That appeared to apply to Disneyland and different California theme parks, together with Universal Studios in Los Angeles and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif. But Mr. Newsom backtracked at a Thursday morning information convention, saying that his tips excluded giant parks like Disneyland and locations equivalent to casinos and film theaters due to “the complexity of their unique circumstances.”
Disney made its announcement concerning Disneyland’s closing shortly thereafter.
“After carefully reviewing the guidelines of the governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure,” the corporate stated in an announcement. About three hours later, Disney introduced the closure of Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruise Line “in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees.”
Disney World, which employs 75,000 folks, has expertise with sudden closures. The mega-resort has been shuttered for varied lengths of time due to hurricanes, together with Matthew in 2016, Frances in 2004 and Floyd in 1999.
Disneyland, which employs roughly 31,000 folks, has had unscheduled closures solely two occasions since opening in 1955. The first time was in 1963 for a nationwide day of mourning after the assassination of President Kennedy. The second was after the Sept. 11 assaults.
The California resort has grown considerably for the reason that final closing. It now consists of two in style theme parks: Disneyland and the adjoining California Adventure, which collectively recorded attendance of roughly 28.7 million in 2018, the final yr for which figures can be found. Disney additionally operates three lodges in Anaheim and a buying district referred to as Downtown Disney, which is able to stay open.
Hundreds of different companies in Anaheim and the encircling cities depend on Disneyland to maintain their money registers ringing, from close by mom-and-pop motels to fast-food eating places exterior the park gates to busing firms that shuttle households to and from airports. A 2018 examine by professors at California State University, Fullerton, discovered that the Disneyland resort had an $eight.5 billion annual influence on Southern California.
The coronavirus has already brought about main issues for Disney abroad. The firm’s complete Asian theme park operation has been closed for weeks — 4 parks in China and Japan that collectively entice 51.2 million guests yearly. Disney has stated its China parks will stay shuttered till the tip of March and maybe longer, though its Shanghai property started what it referred to as a “phased reopening” on March 9 by permitting visitors to enter a buying and eating space exterior the park gates.