ORLANDO, FLORIDA: The news reports say the Florida theme park won’t sell new passes but will renew passes for current owners.
“We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans,” said Ken Potrock, Disneyland Resort’s president.
However, California’s Disneyland has not reopened since March because of coronavirus.
Dr. Ady Milman, a professor of theme park management said, “When they sell annual passes which are significantly cheaper than typical admission tickets we are going to see the parks full of local residents.”
Disneyland made the announcement earlier this week after it allowed county health officials to use its parking lot for a large-scale coronavirus vaccination site.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a press briefing Monday he is sending a team to The Walt Disney Company’s Florida theme park, Walt Disney World to gather feedback on how those theme parks are successfully operating during the pandemic.
The measure is being taken, said Newsom, “to get a better sense of what’s going on. . . While we absolutely take people’s word for information that they provide us, we want to see things for ourselves.” Newsom added that his state is trying to “get a better handle on what we’re being told, what we’re reading about and our own concerns and our own environment as it relates to what makes our theme parks distinctive and unique.”
Initially, Disneyland was scheduled to reopen on July 17, but it could not happen after a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state.
Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said in a statement on Twitter that the company absolutely rejects “the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a ‘health-first’ approach’.” “All of our other theme parks both in the U.S. and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols,” Hymel said.
“I am very sober about the responsibility and the expectation that is placed upon this administration and administrations across this state to keep people safe and at the same time balance economic imperative of reopening with modifications but mindful of trend lines you’re seeing across the country, for the matter around the world, from Germany to U.K. to other parts of the globe that have had setbacks as they enter into the winter months and I want to make sure we get this right,” Newsom said.
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Florida state amusement parks ought to be permitted to begin permitting more guests, as indicated by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said Wednesday that Florida is getting more “comfortable” with extending limit at its amusement parks, including Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, and will uphold those parks in the backing off of COVID-19 capacity limitations as cases in the state appear to be declining.
DeSantis offered his comments at a roundtable with an amusement park executive in Orlando, commending their wellbeing and safety measures and asserting that the parks have not been problem areas for spreading the coronavirus.
He also additionally said he believed “a lot” more visitors would visit the parks if limit guidelines were loose.
“We think that the capacity can be increased,” DeSantis said. “When you have the protocols that they have in place, you know, we’re very comfortable at the state level.”
Florida significant amusement parks — Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World — have been pursuing at decreased limit resuming after coronavirus shutdowns. Parkgoers at Disney World, for instance, need a booking to get into the amusement park, and can’t jump around to others without one.
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