ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Thousands of people Friday are urging Disneyland to delay reopening for its 65th anniversary next month.

A change.org petition that was started Thursday, a day after Disneyland announced it would reopen to the public on July 17, has nearly reached its goal of 25,000 signatures within a day. The petition says reopening the park now will endanger cast members and guests, especially since there are now more cases of COVID-19 than when Disneyland closed on March 13.

“Health Officials have stated that the 2nd wave of Covid-19 will be worse. So reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy,” the petition said. “I understand everyone is rejoicing for the reopening of the parks but not during a pandemic where people are DYING, now is not the time.”

Disneyland announced on Wednesday that its Anaheim properties would reopen in phases. The Downtown Disney District would reopen on July 9, and Disneyland and the neighboring Disney California Adventure park would follow suit on July 17. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel would reopen on July 23.

Coronavirus infection rates are up across the country as all states are in different phases of reopening.

The petition is asking Disneyland to delay the opening until cases of COVID-19 drop and health officials say conditions are safer.

Comments (6)
  1. lolz says:

    those 21k people can stay home then!

  2. John says:

    So it is better to open up and spread the virus even more than wait for it to be safe is what you are saying Lolz. Seems like a really smart idea and selfish so you can go to the parks. It isnt just you it is the cast members as well who get infected and they dont have the option like to not go. You sound like a very selfish person.

  3. AM says:

    The lockdown was a failed experiment. Look at all the mass gatherings of protesters that took place in every major city. Where is the outcry? The coronavirus have been spreading and there’s no way to contain it. Might as well open everything up. Those who are against the reopening of the economy can voluntarily stay locked in forever.

  4. Dana S. Chisholm says:

    This is ridiculous. Hundreds of thousands of people have been rioting in the streets and protesting – but, DISNEYLAND is the danger? Are you kidding? If the people signing this are so afraid and the virus is actually serious, then the riots and protests would not have been allowed AT ALL so the virus wouldn’t kill everyone! Good lordie SMDH

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