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Disney executives reveal reopening plans for Disneyland

Disney executives Bob Iger and Bob Chapek have shared more about upcoming attractions and reopening Disneyland at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

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Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, teased a timeframe for reopening Disneyland Resort, revealing the attraction could open “by late April” in California.

“Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our parks to guests with limited capacity by late April,” said Chapek.

“We look forward to publicising an opening date in the coming weeks,” added Chapek. “It will take some time to get [Disneyland parks] ready for our guests.

“This includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the state of California’s new requirements.”

Disneyland reopening “by late April”

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Chapek also confirmed that Avengers Campus will open “later this year” at Disney California Adventure. “Guests will be able to sling webs like Spider-Man and see him soar through the air right before their eyes,” he said.

Disney’s parks and resorts are moving forward with various projects, including Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, Harmonious, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

“I am especially excited about the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel,” said Chapek. “It is truly unlike anything anyone has done before.”

In addition, Disney is making progress on the reimagining of Disneyland Paris, the Zootopia land at Shanghai Disneyland, and the expansion project at Tokyo DisneySea.

Avengers Campus opening in 2021

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In addition, Bob Iger confirmed that he will be stepping down as executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company in December.

“We look forward to better days ahead,” said Iger. “For a company like ours that thrives on entertainment and generating happiness, it has been a very trying year.”

“This is my last shareholders meeting after 16 years as either CEO or chairman,” added Iger. “I will leave at the end of December.”

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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