Disney in California and Florida will be laying off 28,000 workers due to the cornavirus pandemic.
Disney was closed for six months due to covid-19 and just reopened in July. Of the 28,000 workers that will be gone, 67% of them were only part-time workers.
Josh D’Amaro, the Chairman at Disney’s Florida park says that Disney is “talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps.” He also calls the decision “heartbreaking” but “the only feasible option” due to “the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic.”
Some people are saying that “the happiest place on earth just got a lot less happy.” These cuts in the staff will definitely affect the parks and stores since there will be fewer people around.
Other layoffs include Disney’s Grand Floridian and Port Orleans resorts musicians. So, now if tourists go to these resorts there will be less live music. Some other cuts were to the dancers in the parades, but mostly the cuts impacted part-time college student Cast Members.
Disney is still open and ready for fun, but visitors should know that there will be fewer parades and more covid-19 precautions.