On Friday, Disney officials announced that they would reopen shops and restaurants at Disney California Adventure Park from November, although theme parks continued to close due to reopening restrictions put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Theme park executives from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland, and the company that operates Knott’s Berry Farm came together on Wednesday to decipher what they see as an overly burdensome edict issued by the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday to have. Officials say state reopening guidelines make it nearly impossible for them to reopen. Some indicated legal action.
On Friday, Newsom attended a one-hour press conference and made no mention of the state’s recent coronavirus surge or the theme park issue.
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The reopening of stores along Buena Vista Street, the main attraction at the California Adventure opening, is kind of an extension of the stores in Downtown Disney, which reopened in July.
“It could show how they can reopen the parks,” said Mike Lyster, an Anaheim spokesman. “We welcome this expansion plan.”
Social distancing and other measures at Downtown Disney “show how you can safely and responsibly open the park,” Lyster said. “This is another example of this.”
Disney has doctors from the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to check the temperatures of guests in Downtown Disney. If there are signs of a fever, they put her in a tent so they can cool off and check the temperature again, Lyster said. If the guest continues to show a high temperature, they will advise them on the symptoms of COVID-19 and recommend talking to a doctor, he said.
Orange County’s CEO Frank Kim said this expansion plan was acceptable despite the theme park’s closure.
“It’s not a gray area – it’s allowed,” Kim said.
Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park has done something similar, opening the theme park only for shopping as rides and other live entertainment are still closed, noted Kim.
“Knott’s Berry Farm has consulted us beforehand and we gave them a guide, and I think Disney is doing something very similar,” Kim said.
“You can treat it like an outdoor mall and that’s not a gray area. What you can’t do is live entertainment and large crowds. But if you treat it like an outdoor mall, you can do it. “
The stores slated to reopen are Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Kingswell Camera Shop, and the restaurants slated to reopen are Trolley Treats, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, Carthay Circle Lounge, and Smokejumpers, according to Disney Grill.