• Matt Esnayra

Disneyland Executive Calls on Gov.Newsom to Re-Open Theme Parks

A Disney executive is urging California Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen amusement parks and set COVID-19 safety guidelines, signaling that not doing so could have irreparable effects on the local economy, per The OC Register.

  • Disneyworld workers have accused the Walt Disney Company of underreporting its COVID-19 cases, per The Daily Beast.

Why it matters:

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks said during a virtual press conference that "its time" for state officials to allow the reopening of not only Disneyland Resort, but other theme parks across the state, which has been shut down for the past six months.

  • According to the LA Times, Disneyland is not just Anaheim's top employer, but also the region's economic engine that relies on tourism. In 2018 alone, the City of Anaheim collected $151.2 million in occupancy taxes, which accounted for 46% of the city's general fund budget.

  • Almost 72 non-Disney own hotels surround the magic kingdom and D'Amaro says Disneyland furnishes approximately 80,000 local jobs.

  • Gov. Newsom said, "We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks," at a September 16th press conference.

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