Workers’ Hours Cut At Disneyland?
Another item that hit the wire last week was speculation about workers’ hours at Disneyland: “Disneyland’s Star Wars flops, now employees getting hours cut: source…”
The force is not strong at Disneyland this summer, and employees are feeling the pinch.
The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Land made its debut to the public in May of 2019 at Southern California’s Disneyland and has become a bit of a disappointment to the theme park employees whose hours and paychecks have suffered due to lack of attendance.
“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,” an employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, tells FOX Business. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”
A Disney spokesperson quoted in the story explained:
“Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30 and 40 hours per week and that their schedules vary depending on a number of factors.”
However, the source of the story contends:
“Part of the problem too has been all the hype surrounding the new Star Wars land,” the source shared [with Fox Business]. “Tourists fear the anticipated crowds and the Los Angeles locals seem to be waiting out the summer crowds too.” The source continued, “Admission to the park is not cheap either, it is $149.00 for one park or $199.00 during peak summer weekends for a park hopper ticket. For many families, that adds up real quick.”
Thankfully, for Disney fans, one analyst said there’s no need to panic.
Media analyst Porter Bibb, of MediaTech Capital Partners, explains why the new Star Wars land may be struggling to pull in big numbers in it’s opening fiscal quarter, “It experienced some malfunctions due to the complex, sophisticated features but will be a compelling attraction, especially once the new Star Wars film opens in Q4.”
From Porter’s mouth to The Force’s ears….