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When Will Disneyland Reopen? Another Big Delay Announced

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By Gary Trock

Disney fans around the world were eagerly awaiting the reopening of The Happiest Place On Earth after being closed for months, however, bad news was announced on Wednesday that will keep "The Haunted Mansion," and other great rides, out of commission for even longer.

The Walt Disney Co. made the announcement that Disneyland will not be opening on the previously planned date of July 17, and now it seems it's anybody's guess as to when fans will once again be able to enjoy the park.

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Why Longer?!

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Disney parks closed their gates back in Marck amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although limited employees remained on-duty to care for the parks, the majority of Disney's employees were furloughed. Disney explained that getting their employees back in such a short amount of time, due to the fact that they haven't been given procedural guidelines from California officials yet, will make it impossible to hit the target reopening.

Touting the other parks they've already opened, Disney said:

"We developed enhanced health and safety protocols for both cast and guests at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort that have been approved, allowing us to reopen in a responsible manner and bring our cast members back to work."

California Took Too Long

Disney is definitely throwing California officials under the monorail for dragging their feet on approving the guidelines.

"Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials," Disney said.

The House of Mouse also explained that they need to "negotiate agreements with our unions to return employees to work."

Luckily, they have been able to make some progress on an agreement that "details plans that include enhanced safety protocols that will allow us to responsibly reopen, and get thousands of our cast members back to work."

Fans Are Split

In the wake of the announcement, many Disney die-hards are taking to social media to express their sadness and frustration, but most understand that it's for the best to keep the gates closed.

"I understand why Disneyland isn’t reopening, but I’m still sad and a little heartbroken :(" one Disney fan wrote on Twitter.

"If we didn’t have @realDonaldTrump at the helm and we had shut the entire country down properly @Disneyland could be open now. Also 110,00 Americans would still be with us," another frustrated customer wrote.

One rational fan wrote, "I’m an annual pass-holder and miss Disneyland. But given the circumstances, delaying the reopening is the right choice. People can recover from disappointment and boredom."

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