Disney’s Swan & Dolphin resort laying off over 1000 employees

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Swan and Dolphin

It’s been a hectic week for theme parks in Orlando. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld acknowledge the impact of the global pandemic. Now the Orlando Sentinel reports how Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts reports a new round of layoffs.

With the professional athletes gone, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is laying off about 1,100 employees because of low occupancy and canceled events in another hit to the tourism industry because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The layoffs are coming after Major League Soccer players and staff stayed there this summer. The Swan and Dolphin warned the economic impact will carry over into 2021.

The layoffs are similar to the financial challenges facing Universal’s Loews Hotels. Earlier this week, Universal Orlando notified the state that 5,400 furloughed employees won’t be back to work anytime soon.

Furthermore, the Orlando Sentinel details how nearly 1,900 furloughed employees permanently lost their jobs this month at SeaWorld’s three Orlando properties.

This latest round of layoffs comes as the company tried to recover from revenue and attendance losses. In a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, SeaWorld announced their layoff decision. They’re changing  the status of some park and corporate employees due to the “unforeseeable impacts” the COVID-19 pandemic has had on its business.


Kevin Koszola