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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

New York Times – October 9th, 2020 Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

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Disney and Universal urge Newsom to ‘stop delaying’ and let California theme parks ‘open now’

California Attractions and Parks Association launched the new Reopen California Amusement Parks website aimed at encouraging state residents to demand Newsom reopen California theme parks.

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California to issue theme park reopening guidelines — but Disney and Universal may not be happy

Newsom said last week that he anticipated his administration would issue separate reopening guidelines for smaller and larger theme parks in the state.

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Why people are protesting outside of Disneyland

Disneyland saw a massive amount of protests. Here’s why

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New rules keep Disneyland and many other California theme parks closed for now

Facing increased pressure from business owners and politicians in places with theme parks,

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‘Worst Possible Outcome’: Theme Park Enthusiasts Blast California’s Reopening Guidelines

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With large theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood unlikely to reopen until next year, Disney enthusiasts Tuesday blasted the newly released theme park reopening guidelines.

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California Theme Parks Consider Suing State Over Restrictive Reopening Plan

California’s theme park industry is considering potentially taking legal action against the state, industry leaders said at a press conference Wednesday, after the California government announced reopening guidelines for theme parks Tuesday that larger parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood believe are unfairly restrictive.

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Disney, Universal blast California’s decision to keep parks closed: ‘It ignores science’

After months of anticipation, California health officials announced Tuesday that the state will not allow large theme parks such as Disneyland to reopen until the state’s final phase of reopening.

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Cal State Fullerton report says Disneyland closure hitting SoCal economy hard

Downtown Disney extends to Buena Vista Street for more shopping, dining as Disney California Adventure park remains closed

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Newsom vs. Disney: Pandemic depresses California’s fun businesses

Share of California jobs hits lowest level since 2000

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‘People are in need’: Laid-off and furloughed Disney workers receive free food in Orange

With thousands of Disney workers laid off or furloughed eight months after the pandemic forced the closure of theme parks, a church in Orange decided to help out.

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Disney To Lay Off 28,000 Employees In California, Florida

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — With Disneyland and California Adventure closed for more than six months, Disney will reportedly lay off 28,000 employees, most of whom are part-time employees.

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New commercial ramps up pressure on Newsom to reopen Disneyland

A new commercial calls on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other California theme parks as the major tourist destinations approach the 200-day mark of coronavirus closures.

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Disneyland demands Newsom reopen California theme parks now: ‘It’s time’

Disney parks chairman Josh D’Amaro ramped up the pressure on Newsom to let Disneyland reopen during a virtual press conference from inside the Anaheim theme park.

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Alcaldes le piden al gobernador de California que considere la reapertura de los parques temáticos

Al menos tres alcaldes de ciudades del condado de Orange al sur de California le estarían haciendo un llamado al gobernador del estado Gavin Newsom para que establezca los lineamientos a seguir para la reapertura de los parques temáticos de la región.

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Piden al gobernador de California considerar reapertura de parques temáticos

Al menos tres alcaldes de ciudades del condado de Orange al sur de California le estarían haciendo un llamado al gobernador del estado Gavin Newsom para que establezca los lineamientos a seguir para la reapertura de los parques temáticos de la región.

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Orange County Mayors Press Governor to Reopen Disneyland, Knott’s

BY JOSEPH PIMENTEL ORANGE COUNTYPUBLISHED 10:00 PM ET SEP. 16, 2020

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — In a fiery speech on top of a rooftop hotel, with Disney California Adventure’s Guardians of the Galaxy attraction and Mickey Mouse Ferris wheel peeking in the background, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu stood behind a podium and challenged Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit Anaheim and see the economic destruction the coronavirus has created.

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Orange County leaders call for reopening of Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — Three Orange County mayors are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue guidelines to safely reopen theme parks in the region.

The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove held a news conference Wednesday to invite the governor to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to judge for himself if the theme parks are ready to open.

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Orange County leaders plead for Newsom to let businesses, Disney Resort reopen

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Disneyland: Calif. governor to act on theme park reopening ‘very, very shortly’ as pressure builds

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu invited Newsom to visit Anaheim to see for himself both the economic havoc that the pandemic has caused in the city and how it might be able to reopen safety. In particular, he points to the success of the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district attached to the 65-year-old theme park, which has been welcoming guests since July.

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Orange County mayors call on governor to let Disneyland and Knott’s reopen

By HUGO MARTÍN STAFF WRITER SEP. 17, 20205 AM

Six months after theme parks closed across California because of the pandemic, Orange County politicians, trade-worker union leaders and tourism promoters expressed frustration that the state has yet to give Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm a path to reopen.

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Newsom: Announcement coming ‘very, very shortly’ on reopening California theme parks

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday an announcement will be coming “very, very shortly” on issuing COVID-19 guidelines that would allow California theme parks to safely reopen after more than six months of coronavirus closures.

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Disneyland ‘disappointed’ with California’s lack of progress in reopening theme parks

Disneyland called on the state of California to issue COVID-19 guidelines for safely reopening theme parks as the Anaheim theme park joined a growing chorus of amusement parks and government leaders urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to take action after six months of closures.

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Will Disneyland Reopen Anytime Soon?

Gov. Gavin Newsom said officials will roll out theme park reopening guidelines sometime soon as Disneyland and some nearby city officials are pushing to reopen its gates during the coronavirus pandemic and questions about safety persist.

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Orange County Mayors Urge Governor To Reopen Theme Parks

ANAHEIM, Calif.—The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park, and Garden Grove held a press conference on Sept. 16 urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow the safe reopening of theme parks within Orange County.

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu, Buena Park Mayor Fred Smith, and Garden Grove Mayor Steven Jones said the closure of the theme parks has caused economic destruction to their cities and the county as a whole. The parks have been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Disneyland-area cities ratchet up pressure on Newsom to reopen California theme parks

Leaders from Disneyland-area cities ratcheted up the pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks after more than six months of coronavirus closures that have led to thousands of lost jobs and closed businesses.

The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove called on Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to issue COVID-19 guidelines that would allow Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other California theme parks to safely reopen.

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6 month Disneyland closure taking massive toll on Anaheim’s economy

The city of Anaheim is facing economic hardships since Disneyland closed due to the coronavirus pandemic six months ago.

Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Sept. 14, 2020.

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Largest U.S. theme parks report no COVID-19 outbreaks since reopening

By BRADY MACDONALD

No 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.

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California Businesses Leave The State By The Thousands

by Lee Ohanian Tuesday, September 8, 2020

California businesses are leaving the state in droves. In just 2018 and 2019—economic boom years—765 commercial facilities left California. This exodus doesn’t count Charles Schwab’s announcement to leave San Francisco next year. Nor does it include the 13,000 estimated businesses to have left between 2009 and 2016.

 The reason? Economics, plain and simple. California is too expensive, and its taxes and regulations are too high. The Tax Foundation ranks California 48th in terms of business climate. California is also ranked 48th in terms of regulatory burdens. And California’s cost of living is 50 percent higher than the national average.

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