NEWS: California Governor Releases Four Stage Plan for State’s Reopening. Here’s What That Could Mean for Disneyland.

In an effort to find the best path for reopening, states in the US have been gathering task forces to create a guide map for the eventual reopening of businesses.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Last week, the Reopen Florida Task Force met several times to give guidelines and recommendations from members such as Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro. From those recommendations, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to provide an update on the state’s reopening later today. California has also formed its own task force, including members such as the Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger. This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement that seems to give a timetable on the proposed reopening of the state.

According to the Orange County Register, Governor Gavin Newsom laid out a four-stage plan along with Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell on when to reopen California’s businesses. Currently, California is still in Stage 1 with stay-at-home orders in place.

Gavin Newsom ©(Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

Stage 2 would reopen “lower risk” workplaces such as retail stores, manufacturing plants, and offices and is likely “weeks” away according to Newsom. Stage 3 is “months” away and would reopen “higher risk” businesses like salons, gyms, and theaters.

Fitness room at the Disneyland Hotel

Large gathering spots and venues would open in Stage 4. Newsom did not specifically mention theme parks like Disneyland during the presentation, but it could be safe to assume they would reopen during Stage 4 as well.

Disneyland entrance during closure

For businesses to reopen during Stage 4, Newsom believes that they would have to wait until a treatment for the health crisis is available.


Newsom made clear during the presentation his intentions with this road map by saying, “Politics will not drive our decision making. Protests will not drive our decision making. Political pressure will not drive our decision making. Science, data and public health will drive our decision making.”

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3 Replies to “NEWS: California Governor Releases Four Stage Plan for State’s Reopening. Here’s What That Could Mean for Disneyland.”

  1. All I know is that they better be extending the amount of time you can collect unemployment if salons and such are “months” away.

  2. I want people to live more than I want to go to Disneyland/Disneyworld. And I am all things Disney. So I will wait. It’s no fun, but I will wait.

  3. I think Newson has done an outstanding job of being a true leader. I “have” a trip planned to CA this summer which is 99% chance of being canceled which make me really sad but I am so glad he is being thoughtful and evidenced based. Taking our pain now as one lump and clearing COVID will be better than jumping the gun too early then having high death tolls and this dragging on for a year. As a health care provider I promise you NO ONE is safe from this. I miss Disney and traveling but better to keep my family and everyone else safe. Hope all who read this will be safe and well until we can all meet again in a Happiest Places on Earth!