COVID-19 has left many businesses closed and many people without jobs. Disney has not gone unaffected by the pandemic. In September Disney announced 28,000 layoffs across the company. That number recently increased to 32,000. We now know that more layoffs are coming from the Disneyland Resort.
The Orange County Register reports that Disney will lay off more than 11,500 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure employees. There is a chance this number can grow as the theme parks at the Disneyland Resort have been closed for eight months with no reopening in sight.
In October Disney announced 8,724 layoffs of Disneyland union employees and in September they announced 2,848 Disneyland non-union employee layoffs.
The Downtown Disney District has reopened to guests as well as Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. However, state and local COVID restrictions continue to make operations difficult. It could be next summer before the Disneyland Resort is able to fully reopen.
Disney has announced that a majority of the 32,000 layoffs will come from the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division. This includes the company’s theme park, cruise line, travel planning, retail, gaming and publishing divisions along with Walt Disney Imagineering.
According to Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman, Disney theme parks cut expenses, suspended capital projects and modified operations in an effort to avoid layoffs and furloughs. Before the pandemic, Disney employed more than 100,000 at its U.S. theme parks.
It is heartbreaking to see so many cast members being laid off.
Source: Orange County Register
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