Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock has followed up his public statement with something much more personal for Cast Members, stating that Disney “will not stop working until we reopen Disneyland Resort”. Earlier today, Potrock slammed the California government for its “arbitrary” theme park reopening guidelines, which he claims will force thousands of more people out of work.
You can read his full memo to Cast Members below:
Once again, I find myself sharing news that I’d hoped would be very different. Today, despite our best efforts to advocate for a different outcome, the governor’s office announced that large California theme parks have been placed in the state’s most restrictive category for reopening.
Clearly, this news is challenging for us and comes during what has already been an incredibly difficult month. To say I am disappointed and saddened is an understatement, particularly since all of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols in place for our Cast and our Guests.
I know this news will prompt questions about what this means for our Cast, our community and the overall resort. I can’t answer those questions today as we are doing our best to understand the implications of this decision. I know there are tens of thousands of people – including each one of you – whose livelihoods rely on the theme park industry in Southern California. We will not stop working until we reopen Disneyland Resort so we can bring our Cast back to work, get the local economy moving and share the magic and joy of Disney once again.
As we’ve seen in the past, Disney Parks does not shy away when it comes to “clapping back” at government officials. So far, we’ve seen the Chief Medical Officer respond to Governor Gavin Newsom regarding science-based safety protocols, and now we see Disneyland Resort’s very own recently-minted President, Ken Potrock, step forward.
Disneyland recently reached agreements with 11 labor unions, but with a reopening date dependent on COVID-19 rates, it’s unknown whether they’ll be able to reopen in November, December, or even next year, keeping the parks shuttered indefinitely.