One Out of Seven Disney World Employees Out of Work By End Of Year
Here at MickeyBlog our thoughts go out to all of the employees that have been impacted by Disney’s recent decision to lay-off nearly 28,000 cast members at the company’s domestic theme parks. Most of these layoffs are expected to go into effect in December and a recent headline by Orlando Weekly that 1 in 7 Orlando Disney Employees will lose their jobs before the year’s end puts the size and scale of these cuts into perspective.
Please check out the article from Orlando Weekly in its entirety here.
As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog over 11,000 Walt Disney world employees will be laid off on New Year’s Eve as the company continues to struggle financially in the wake of lengthy theme park closures and lower than average crowd levels.
As the piece in Orlando Weekly tells us, Jim Bowden, Vice President of Employee Relations released a statement this week saying, “Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce.”
Though the latest round of layoffs included 6,700 non-union workers an additional 11,350 union employees have also been let go. As we previously reported last month over 700 entertainers were let go from Walt Disney World. This includes the casts of beloved shows like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and The Festival of the Lion King. All of these performers are represented by Actors Equity.
Back in September, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to lay of 28,000 employees in the US due to the continued closure of Disneyland Resort and drastically reduced attendance at Walt Disney World. As we previously reported 11,000 of those will be at Disney World and according to the Orlando Weekly another 447 employees will be let go at satellite operations in Kissimmee, Orlando, Celebration and Tampa. This is according to Bowden’s statement.
This is a story that we will continue to follow closely at MickeyBlog and we promise to keep you posted.
Source: Orlando Weekly