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Disney World could close before Disneyland reopens, new report suggests

Disneyland Paris has closed because of a COVID-19 spike. Disney World may follow in the same path.

Toy Story Land is part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Toy Story Land is part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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A new report from The Motley Fool suggests Walt Disney World could close down for a second time during the pandemic before Disneyland has a chance to reopen.

The case:

Consider Disneyland Paris, which announced Thursday it would be closing its doors as France deals with a new COVID-19 spike.

  • The park said it would hopefully reopen by Dec. 19.
  • We saw this happen back in March. Disney’s theme parks slowly started to close down because of rising COVID-19 cases in various areas.
  • The United States continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, so much so that it continues to hit new daily records.

So the argument could be made that Disney World in Florida will shut down before California allows Disneyland to reopen.

  • According to The Motley Fool, “one has to wonder if Disney’s stateside operations will also have to hit the pause button. We have to start bracing ourselves for the grim possibility that Florida’s Disney World might have to close again before the original Disneyland gets a chance to reopen.”

Another piece of evidence — Disney World has reopened more parts of its park. But it has also laid off employees in recent weeks.

The counter:

Disney World has so far proven to be a safe experience for guests, according to The Motley Fool.

  • “To its credit, Disney World has proved that it can reopen safely in the pandemic. There haven’t been any major coronavirus outbreaks tied to any of the Florida theme parks since resuming operations in June and July. But the narrative can change, just as it is doing right now across Europe, if cases continue to climb.”

One more factor — California won’t reopen theme parks

California issued guidelines in October for how theme parks can reopen. And it appears Disneyland would have a tough time meeting the standards to reopen, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Dr. Clayton Chau, the director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, said in a statement to the Deseret News that Orange County, where Disneyland is located, will struggle to reach the level of safety for the park to reopen.

  • “I think for a large county like us, especially a county with institution of higher education where folks (are) coming in from outside the county and outside the state, I think it’s going to be very hard to achieve the yellow tier,” he said.