Disneyland fans, cast members protest park closure: ‘Tell the guards to open up the gates’

A few dozen Disneyland enthusiasts and cast members gathered outside the park on Saturday to protest its continuing closure, which has prompted the loss of more than 28,000 jobs across both of Disney’s U.S. theme parks. 

Disneyland has been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, while Walt Disney World in Florida reopened with reduced capacity in July. The U.S. has reported more than 8.1 million cases and 219,500 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data. 

“If the other parks have opened safe, why can’t Disneyland do the same?” read one protester’s sign. 

Some protesters, donning Mickey Mouse masks or mouse-ear headbands, held signs that called for the park to reopen with Disney references. “Tell the guards to open up the gates,” one sign read, quoting a line from “Frozen.” “Oh bother! Why is Disney still closed?” another one asked with a picture of Winnie the Pooh. 

USA TODAY has reached out to Disneyland and the protest’s organizers for comment. 

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