NEWS! Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro Calls for Disneyland’s Reopening in New Health and Safety Presentation

Disney hosted a presentation today outlining the various health and safety measurements that have been adopted at Disney Parks worldwide since reopening.

Mickey and Friends Cavalcade

The presentation culminated with a statement made by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, which largely emphasized calling on California state government to provide industry guidelines needed to reopen.

Speakers included Djuan Rivers, Vice President at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Melissa Valiquette, Vice President at EPCOT, Elizabeth Mullins, Vice President of Walt Disney World Hotels & Resorts, Patrick Finnegan, Vice President at Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District, and Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products.

Josh D’Amaro ©Disney

Presentations made by these speakers included outlining some of the various ways the parks and resorts have successfully reopened thus far. From guest safety to Cast Member satisfaction, the speakers outlined the ways in which Disney Parks have been able to operate under new health and safety guidelines.

Cast Members

The speakers shared some of the ways Disney has had to adapt to health and safety precautions, such as limited park capacity, Park Pass Reservations, and the temporary suspension of entertainment offerings that draw in crowds, such as fireworks and parades. They also shared the new and innovative ways Disney is providing magic for their guests, including new entertainment offerings such as their character cavalcades.

Mickey and Friends Boo-to-You Character Cavalcade

The presentation also included information regarding the ways in which Disney is committed to keeping Cast Members healthy, which included contact tracing initiatives and testing sites located on property.

Custodial Cast Member and their incredible Water Art!

Patrick Finnegan, Vice President at Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District, previewed some of the new implementations coming to Disneyland when the parks reopen, including an expanded Mobile Order service, required theme park reservations, and enhanced social distancing and sanitation to keep guests and Cast Members safe.

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Josh D’Amaro’s closing remarks specifically called on California state government to provide the key industry guidelines needed to move forward with a reopening plan. D’Amaro highlighted Disneyland’s importance to the economy of Anaheim and Orange County and how tens of thousands of jobs rely on Disneyland to be open, including both Disney Cast Members as well as other employees throughout the local economy.

Disneyland

While addressing California state government, D’Amaro stated, “I encourage you to treat theme parks like you do other sectors,” and that Disney needs “guidelines that are fair and equitable.” D’Amaro warned that the longer Disney waits to reopen, the more devastating the economic impact will be on Anaheim and Orange County.

Click here to read more about Disneyland’s disappointment over a “lack of progress” being made by the state.

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