While Disney World may currently be open, Disneyland is still in discussions about reopening their theme parks. Meanwhile, the Disney Cruise Line has been affected by the No Sail Order being extended through the end of October and extended its final payment schedule through March 2021.
Disney has made the decision to move forward with a massive layoff for its non-union and union employees. Performers at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside have already come forward with news of their job status.
The Orlando Sentinel has also issued the news that about 6,700 non-union employees in Disney World will be laid off in December. Yesterday, the company reported that the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products division would be laying off 28,000 employees in the theme parks, Disney Cruise Line, and Imagineering sections of the business.
However, the original announcement didn’t release information about which employees would be affected. The company alerted Florida that the layoffs would begin on December 4th, but many of the unions are currently in discussions with Disney about the details.
Jim Bowden, Disney Vice President of Employee Relations, stated that, “Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce.”
Our hearts go out to all of the Cast Members affected by this recent news. We will continue to bring you any further updates from Disney.