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Former Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals what Disneyland reopening really means

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Two visitors enter Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Disneyland employees — called Cast Members — may look a little different compared to when you last saw them.

Two visitors enter Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, March 9, 2021. The park is slated to reopen in April, officials say.

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger recently said Disneyland’s reopening is a big move for the future of the company, Deadline reports.

What happened?

Iger told Deadline that current Disney CEO Bob Chapek looked “like a kid” when he announced Disneyland would reopen at the end of April.

  • Iger said this is a sign of the power of Disneyland.
  • “There’s something so symbolic about Disneyland reopening,” Iger said.
  • He said the constant media coverage of Disneyland’s reopening “says a lot about what we’ve been through these last 12 months.”

The former CEO said Disney worked hard during the pandemic to adjust for the future by pivoting toward its streaming platform Disney+.

  • He said the company “had the foresight and had the guts and had the support at the board level to go into this new business. When COVID hit, we at least had something to turn to, and I think it kept the company vibrant because there was a beacon of hope.”

What’s next?

Disneyland began its reopening process this month as California Adventure Park by hosting the “A Touch of Disney” event, acting as a sort of test run for the theme park’s main reopening, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Disneyland proper is scheduled to reopen on April 30 with limited capacity.