Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the resort will need time to call back and retrain thousands of Disneyland employees.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the ability to remove COVID-19 restrictions largely depends on how quickly people get vaccinated.
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Disney did not say how long the Hall of Presidents refurbishment would last.
Disneyland's two parks have been closed since mid-March thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has shifted Disney World's customer base more towards locals and annual passholders.
Josh D'Amaro has been Walt Disney World's president since September 2019. Before that, he was president of the Disneyland Resort.
Shanghai Disneyland will be the first of the Disney parks to reopen on May 11, with reduced capacity, social distancing and mask requirements.
Chapek will be a controversial choice among diehard Disney fans due to his reputation for focusing on budgets over guest experience at Disney parks.
While no official reason has been given for this change, Catherine Powell may be the first major executive casualty from the troubled opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.