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Disneyland to reopen in late April, Disney CEO says

Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed when he thinks Disneyland will reopen

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In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland has revealed new ticket prices and they’re not a huge climb from before

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disney CEO Bob Chapek revealed when he thinks Disneyland will reopen.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Disneyland will reopen sometime in “late April,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said at an investor’s meeting Tuesday, Deadline reports.

  • Chapek did not give a specific date for reopening. But the “late April” timeline gives Disneyland fans an opportunity to see when the park could open its gates.

Context

California released new reopening guidelines for theme parks within the state last week, per The Los Angeles Times. The guidelines allow parks to reopen beginning on April 1.

  • However, parks are only open to California residents, and they are required to have limited capacity based on theircounty’s COVID-19 numbers.

Orange County — where Disneyland is located — could move down to the red tier soon, per KABC. That would allow the park to have 15% capacity, as I explained for the Deseret News.

Flashback

Chapek recently said Disney wants to “maximize” Disneyland in the near future, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Everything we do, the first lens we look at is to exceed guest expectations. And it’s very tough when your park has more demand than supply, we have to put limits on it. Well, as you know, we have a wide variety of (profit) margins depending on the nature of the guest and how they visit and when they visit. So with a lens toward maximizing the guest experience, we are now able to essentially reset many pieces of our business. Both on the cost and revenue side of the business in order to say, if we had a blank piece of paper, how would we set up our parks business and be a little bit more aggressive than we typically might be able to be without the impetus of, unfortunately, a year-long closure. So we’ve had a lot of time to think, particularly at Disneyland, about what could be.

One more thing

Chapek also said in recent comments that mask mandates and social distancing limitations will remain in place at all Disney theme parks until 2022, as I wrote for the Deseret News.