Is Disneyland Preparing to Open More of Its Restaurants Within Weeks?

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Disneyland reopened on April 30, much to the delight of Guests and Cast members alike who had gone an unprecedented 412 days without being able to lay their eyes on Sleeping Beauty Castle. Thousands of Cast Members returned to their jobs at The Happiest Place on Earth. However, the jobs of many Cast Members remained in limbo.

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With both Disneyland and California Adventure reopening with strict capacity limits and limits on how many people could dine in its restaurants at one time, Disneyland Resort officials made the decision to not have all theme park food locations operational. While some locations have reopened since April 30 — most recently Blue Bayou and Storytellers Café — others have still not announced a reopening date.

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A recent post by the Union that represents Disneyland food service Cast Members could signal that the theme park is getting ready to reopen most, if not all, of its currently closed restaurants. The Workers United Local 50 shared on Facebook that a number of Cast Members were being recalled to their positions at the Disneyland Resort.

Recall Update 5/28
Recall notifications for a return to work effective June 13 are set to begin as early as this evening. All numbers are subject to change based on operational needs.
In ODV recall will be from layoff for 28 Cahiers and 5 Stocker/Stewards.
In TSR recall will be from layoff for 1 Bushelp, 15 FSWs, 7 Stewards, 10 Food Preps, and 6 Order Cooks.
In QSR recall will be for 45 Bussers, 100 Cashiers, 40 Food Preps, 80 FSWs, 25 Order Cooks, and 30 Stewards. Cashier, Food Prep, FSW, and Order Cook recalls are expected to become mandatory. Steward recall will be mandatory.
In QSR Busser recall will be mandatory for those remaining on furlough. Remaining positions will then be filled by recall from layoff.
Notifications for recall from layoff is primarily by email while notification of recall from furlough is by phone call. If you have any questions please contact us at the Union office or message us on Facebook directly.
In solidarity,
Chris Duarte
Workers United Local 50 Vice President
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On June 15, the state of California will be dropping all pandemic-era protocols — including capacity limits for theme parks. That means that, theoretically, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure could operate at full capacity — although Disneyland Resort officials have made no announcement at this time as to what their capacity will be after June 15.  With the ability to drastically increase its capacity, it only makes sense that Disneyland Resort would open more of its restaurants to accommodate more Guests.

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The recall of more Disneyland Resort Cast Members signals just one more step that Disney is taking to get back to “normal” operations that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the theme park to shut down. While there are still a number of health and safety protocols in place — including mandatory facial coverings and social distancing — June 15 marks a date that could represent significant changes in Disneyland operations.

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