Disneyland Resort Offers Free Coronavirus Testing To Cast Members

ANAHEIM, CA —They’re the people we see walking into Downtown Disney, the ones taking temperatures, reminding you to put on your mask or socially distance amid the coronavirus slow reopening of Disneyland Resort. Now, Disneyland is showing how they are protecting their workers by offering more testing.

On Friday, the theme park shared a new offering for cast members: a free and accessible method to test for coronavirus, a spokesperson for the park tells Patch.

Starting Oct. 26, through a partnership with Quest Labs, employees can request a coronavirus test from their own homes.

The program, increasing options for testing, is all part of the Disneyland Resort’s comprehensive approach to health and safety measures, according to Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

One week ago, the Walt Disney Co. alerted workers that 28,000 of their ranks would be laid off across the country due

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Disney to lay off 28,000 workers

The Walt Disney Company announced last week that it was cutting 28,000 workers in the theme parks, experiences and consumer products divisions in the United States. The move comes more than six months after Disney first closed theme parks in response to the pandemic, and placed tens of thousands of workers on furlough. Citing the “prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business” and the inability to reopen the Disneyland Resort in California, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said the company had “made the very difficult decision” to reduce the workforce.

Although the cuts include executive, salaried, and hourly roles,

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Disneyland Resort Reopening Guidelines Back To Drawing Board

ANAHEIM, CA — After much waiting and high anticipation, on Friday California state officials fell short of announcing new guidelines for mass gatherings, including at theme parks, concerts and sporting events.

Officials from the state sought input on a “first draft of the reopening directive” designed to stay in line with the state’s Blueprint For A Safer Economy, according to a USA Today report. However, theme park officials balked at the restrictions that say until the county moves up to the tier of yellow — which could take months — few if any activities would be allowed at area theme parks.

“Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce, and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework — all leading with science and safety,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services secretary, said in a statement.

Anaheim Mayor Harry

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Disneyland Resort Final Walt Disney Co. Property To Reopen

ANAHEIM, CA — Hong Kong Disney re-opened to the public Friday, making Disneyland Resort the last in the Walt Disney Company’s resorts to re-open. Disneyland Resort—including Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, the Grand Californian Resort and Spa, Paradise Pier Hotel, and the Disneyland Resort Hotel —await word from Gov. Gavin Newsom for a re-opening strategy, Friday.

Harbor Boulevard is dark, with many restaurants and shops closed to the public. There is no reason to be open with no visitors to serve, according to the City of Anaheim’s Chief Communications Officer, Mike Lyster. He discussed the lack of a guideline for theme park re-openings and the need for an economic recovery roadmap with Patch.

Seven months have passed since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in March. The city of Anaheim was hit hard in specific neighborhoods, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Lyster says. Coronavirus infected nearly 9,000 residents. Positive infections have slowed

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Travel Troubleshooter: Orbitz said I didn’t have a reservation with Disneyland Paris; now I have two

Q: Before the pandemic, I used the Orbitz app to book a hotel during our vacation at Disneyland Paris. At checkout, I attempted to pay with PayPal. The Orbitz app said my attempt failed.

After reaching out to Orbitz to confirm that I didn’t have a reservation, I tried again. It failed again. But later that day, I received an e-mail notification stating that both bookings went through — even though Orbitz said they hadn’t.

After contacting Orbitz by phone, e-mail and Facebook, they’re refusing to waive the cancellation fees even though they’re at fault. Can you help me get a refund?

A: If Orbitz said you didn’t have a reservation, then you shouldn’t have had a reservation. But you did. How can that be?

I’ve encountered this problem several times. Online agencies have systems that try to confirm a payment method. When they fail, they just keep trying. That’s

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