A letter from Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock to the Anaheim community:
Community leaders like you play a pivotal role in Anaheim and that has never been more true than it is today. As we navigate our shared COVID-19 recovery, we again are looking at ways to pair robust leadership with bold ideas to ensure the Anaheim Resort Area stays vibrant for generations to come. In truth, it's hard to believe an entire year has passed since Disneyland Resort closed its gates to guests and joined all Californians in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The economic and human toll on Anaheim, our cast members, and the region as a whole has been monumental, forcing the city and residents to make difficult economic choices to make ends meet.
But today there is a reason for hope, and we know we will make it through this together. Thanks to the incredible efforts of so many, from healthcare workers to scientists and the mask-wearing public, we look forward to reopening the gates very soon.
At Disneyland Resort, we are taking this time to dream beyond the now and think boldly about the future because bold ideas and thoughtful leadership aren't just our legacy, they're our best path forward.
Although the Disneyland Resort currently has the development approvals to build additional theme park attractions, hotel rooms, entertainment, retail, dining, shopping and parking, our existing development approvals severely limit the ways in which we can expand and locate our offerings.
That is why we are launching DisneylandForward, our public planning effort with the city of Anaheim to update our development approvals the meet the current and future demand in entertainment. With these updated approvals, Disneyland Resort will continue to be an industry leader in bringing first-of-a-kind offerings to Anaheim, which in turn will create thousands of new jobs and help support Anaheim's funding for important services such as fire, police and public schools.
To be clear, Disneyland Resort is not seeking any public funding in this effort, nor are we seeking to develop any additional square footage or hotel rooms beyond what is already allowed. We are simply working with the city and community to update existing approvals to allow for integrated, immersive experiences to be appropriately placed and built throughout Disney properties.
If you would like to learn more about our exciting plans for the future, please visit our website at DisneylandForward.com