Disneyland Furloughs MORE Employees, Including Executives…

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The global pandemic continues to take its toll on the jobs of people around the world. Today, we’ve learned more sad news on this front: Disneyland furloughs more employees, including executives, as a result of the theme parks’ inability to reopen in California. Here is everything you need to know about the new Cast Member layoffs and furloughs situation here in Southern California.

Disneyland Furloughs MORE Employees, Including Executives… [Source: Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG]
Disneyland Furloughs MORE Employees, Including Executives… [Source: Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG]

MORE Disneyland Employee Furloughs

Here’s what we know so far…

  • Disneyland and California Adventure still cannot reopen in California.
  • As a result, more layoffs and furloughs are happening.
  • The furloughs will affect Cast Members (hourly and salaried).
  • It also includes Executives at The Walt Disney Company.

The Hollywood Reporter was able to get ahold of a copy of a memo from the President of Disneyland, Ken Potrock:

“After nearly eight months our parks and hotels remain closed, and while we have had some successes — like the opening of the Downtown Disney District in July, shopping and dining coming soon to Buena Vista Street and today’s announcement that we will reopen Disney Vacation Club units — the recently released state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future. As you know, we’ve already taken the heart-wrenching action of laying off thousands of our Cast on both coasts. 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.” 

The Hollywood Reporter

Why More Employee Furloughs at Disneyland?

As you may already know, Disney has tried repeatedly to get California Governor Gavin Newsom to relent and let theme parks in the state reopen.

Unfortunately, he has not done so.

In fact, there are very strict guidelines currently in place in the state of California for theme parks. Read more about that here.

Due to their inability to reopen, Disney has already had to lay off 28,000 Cast Members that were employees at the theme parks.

Thankfully, Disney has reported that these furloughed employees will be able to keep their benefits regarding health and insurance.

This will be paid for entirely by The Walt Disney Company, which is obviously very good for these people, who have now — at least temporarily — lost their jobs at the most magical place on earth.

We know these furloughs are not good news…

But it’s important to make sure people are aware of it, as well as what Disney is trying to do to take care of their people in a very bad situation.

Of course, if there’s any more info that comes out on this front, you will be able to find it right here… on D Is For Disney.

Have a magical day.

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