Disney fans and employees protested the closure of Disneyland outside the park in California this weekend. The park remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A few dozen protesters gathered outside the park on Saturday, some holding signs reading, "Tell the guards to open up the gate," and "California needs its happy place." Some protesters were former employees of the park.
Both U.S. Disney parks closed in March near the beginning of the pandemic. Disney World in Florida reopened in July, but Disneyland remains closed. Other theme parks in the U.S. are also open.
"Cast members don't want to lose their dream jobs," protest organizer Natasha Ramirez told USA Today. "It's better to have Disneyland open just like all the other ones are and allow the cast members to choose if they want to return or not, instead of not having a choice at all and being laid off ... We started this event in response to the layoff in hopes of getting Disneyland back open so no more layoffs will happen and so that those who were recently laid off might be able to go back."
More than 28,000 jobs have reportedly been lost across both parks.