated.

Keep checking back here at WDWNT for more updates on the phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort.

Source: Yahoo! News

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Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
1 month ago

This clown has to be kidding with all of these new colors and categories. Just OPEN THE PARKS ALREADY!! Enough is enough. This is complete nonsense that is not at all based on clinical science, but rather an arbitrary scale designed by politicians…politicians who are are loving the power they have over people and businesses. Disgusting.

May
May
1 month ago

What does this mean? Can “Los Angeles County Supervisors” overcome the Governor’s order? Or is it just a recommendation to the governor? Can the Governor shut them up? And let’s say Disneyland, etc reopens, and then cases go up again past the required tier for various reasons (new strain, cold weather, too many travelers not staying home). They will be forced to shut down again? In short, it’s not safe for out of state tourists to visit even if Disneyland reopens, until covid is completely out of the picture. Until then, Disneyland is at least good for locals. This means… Read more »

May
May
1 month ago

It is true that Disney World hasn’t had an outbreak that’s being blamed to it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen at Disneyland, because the two places have very different population density. Orlando has far fewer people per square mile than LA. Furthermore, the government at Florida probably count the cases much more conservatively than California. So there’s a real good chance that if Disneyland, etc reopens, cases will be traced to it and blame cast. It’s not like there aren’t cases outside Disneyland this whole time, it’s just that cases from inside Disneyland might suddenly be a big… Read more »

Jason B
Jason B
1 month ago
Reply to  May

It doesn’t matter how dense the LA population is, as long as the guidelines are followed and attendance is capped at 25-30 percent. These businesses need to open.

May
May
1 month ago

Of course there’s covid in Disney World, there’s covid everywhere. It’s just that nobody bothers tracing, that’s all. You know that Disney World has as much covid as any other town with similar population (for Disney World, that means tourists+employees). But Disney World is nearly impossible to trace or prove anything because people are there for a week or so, then they go home and is gone. If they end up being sick, it will show up on their local statistic, not Disney World’s. And if somebody goes to Disney World and catches covid, it can easily be counted as… Read more »

Tom Corless
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  May

I think we’d hear about more CMs testing positive. Not from Disney, but this stuff doesn’t stay secret.

JerryH
JerryH
1 month ago

The LA County board of supervisors has no say in the opening of Disneyland. Disneyland doesn’t lie in LA County, lol

Tom Corless
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  JerryH

If you read the story, it makes everything clear.

KF
KF
1 month ago

ER healthcare worker in California. I’m not an expert , but Newsom criteria is ridiculous. My hospital has been flexing staff off, one unit is closed and other staff throughout the hospital are being flexed home. Our census has been low for a few weeks now , we never reached an over powering surge in Corona virus. We are barely seeing patients for the yearly covid/flu. It’s time to open up. If you don’t want to go then don’t it’s up to each individual. Don’t judge them or give them a hard time for their choice of wanting to go!!… Read more »

T B
T B
1 month ago

How can a vote in LA County affect Disneyland in Orange County? And “reopening without issue” is just a flat out lie, maybe we haven’t linked it to outbreaks in our country but Disney has been very winningly closed in other countries that actually understand the severity of this virus.

El Guapo
El Guapo
1 month ago

Disneyland is in Orange County, not LA. LA’s vote has zero impact on Disneyland.

Tom Corless
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  El Guapo

People keep writing this, but the article says it.

Mv23
Mv23
1 month ago

If people inside the park are following guidelines and capacity is capped, the rate of possible transmission on Disney property would be very very low. Much less chance of catching it in wide open Disneyland than at Costco or target in my opinion. As always, anyone who thinks its risky is welcome to not attend. We went to Disney World in November and it was magical. Never once felt exposed or uncomfortable. Everyone kept their distance and hand sanitizer was everywhere. Disney has a lot of strict guidelines and have eliminated anything that would gather people together in a crowd.… Read more »