California Governor Gavin Newsom must have fallen off the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland when he was a kid and got stuck in the murky water listening to the endless loop of the song that you can’t get out of your mind. Or maybe he got sick in the elevator on the “Tower of Terror?” He clearly hates theme parks, as he’s kept them shuttered in Cali since last March, and has no plan, no flexibility whatsoever for re-opening them, and providing some economic relief for the thousands of businesses and employees that have been decimated by the lack of tourism.
Because of Newsom’s complete ineptness on the matter, a couple other California state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow major theme parks in So Cal to open faster than Newsom’s convoluted, confusing, Blueprint for a Safer Economy. (Whatever that means.)
Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva, and Republican Suzette Valladares seek to co-sponsor AB 420, a law that would place all major theme parts in tier 3, and get them open sooner.
It’s one of the main reasons Newsom is on the verge of being forced into a recall election this fall. A majority of people in California have no confidence in him. While Disney World in Florida has been open for months, with millions of visitors safely enjoying the park, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, SeaWorld San Diego, Universal Studios hollywood and every other iconic amusement park stays shuttered in Southern California. “I think we’ve proven to all the world — and in this country — we have robust policies that protect staff and guests,” Ken Potrock, president of Disneyland Resort, said last October.
Erin Guerrero, the executive director of the California Attractions and Park Association is fully behind the new legislation, and took her shot ripping the incompetent California leader. “Worldwide, theme parks have proven they can reopen responsibly while protecting the health of guests and staff,” she said in a statement. “Nearly a year after parks closed in response to the pandemic, tens of thousands of employees remain out of work, while local businesses, communities surrounding theme parks, and local governments face ongoing negative consequences.”
Next time Newsom heads to Disneyland for a photo op, he better make sure his security personnel keep a good eye on Goofy, Mickey and Snow White. They are ticked.