Yesterday Disneyland fans and Cast Members received the disappointing reopening guidelines for California Theme Parks. With still no reopening date in sight, the Disneyland President reaches out to Disneyland Cast Members. Read his personal statement below.
Disneyland President’s Statement
Yesterday Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services Secretary, shared the reopening guidelines for Disneyland and other California Theme Parks. You can read all about these reopening guidelines HERE.
Many were anticipating the release of these guidelines with the hope of reopening. After the report was read the Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, made an official statement in response to what he called mandating arbitrary guidelines.
The Mayor of Anaheim also weighed in stating that, “these guidelines fail working families and small business.” You can read both of these entire statements HERE.
Massive Disney Layoffs
At the end of September, the Walt Disney Company announced that over 28,000 Cast Members would no longer find employment with the Company. One of the big reasons for this massive layoff was the delay in reopening of Disneyland.
Last week, Disneyland reported that they had reached Return to Work Agreements with 11 Employee Unions that represent a large majority of Disney Cast Members.
With the current health and safety restrictions placed on California Theme Parks, many have speculated that Disneyland may not be able to reopen until 2021.
What about all of the Cast Members that have made Disneyland “The Happiest Place on Earth?” The Disneyland President has now offered a message of hope to all of the affected Cast Members.
Due to current restrictions, no reopening date has been set for Disneyland or California adventure.
Message to Cast Members
Disneyland Resort President, Ken Potrock, shares a personal statement for all of the talented Cast Members of Disneyland and California Adventure. Potrock promises, “we will not stop working until we reopen Disneyland Resort.”
Potrock shares the following statement to Cast Members, “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 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 question 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 of you- whose livelihoods rely on the Theme Park industry in Southern California.”
“I know there are tens of thousands of people including each of you- whose livelihoods rely on the theme park industry in southern california.”Disneyland President, Ken Potrock
“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.”
Our thoughts are with all that are affected by the indefinite closure of the California Theme Parks.
“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 agian.”Disneyland President Ken Potrock
What do you think about the fact that Disneyland will remain closed even though the Disney Company has successfully reopened all of their other Theme Parks around the world? What do you think the Disney Company will do next as they “will not stop working until Disneyland reopens?” Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.