Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced during The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday that Disneyland theme parks will be reopening in late April.
The parks have been shuttered for more than a year. Following a bill introduced in the California State Legislature with bi-partisan support, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that large theme parks in the state would be allowed to reopen with extremely limited capacity on April 1.
Capacity at theme parks like Universal, Disneyland and even sports stadiums will be limited to 15% for those in the red tier. Once a county gets to the orange tier, capacity can be increased to 25% and in the yellow tier it goes up to 35%.
“The fact is it will take some time to get them 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,” Chapek said in the statement. “I am pleased to say the response has been great thus far, our Cast Members are excited to get back to work.”
This is on top of the limited capacity, extra ticketed event “A Touch of Disney” that begins on March 18 at Disney California Adventure.