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    CNN: Disney California Adventure Park to bring back 1,000 workers in limited reopening

    "Some Disney fans will finally have the chance to return to the California Adventure Park next month for a limited-time experience, about a year after the entertainment giant's theme parks closed because of the pandemic.

    Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock announced the plan Monday in a letter to workers sent in honor of California Adventure's 20th anniversary.

    'Disney (DIS) is not yet permitted by the state to fully reopen all of the park's attractions, so the event won't be like typical visits to a theme park. Instead, the park will offer guests food and beverages, merchandise and "carefully crafted entertainment experiences,' Potrock said in the letter, which was reviewed by CNN Business.

    With this initiative — as well as the recent restart of outdoor dining in Downtown Disney after California's stay-at-home order was lifted last month — around 1,000 Disney cast members will be able to return to work. Tens of thousands of the company's workers have been furloughed or laid off since last year because of the prolonged closure.

    'With limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place, Guests once again will get to step into a magical Disney environment — an environment that will provide memorable and fun experiences our guests are craving,' Potrock said.

    The ticketed events are expected to take place multiple days a week beginning in mid-March.

    The limited reopening points to the potential beginning of a recovery for Disney's California theme park operations after the pandemic hammered the company's bottom line.

    In November, Disney informed the Securities and Exchange Commission of its plans to lay off 32,000 employees by the end of March.

    Disney closed all 12 of its theme parks around the world last spring as the Covid-19 pandemic spread. While some of its resorts, such as Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, have reopened, the California parks remain closed because of state health and safety protocols. The Anaheim, California, resort is Disney's oldest location, with Disneyland opening in 1955 (California Adventure Park opened in 2001).

    Disneyland's unions have pushed California Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen the parks, which is set to happen at a limited capacity only when Orange County reaches a lower level of Covid-19 cases. A group of California state assembly members also proposed a bill aimed at speeding the reopening of Disneyland and other large theme parks in the state.

    Potrock called the California Adventure Park limited reopening a 'very special opportunity ... that speaks to our top priorities: getting more Cast Members back to work and engaging with our guests in different and relevant ways.'

    Disney stock closed at $190 per share, up roughly 5% Monday."


    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

    "It's very symbiotic."
    - Bob Chapek

  • #2
    Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
    CNN: Disney California Adventure Park to bring back 1,000 workers in limited reopening

    "Some Disney fans will finally have the chance to return to the California Adventure Park next month for a limited-time experience, about a year after the entertainment giant's theme parks closed because of the pandemic.


    Good News.....for the employees
    It sound like Disney re-opening in a very slow way.....
    IMO- I think that is Wise !
    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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    • #3
      I'm interested.

      It will depend on price mainly
      Happy Halloween!!!

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      • #4
        No rides? Not interested.

        But I'm all for Disney doing whatever it can to bring employees back, even if just for a limited time. But whatever it is they're planning it's going to have to be reasonably priced in order to make it worthwhile.

        Based on past events, I worry that it will be priced way beyond 'reasonable' just for an event, period. The 'Jungle Cruise' breakfast was (IIRC) about $300.00. But you ended up with a full day in a fully operational DL when it was over. I don't know how many of the 'hoi polloi' will be willing to stump up $200-$300 each and how many of the 'money to burn' crowd there are to make such an event worthwhile just for food, shopping, and 'entertainment' without it ending up with an actual 'day in the park' (rides!!).

        (I know they don't have an option for rides.)
        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stormy View Post
          No rides? Not interested.

          The 'Jungle Cruise' breakfast was (IIRC) about $300.00. But you ended up with a full day in a fully operational DL when it was over.

          (I know they don't have an option for rides.)
          Actually, we didn't. We were escorted out of the main gates at around 7:40, right before the parks opened. It was still worth it just for the experience, but I wanted to be clear.

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          • #6
            When do these Food and Wine tix actually go on sale?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by spoter45 View Post

              Actually, we didn't. We were escorted out of the main gates at around 7:40, right before the parks opened. It was still worth it just for the experience, but I wanted to be clear.
              I was thinking of the people who had a ticket for that day in addition to the event.
              "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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              • #8
                The Knott's events went from $30 to $35 (Halloween) and $40 (Merry Farm) and they sold out at every price point.

                I can't even guess what Disney will ask.

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                • #9
                  I also heard in one of the many news stories pertaining to this that Main Street would be opening sometime in March. The 14th I believe.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ttgal4 View Post
                    I also heard in one of the many news stories pertaining to this that Main Street would be opening sometime in March. The 14th I believe.
                    Uh, ...no. The DCA event is starting "mid March" according to the official statement. I don't think they would also just happen to be opening part of the original Disneyland and not bother to mention that. Also, if you heard from a legit news source then there is no way that the people running Micechat wouldn't have also had access to the same source. It would be all over the homepage for the site, along with every other fansite on the internet. Also, March 14th is a Sunday. The only thing significant that I can think about it is that that is the Sunday when we move the clocks forward an hour.
                    I think someone on the boards mentioned that they were on BVS and talked to someone from security about DCA being partially open, and the security host responded with something like, "The next time you're here, you'll be at Disneyland!". Maybe that is what you read. I don't know. I could be wrong, but I doubt that any part of the original Disneyland will be opening any time soon.

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                    • #11
                      IMO
                      I think Disney wants to open up slowly.......
                      The worst thing for business's can do, is open and close again.

                      I do feel Disney wants is a a safer environment for there Guest and Cast Members
                      and they be taken ever precautions they can !
                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 9oldmen View Post

                        Uh, ...no. The DCA event is starting "mid March" according to the official statement. I don't think they would also just happen to be opening part of the original Disneyland and not bother to mention that. Also, if you heard from a legit news source then there is no way that the people running Micechat wouldn't have also had access to the same source. It would be all over the homepage for the site, along with every other fansite on the internet. Also, March 14th is a Sunday. The only thing significant that I can think about it is that that is the Sunday when we move the clocks forward an hour.
                        I think someone on the boards mentioned that they were on BVS and talked to someone from security about DCA being partially open, and the security host responded with something like, "The next time you're here, you'll be at Disneyland!". Maybe that is what you read. I don't know. I could be wrong, but I doubt that any part of the original Disneyland will be opening any time soon.
                        I’m just telling you what I heard on one of the reports. They may have picked it up from the WDW News Today Website. Of course, we know how reliable rumors can be.

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                        • #13
                          Glad to hear this news! While I would of course rather have the rides open, at least people have a chance to enjoy part of the park and some CMs can come back to work.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChipmunkCheeks View Post
                            Glad to hear this news! While I would of course rather have the rides open, at least people have a chance to enjoy part of the park and some CMs can come back to work.
                            safety protocols put in place,
                            as well bring back the workforce.
                            I agree
                            imo
                            Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                            • #15
                              CNN is a good source of information. I use to watch the news when I am taking breakfast, or while driving. I like that this channel is not interested in politics, and is neutral. I also use kisspr news service to read the news. It a very good platform for getting informed. I like that it has articles from different categories and has all categories that I like, like medicine, politics, cars, cuisine, and video games. I am working a lot, and almost and I need to manage my time, and I like this site because near every article it is written how much it will take to read it.
                              Last edited by JoanDown; 02-25-2021, 08:22 AM.

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