NEWS! The State of California Will Postpone the Release of Their Theme Park Reopening Guidelines

Yesterday, we reported that the state of California would release their theme park reopening guidance this week. Later in the day, the California Attractions and Parks Association requested that the state work more closely with industry leaders before releasing the guidelines.


It now looks like the unveiling of those guidelines will be postponed, according to a reporter from the Los Angeles Times.

Reporter Phil Willon posted on Twitter this morning that the Newsom Administration will postpone the release of the theme park industry guidelines, citing that “Amusement park officials complained that it was too restrictive.”

This was soon confirmed by Orange County Register, who reported that California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a statement, “Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety.”

Disneyland Entrance

Yesterday, the California Attractions and Parks Administration noted that theme park leaders “saw an initial draft of state guidance and blueprint placement for California’s amusement parks,” and “While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan.”

Disney California Adventure Health and Safety Signs

So, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board to some extent when it comes to the theme park reopening guidelines. We will continue to monitor this story as it develops and will keep you up-to-date with all the latest information.

Click here to read about how Disneyland Resort’s President says the resort is “in limbo” until the guidelines are released.

Did you have 2020 travel plans to the Disneyland Resort that were disrupted by the closures? Let us know in the comments.

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One Reply to “NEWS! The State of California Will Postpone the Release of Their Theme Park Reopening Guidelines”

  1. Yes, we had plans for April, July and September that have all had to be cancelled due to the closure. (And to be honest, I’m still hoping for an opening before the end of this year!) We are first-time annual passholders (starting last quarter 2019) and only managed to make half of our planned trips. It seems our state leaders are not taking into account the success of the re-openings of the other Disney parks world-wide. While I have not specifically looked up each and every location, I know that if there were an outbreak from any individual park that it would make the news and I have not seen anything yet. I would like to ask those making the guidelines to not be overly cautious but be sensible and really consider what they’re asking. Please know that you cannot save everybody from themselves – as evidenced by the outbreaks from the beach openings and parties being held. However, with the proper guidelines (already) in place those of us that really want to go will comply with reasonable restrictions to provide as much safety as possible.