Disney California Adventure is planning a food festival in March
It’s still unclear when Disney’s theme parks in Anaheim will reopen, but the House of Mouse hopes to appease its most ardent fans by hosting a food and drink festival on the grounds of its California Adventure Park in March.
To help kick off the festival, Disney has announced it will recall around 1,000 laid-off or time-off employees after Disneyland and California Adventure Park closed last March as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across states. -United. Another 350 Disney employees have returned to work with the recent reopening of restaurants and stores in the adjacent shopping district known as Downtown Disney.
The food and drink festival, tentatively scheduled for mid-March, will invite guests to stroll the park, shop for food, drink and souvenirs, and experience what Disney calls ” unique and carefully designed entertainment ”. Dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced, and no entertainment details have been released.
“The past year has presented extraordinary challenges, but it has not diminished our ability to move forward with a spirit of optimism,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said Monday in a note. to employees.
State restrictions prohibit theme parks from operating attractions, but the Downtown Disney shopping area next to the parks has been operating its stores and restaurants since July. In November, Disney also opened shops and restaurants on Buena Vista Street, a main thoroughfare inside Disney California Adventure. Outdoor dining options at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street were temporarily closed in December when Gov. Gavin Newsom posted a home order in response to the increase in coronavirus cases. the the governor lifted this order last month, allowing restaurants to offer outdoor dining again.
Food and drink festivals are an increasingly popular event at Disneyland Resort, such as the Lunar New Year Festival, which featured stalls scattered across Disney California Adventure offering traditional Chinese food and drink, as well as musical performances and dancers.
It’s unclear how Disney will deliver entertainment during its March festival without letting park visitors congregate in violation of social distancing guidelines.
Disneyland executives, along with other theme park operators in the state and the mayors of cities that are home to theme parks, have been pressuring the governor for months to create health protocols that allow parks to reopen soon. He hasn’t moved.
In October, Disney laid off 28,000 workers through its parks, experiences and products division; approximately 10,000 of these layoffs occurred at Disneyland Resort parks, hotels and stores in Anaheim. New wave of layoffs followed in November.
Two state lawmakers, Assembly Members Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) and Suzette Valladares (R-Santa Clarita), introduced a bill last week that would speed up the reopening of all parks in the state by moving them to a less restrictive level on the governor “Master plan for a more secure economy”. If the bill passes, Newsom is unlikely to sign it.
Newsom’s guidelines tie the reopening of parks to infection rates and the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the counties that are home to the parks, as well as a benchmark of equity. If the spread of the virus in a county decreases sufficiently, the theme parks in that county may reopen.