Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock has already been vocal about today’s California theme park reopening guidelines, which were finally released by Governor Gavin Newsom’s office after a lengthy delay. Calling the guidelines “unworkable,” Potrock is in clear disagreement with the Governor’s office.
Now, the Disneyland President has sent a heartfelt letter to Cast Members amid today’s unfortunate news:
Once again, I find myself sharing news that I’d hoped would be very different. Today, despite our best efforts to advocate for a different outcome, the governor’s office announced that large California theme parks have been placed in the state’s most restrictive category for reopening.
Clearly, this news is challenging for us and comes during what has already been an incredibly difficult month. To say I am disappointed and saddened is an understatement, particularly since all of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols in place for our Cast and our Guests.
I know this news will prompt questions about what this means for our Cast, our community and the overall resort. I can’t answer those questions today as we are doing our best to understand the implications of this decision. I know there are tens of thousands of people – including each one of you – whose livelihoods rely on the theme park industry in Southern California. We will not stop working until we reopen Disneyland Resort so we can bring our Cast back to work, get the local economy moving and share the magic and joy of Disney once again.
Twitter user @Maria_Senpai25 shared the letter to Disneyland Cast Members on Twitter.
Other Walt Disney Company Executives have previously spoken out against Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park’s extended closure, which began over seven months ago.
Executive Chairman Bob Iger quit Governor Newsom’s economic recovery task force and Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro blamed California’s lack of reopening guidance for Disney’s recent layoffs.
At this time, there is no known reopening date for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. An Orange County Health Officer believes that it could be next summer before Anaheim enters California’s “minimal” yellow tier, which is required for reopening.
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