Hong Kong Disneyland will shut Dec. 2 as Hong Kong reimposes restrictions on public gatherings because of rising Covid-19 circumstances, as the corporate’s struggling parks division lays off hundreds of staff because the pandemic stretches on.
It is the third shutdown for Hong Kong Disneyland amid the pandemic, following earlier closures in January and July, after Hong Kong introduced new restrictions Monday following a spike in Covid-19 circumstances.
Disneyland Paris closed for the second time in October and introduced Wednesday it should stay shuttered by means of February, slightly than reopening briefly for the Christmas vacation as initially deliberate.
Disneyland Resort in California has not reopened since shutting down in March, although Disney’s California Journey theme park just lately opened some purchasing and eating choices whereas the remainder of the park stays closed.
Walt Disney World in Florida is open, and Disney introduced in its current fourth-quarter earnings name that the park has elevated its capability from 25% to 35%.
Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland each stay open as nicely.
Disney’s parks, experiences and merchandise division booked an working lack of $81 million in fiscal yr 2020 because of the theme park closures and restrictions. The corporate introduced in September it might lay off 28,000 U.S. staff in its parks division in gentle of the corporate’s pandemic struggles, which the corporate then elevated to 32,000 staff Wednesday. Walt Disney World’s reopening in July was closely criticized as circumstances in Florida surged, whereas Disney and native authorities officers have railed towards the California authorities’s restrictions on theme parks that prohibit Disneyland from reopening. California’s theme park tips are “arbitrary guidelines that [the state] knows are unworkable,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock stated in a press release in October, saying the continued shut down would “[force] thousands more people out of work” and devastate the native economic system.
What To Watch For
Disneyland in California is unlikely to completely reopen earlier than 2021 below the state’s present tips, which California theme park operators have closely opposed and instructed they might take authorized motion towards. Walt Disney World, nevertheless, is unlikely to shut at the same time as Covid-19 circumstances within the state rise, with Gov. Ron DeSantis saying at a press convention Monday that he stays against shutdown measures. Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated throughout the firm’s This fall earnings name that demand for the corporate’s theme parks has been going up, with guests reserving theme park visits even regardless of the pandemic. “I think people are now—through forward bookings and reservations—showing some very encouraging signs about their willingness to come and spend time with us at a Disney park,” Chapek stated.
Disney Will Lay Off 32,000 Employees As Theme Parks Face Restrictions Due To Covid-19 (Forbes)
Hong Kong Disneyland Reopens For A Second Time As California Theme Park Closure Continues (Forbes)
California Releases Theme Park Tips—However Disneyland Isn’t Reopening Anytime Quickly (Forbes)