In an interview published today with the Los Angeles Times, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, noted that Disneyland will see some permanent changes as a result of measures introduced during the pandemic.
“I don’t want to say we are going to go back to the way it was,” D’Amaro said. Instead, the resort will be “really smart” about what stays and what goes as far as safety and other changes.
Prior to the pandemic, Disneyland Resort employed about 32,000 employees. Right now, about 15,000 are working, D’Amaro said, indicating that staffing shortages seen nationwide are affecting Disneyland.
Park passes are expected to stay for the foreseeable future. D’Amaro said more details on the membership program that will replace the Annual Passholder program will be announced “relatively soon.”
Disneyland continues to bring back a number of attractions and entertainment in phases. The Disneyland Band returned to the park today. More attractions will open next week, and fireworks will return to the resort on July 4.