As Extended Closure Goes On, Disneyland Announces Even More Furloughs
This is the news us here at MickeyBlog.com hate reporting on. But, we have just learned that an additional round of furloughs is coming to the Disneyland Resort. This round will include executive positions as well as salaried and hourly Cast Members.
Ken Potrock, President of Disneyland released the following statement just moments ago:
Since Disneyland Resort closed its gates back in March, nothing has been more important that fully reopening and getting our Cast Members back to work. That’s why it is with heavy hearts we find ourselves in the untenable situation of having to institute additional furloughs for our executive, salaried, and hourly cast.
We expected to be able to open our parks in Anaheim, given our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols as we have in all of our other theme parks around the world, but unfortunately this has not been the case.
These decisions are difficult – and we are committed to helping our teams through this and, most importantly, getting our people back to work where we can. While the near term will be challenging as we continue to navigate in these turbulent times, I promise you that we will continue to work tirelessly to reopen the resort and get our Cast Members back to work, and that my optimism for our bight future continues to be strong. I want to thank each and every one of you for your resiliency and resolve during these challenging and unpredictable times.
Disneyland has been in tense talks with Governor Newsom and the State of California to reopen for several months now. Earlier this year, it was announced that Disneyland would reopen on its 65th anniversary, July 17, but the state quickly nixed those plans.
This is just the latest round of furloughs and layoffs to impact the domestic Disney Parks including Disneyland. Back in September, Disney laid off around 28,000 employees at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The OC Register estimates that about 10,000 Cast Members have been laid off at the California Theme Park Resort alone.
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