NEWS: Disneyland President Reveals Phased Reopening Of Parks Will Last At Least Another Year

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It may seem hard to believe, but Disneyland is approaching its one-year reopening anniversary in late April 2022. In less than a year, the park has introduced a new FastPass replacement system, unveiled the Avengers Campus, and created a new Annual Pass system.

Disneyland reopened in April of 2021

Although there are several additions to the Disney parks in Anaheim California, Disneyland is still not entirely back to normal.

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock recently commented on the park’s reopening process, explaining in a quote to The Orange County Register, “We’re still not staffed up all the way.”

Disney California Adventure

As Disneyland continues to hire more Cast Members “every single week,” the parks are easing health & safety requirements and bringing back traditional character meet and greets.

Disneyland is working to return to “normal”

Currently, Disneyland has hired and rehired about 28,000 Cast Members; about 10,000 of those hired are new to the company, as reported by The Orange County Register. In total, Disneyland has about 30,000 Cast Members between its parks and resorts, which is still about 2,000 total employees less than before the pandemic.

Groot in Disney California Adventure

Potrock further noted, “We’re never going to be back to where we were until those 10,000 people truly have it in their DNA as to what their role and what their mission is as we begin to go forward,” according to The Orange County Register.

There are still some major projects in progress in Disneyland, too!

When describing Disneyland’s reopening procedure, Potrock said, “We’re more than halfway through it, but we’ve got another year,” in a quote to The Orange County Register.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

We’ll continue to look out for more theme park updates in Disneyland and Disney World, so stay tuned for more Disney news!

BREAKING: Traditional Character Meet-and-Greets Returning Soon to Disneyland

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