Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from salaried employees to nonunion hourly workers, Disney officials said.
This is on top of the 10,000 cast members in the suspended Disney College Program and Professional Internship Programs that were let go in March or had their employment offers withdrawn in July.
In a letter to employees, Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Product, said his management team had worked hard to try to avoid layoffs. They had cut expenses, suspended projects and modified operations but it wasn’t enough given limits on the number of people allowed into the park because of social distancing restrictions and other pandemic-related measures, he said.
“As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic,” he said.
Here’s a breakdown of the locations that Disney World reported layoffs for:
6246 at Team Disney Orlando – HR, finance, payroll, operations, and resort operations
65 at Celebration offices – administrative (I did not think 65 people even worked there!)
49 – Orlando International Airport – merchandise, operations at Disney’s EarPorts
22 – Creative Costuming
8 – Disney Reservations Center
279 – Disney Vacation Club – sales, front desk, mousekeeping
Disney started contacting cast members on Thursday, October 1st of their status.
The California Attractions and Parks Association, which represents popular California theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, called on California Gov. Gavin Newsom two weeks ago to implement COVID-19 regulations to allow the parks to get back to business.
Disneyland was supposed to reopen on July 17th, but that was postponed as coronavirus cases surged in California during the first half of the summer.
Disney’s other theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong have been able to reopen with limited capacity, with Disney World adding extra open hours last weekend.
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