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Disney CEO slams California Gov. Gavin Newsom over Disneyland reopening

Disneyland isn’t reopening anytime soon. Disney’s CEO recently slammed California for the decision.

A look at Disneyland in California.
Three of the most popular attractions at Disneyland - the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Disneyland Monorail.
Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort

Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently slammed California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other political officials in the state for how it has handled the reopening of Disneyland.

What’s going on?

Chapek said in an earnings call Thursday he was “extremely disappointed” over the “arbitrary standard” for Disneyland reopening from California.

  • California issued guidelines for theme parks to reopen that were based on the counties where the theme parks reside, which could prove difficult for Orange County, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • The guidelines make it easier for smaller parks compared to smaller parks.

What Disney’s CEO said

Chapek said he didn’t like how California handled the reopening, according to Deadline.

  • “We are extremely disappointed that the state of California continues to keep Disney closed despite our proven track record,” Chapek said.

Chapek said Florida has reopened Walt Disney World with reduced capacity and has kept social distancing at the park.

  • Deadline explained: “It’s been the same at parks that are open around the world, which have also been able to boost capacity while complying with local regulations. He said bookings are encouraging at parks that are open worldwide.”

A look at the numbers

Walt Disney Company has lost $6.9 billion in 2020 because of its park closures around the world, the company said Thursday. That has forced the company to make a pivot toward streaming and content to account for the loss, reports said.