Statement from Disneyland President Ken Potrock about reopening of Disneyland Resort


We have just received a statement from Disneyland President Ken Potrock about reopening of Disneyland Resort.

We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world.

Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead of mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities.

Together with our labor unions, we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community.

Dr. Clayton Chau, Director, Orange County Health Care Agency had this to say about the reopening of Disneyland.

“I think for a large county like us, especially a county with an institution of higher education where folks [are] coming in from outside the county and outside the state, I think it’s going to be very hard to achieve the yellow tier.”

“It depends on when the vaccine will come as well as how many doses [are] available for our populations as well as how many of our residents will readily accept the vaccine – those are the three factors that will determine how soon we can get to the yellow tier.”

“Personally, I think that we can look forward to a yellow tier by next summer, hopefully. Hopefully.” 

You can read more about the Disneyland reopening here.

Do you think California’s restrictions on reopening are unreasonable?

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3 thoughts on “Statement from Disneyland President Ken Potrock about reopening of Disneyland Resort

  1. @Ruth, ignorance is bliss, clearly. We invite you to come visit and talk to cast members at Walt Disney World. Or even better, nearly any of the 27,000 former cast members laid off earlier this month. Perhaps it should be their opinion that matters most. I assure you, the “real people” are indeed ready to “get back to work”. It’s those looking down from their Ivory Towers that have a differing opinion, it seems.

  2. Only CEO’s and Trump supporters are anxious to open theme parks as well as their pocketbooks. Real people and communities are not as desperate to get back to work in an environment that can be as crowded and uncontrollable as Downtown Disney. There is no plan for keeping cast members safe from a virus that has no end in spreading, upon returning to their jobs, should there be Covid cases, will Disneyland pay their medical or burial expenses?

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