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Disney will take ‘baby steps’ to reopen, CEO Bob Chapek says

Disney plans to reopen slowly but surely

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the state will soon provide updates about theme parks reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports.

Disneyland closed Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure on March 14 due to coronavirus concerns.

Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland via MCT

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in a recent interview that the company won’t rush to reopen its theme parks — it’ll take every precaution to ensure trust.

What happened

  • Chapek appeared on Bloomberg Television to talks about Disney reopening its theme parks in Orlando and California.
  • Chapek said: “Disney opens a little later than others — we open up with not as many people inside our parks — but we do that on purpose because we want to build that trust in this new environment. It’s the new normal, and then take it from there. So baby steps every step of the way.”

Some context:

  • Chapek’s words came on the same day that Walt Disney World announced it would reopen in July with social distancing and safety guidelines in effect.
  • Disney World said it would reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios would reopen on July 15, which I reported on for the Deseret News.
  • Disneyland has not announced a return date. Information is expected soon.
  • Some speculation suggests Disneyland could open on June 29, July 9 or July 13, if Disney follows the same timeline it has for Shanghai Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Disney has already reopened Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.