Today Disney has announced that it will make a drastic reduction in its workforce at its domestic parks. Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro announced that Disney will be laying off 28,000 cast members. He also stated that 67% of these layoffs will be part-time cast members.
In a statement, D’Amaro publicly mentions the state of California’s reluctance to allow for the re-opening of Disneyland as one of the driving factors. In a note sent to cast members. D’Amaro states that, “We will be scheduling appointments with our affected salaried and non-union hourly employees over the next few days.” It appears the action will happen soon.
Walt Disney World currently employs approximately 70,000, with Disneyland Resort employing around 30,000. It isn’t at this time clear how the layoffs will be distributed across the two coasts.
Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World closed in mid-March due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walt Disney World re-opened in mid-July. Disneyland Resort still remaining closed.