A coalition of unions representing 17,000 Disneyland cast members have sent a letter demanding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom stop Disney’s Anaheim theme parks from reopening on July 17 out of concern for employee safety.
“Disney wants clearance from the government to reopen the Disneyland Resort in July,” according to the letter from the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions. “Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable.”
Disney has proposed plans to reopen the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping mall on July 9, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on July 17 and Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier hotels on July 23, pending government approval. The Disneyland resort closed in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.