Josh D’Amaro named Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Josh D’Amaro

Josh D’Amaro former Walt Disney World President has been named Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, succeeding Bob Chapek, who became CEO of The Walt Disney Company earlier this year in February 2020.

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company announced that Josh D’Amaro has been named Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and Rebecca Campbell has been named Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International. Mr. D’Amaro and Ms. Campbell will report to Mr. Chapek.

Rebecca Campbell

“I am certain he will take Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products segment – home to some of our company’s most iconic and beloved businesses – to exciting new heights in the years to come.”

“Our company is very fortunate to have a deep bench of talent and we’re extremely pleased to welcome these two exceptionally qualified Disney veterans to our senior management team,” Mr. Chapek said.

“Both Josh and Rebecca have more than two decades of leadership experience with the Company, a keen understanding of our brands and businesses, and a shared passion and vision for delivering extraordinary entertainment and one-of-a-kind experiences.”

VE Day and Disney’s Contribution To The War Effort

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe Day’ when the war against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

During World War II, Walt Disney Studio’s was heavily involved in the war effort by producing propaganda films for the US government and training films for the Army and Navy. 

Disney also created insignias for all branches of the armed forces.

If you want to find out more about Disney’s involvement in World War II the book “Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War
by John Baxter will be an excellent addition to your Disney book collection.

Leaked Cast Member FAQ Reveals Disneyland Paris Reopening Plans.

Euro Disney SCA has revealed details of the reopening process for Disneyland Paris in a leaked FAQ document sent to Cast Members.

The leaked document which is published below doesn’t reveal any details on the possible reopening date of the restort but one important detail is included.

Disneyland Paris believes that the restort does not fall under the ban on gatherings of over 5,000 people that runs until September 2020 as outlined by France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe last week.

When do you expect our destination to reopen?

We look forward to welcoming guests as soon as it is advisable but it is still too early to announce a reopening date.

Public or private gatherings are limited to 10 people until June 1. Could our destination reopen on June 2?

We are working closely with other Disney Parks, public authorities, our social partners and our reopening plans will be presented to our CSE (Social and Economic Council).

It is still too early to announce a reopening date, as the situation is still evolving.

Events involving more that 5,000 people will not be able to take place before September 2020. Given that Disneyland Paris hosts more than 5,000 guests and Cast, does this mean that Disneyland Paris will not open by then?

That restriction to 5,000 people mentioned by Edouard Philippe is related to one-off events that must be declared to the Prefecture in advance – like festivals, professional fairs, sporting events, soccer matches etc. It is our understanding that our destination is not affected by this measure. We will continue to work closely with the authorities to adjust our plans based on their latest recommendations and therefore, we might need to be adjust our operations when we re-open. For more information about this restriction not related to Disneyland Paris, please visit the sites of the public authorities.

The Prime Minister also announced that the major sporting events will not take place before September. Could the Run Disney be called into question?

The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend is scheduled to take place from September 24 to 27. We will continue to adjust our operation and events based on updated public and health authority guidance.

What are the elements taken into account in these reopening plans?

Our reopening approach include considerations for all elements of the Cast and Guest Experience, including physical distancing, cleaning measures, etc. as well as government and health authority guidance. As always, the safety of our Cast Members and Guests are at the forefront of our approach to reopening. We will share more with you as soon as possible.

When will these plans be released?

We will share more specific plans when we are able. It is still too early to share the reopening plans. Plans are in accordance with government guidance and must be shared with our CSE (Social and Economic Council).

Businesses are allowed to reopen on May 11. Why not reopen the Disney Village shops?

We will continue to assess the situation and share more information when we are able to do so. The government shared it will discuss reopening plans for bars and restaurants at the end of May.

Re-opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel Postponed.

Disneyland Paris has announced that the scheduled reopening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel on 15th June 2020 has been postponed.

In line with French government safety measures, the continuing refurbishment of the hotel has been temporarily suspended and no new opening date has yet to be announced.

Disneyland Paris said it hopes to be able to share further information, once it has been advised by the French authorities that construction and refurbishment works at the hotel can continue.