Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company shared that Disneyland is aiming to be reopened by late April in an annual meeting of shareholders today.

The state of California, this week announced guidelines revealing that theme parks could reopen at 15% capacity starting on April 1st.

Chapek, who took the reins of the Walt Disney Company from now Executive Chairman Bob Iger last year said “theme parks may open starting on April 1”.

“Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April — we look forward to publicizing an opening date in the coming weeks.”

“While last week’s announcement stated that theme parks may open starting on April 1, 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.”

“I am pleased to say the response has been great thus far, our Cast Members are excited to get back to work.”

“And this is also good new for the Anaheim community, which depends on Disneyland for jobs and business generated by visitors”.

Disneyland has been closed since March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, much longer than originally estimated.