Interview with Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, about Shanghai Reopening, the “New Normal”, & More

This morning, Bob Chapek, Disney’s CEO, was interviewed by CNBC to talk about a variety of items including the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland, park reopening decisions, likely requiring masks, future films, and more.

Chapek shared the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland is a “first step” for Disney. They plan to move “slow and steady” in reopening by adding 5,000 guests a week at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Disney will continue to do their part and guests need to do their part as well by following social distancing guidelines. Chapek believes one of the most trying things will likely be requiring masks for both Cast Members and Guests, especially in the heat.

While Chapek does not share a possible reopen date for the other Disney Parks, he did say Shanghai and Disney Springs reopening are good signs and the “beginning of a great new rebirth of Disney Parks”. Many factors will go into reopening and Disney is making those decisions in a responsible way.

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The Mulan film is scheduled to debut in theaters in July. Chapek shared he believes there is a “pent-up demand for movie goers” and is optimistic Mulan will do well. Theaters will be a “stair step situation” much like the parks.

Chapek is thrilled with Disney+ progress. Since the filming was already complete for The Mandalorian and Black Widow prior to the pandemic, there will be no delay for either of those.

Check out Chapek’s roughly 15 minute interview found here:

Chapek remains encouraging. He said they will operate in a safe way. While this has been a disruption as a CEO in a very fast and profound way, the unprecedented times has called Disney together for a team approach with all on board.

“Disney is a resilient company. We’ll be back stronger than ever.” – Chapek

Video Source: CNBC

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.