It’s been quite the week for The Walt Disney Company.
Following the news that the Parks, Experiences, and Products department would be laying off 28,000 people, Disney executive chairman and former CEO Bob Iger has QUIT California Governor Gavin Newsom’s economic recovery task force.
A Disney representative confirmed this news with The Sacramento Bee, but did not say why or when Iger decided to leave the task force, which also includes the likes of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The news of Iger’s departure comes on the same day that the California Theme Parks, including Disneyland, asked the state NOT to finalize theme park reopening guidelines without their input.
The potential reopening of Disneyland, which has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, has not been without drama. The park initially proposed a July 17 reopening, but that plan fizzled out. And while Downtown Disney has been open with social distance measures and capacity limits, there’s still no date for theme parks, despite mounting pressure from Disney officials, California legislators, trade associations, and other groups.
The reopening of Disneyland and California’s theme park guidelines, which may be released on Friday, is an ongoing story, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated!