OC Register: No COVID-19 Outbreaks At Largest US Theme Parks Since Their Re-Opening

There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the nation, the OC Register reported yesterday. Meanwhile, California theme parks remain shuttered after six months – with devastating effects for their local economies – while waiting for Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to figure out guidelines to allow them to do what theme parks all over the nation are already doing safely: re-open.

According to OC Register:

“No COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Legoland and Cedar Fair parks in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan, according to state health agencies and theme park officials.”

Obviously, the science and data demonstrate that theme parks know how to open and operate safely during this pandemic.  And yet Governor Newsom continues to drag his feet on issuing guidelines for theme parks to re-open.  It is literally the only segment of the Californai economy for which Newsom’s office has not issued guidelines. The sole reason the Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and other California theme parks remain closed is inaction by Governor Newsom’s office. And that inaction is due in large part to lobbying by unions like UNITE-HERE Local 11 that are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic as a bargaining chip  – content to let their members languish without work for month after month when they could have gone back to work in mid-July.

The economic impact of the Disneyland Resort’s closure has been calamitous. The tens of thousands of cast members have been thrown out of work. Hotel occupancy in the Anaheim Resort has plummeted accordingly, precipitating further layoffs. The Resort generated approximately half of Anaheim’s general fund revenues; it’s closure has torn a enormous hole in city revenues.  Governor Newsom’s failure to issue theme park guidelines is needlessly prolonging the agony.

Disney knows how to re-open safely. The company has been safely operating the much larger Walt Disney World in Orlando  since July. The company was ready to re-open the Disneyland Resort in mid-July. Disney has clearly show in can do so.

The weight of empirical data and experience is overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the Disneyland Resort to re-open.  Our knowledge of the virus, how to treat it and how to live and work with it has increased exponentially during the past six months. Continuation of this arbitrary shutdown serves no reasonable objectives and is destructive to Anaheim. It’s time to allow the Resort to re-open and allow workers and businesses to resume their lives.


  1. I don’t believe this because it is too early to know if there are no outbreaks.

    • David Michael Klawe

      Too early? Many of these Nationwide Theme Parks opened in June and July, peak Summer Break, and now it is mid-September.

      From the article.

      >>Florida’s Orange County Department of Health officer Dr. Raul Piro said in late August that Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando haven’t had any COVID-19 outbreaks, according to WKMG-TV. The primarily outdoor nature of Orlando’s theme parks likely makes it harder for coronavirus to be transmitted, according to Piro.<<

      It is clear that the Theme Park Industry, with proper safeguards, should be re-open in Southern California, especially Orange and San Diego Counties, where the transmission rates have been dropping.

    • The city has a axe to grind. To open parks just for money is not a way to go. I am a concerned park employee. Most of these employees have no seniority that want to go back to work so they can jump ahead of the line. Talk about selfish. WARE A MASK

  2. Come on Gavin pull your head out your rear YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Using data sets and modeling you are terrorizing your own state. I bet you buy the (data) from the UK ?? lol

  3. Simple solution. Open up. If you do not wish to work then remain home. If you do not wish to visit then remain home. If you believe that it has been “too early to know if there are no outbreaks” then simply look at Orlando which has been open since July. Your selfishness is keeping literally thousands of employees and millions of guest out of Anaheim. If you are one of these extortion union members then shame on you for keeping other fellow Unions from working. If you wear a mask at home or alone in the car while driving then perhaps you should not be out and about anyway. Your fear should not dictate the lives of others.

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