Disney World Filed Paperwork Confirming Layoff of 11,300 Union Workers
In a week that some Disney-insiders said was akin to the Red Wedding in the Game of Thrones, Disney laid off a large amount of their stage show performers and entertainers across all four theme parks. Today, according to a report by WFTV, we have a bit of a better idea of just how many cast members were impacted by Wednesday night’s cull.
According to the report, Disney World confirmed in writing to the state on Thursday that 11,350 of its union employees will be let go by the end of the year. These are part of the 28,000 total layoffs previously announced by the company. Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been impacted by the cuts. Orlando Sentinel combined the figure with non-union members to say 18,000 job losses in total are expected at Walt Disney World.
Roughly 10,903 of the employees in the filing work for the Walt Disney World theme parks. The remaining employees are from other Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in the US.
WFTV went on to say that on Thursday the company also filed paperwork that an additional 52 union and non-union employees at the Magic Kingdom will be let go. It was previously revealed that the company would attempt to notify all of those that would be laid off by November 1st. So these notices appear to be filed in keeping with that agreement.
A Walt Disney World spokesperson said the layoffs were decided and notices filed as part of an ongoing process.
Earlier this week, The Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, released a statement discussing the news that 720 out of its 780 members at Walt Disney World lost their jobs.
This is a story that we here at MickeyBlog will continue to follow closely. Readers are encouraged to keep checking in for further news and updates!