Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., is opening again up, greater than a 12 months after it shut down as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Disney World in Orlando, Fla., reopened final July.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
There have been only a few occasions in historical past that Disneyland has closed. It closed to mourn JFK when he was assassinated. It closed after the Northridge earthquake in California and closed for the climate a few occasions, additionally 9/11. However over the a long time, that was it.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Till final March, when it shut down for over a 12 months. It reopens to the general public for the primary time once more at this time.
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MARTIN: That is the sound of the well-known Disneyland practice pulling into the Essential Avenue station on a preview day for workers this week. The workers had been all masked and standing socially distanced on the sidewalk, clapping because the gates lastly reopened.
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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Wow. They’re all clapping for us.
ROBERT LAIRD: I am unable to wait to simply be there and really feel it and hearken to the music and scent the churros.
INSKEEP: Robert Laird hosts a Disneyland fan website known as DAPS MAGIC. Again in 2020, when he heard the park was about to shut, he paid a remaining go to.
LAIRD: The entire day was simply type of gray and drizzly. And so they did this excellent factor the place they introduced out a bunch of characters proper by the doorway. After which a bunch of solid members, managers, executives had been there. And everyone simply waving goodbye as individuals walked out. You noticed the streams of individuals simply strolling out. That is the second I consider after I consider Disneyland closing.
MARTIN: They anticipated it to reopen a few weeks later. However that did not occur. Disney laid off over 30,000 staff at its U.S. parks final 12 months. That features over 11,000 staff at Disneyland and Disney California Journey. Many workers members are reportedly nonetheless ready to get again to their jobs.
INSKEEP: OK. Disney World, which is in Orlando, Fla., did reopen final July, which is why my little brother has been capable of go. However California’s lockdown measures saved Disneyland in Anaheim closed.
LAIRD: I can bear in mind the day it closed pondering it is simply going to be a few weeks. And that is going to be odd. And now it is 14 months later. And people couple of weeks appear to be a lifetime in the past.
INSKEEP: Laird will likely be on the park this morning, vibrant and early, a couple of hours earlier than it reopens.
LAIRD: And I feel there’ll more than likely – I do not know if it’s going to be for me. However I assure, in our household, there will likely be tears at some stage. And, you understand, I can truly really feel my coronary heart dashing up as I am simply eager about it (laughter).
MARTIN: Park capability is capped at 25%. Tickets are reserved for California residents for now. In the meantime, the remainder of the nation goes to have to attend to get again to the happiest place on Earth.
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