Disney lays off 11,350 Orlando-area staff members – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

30October 2020

ORLANDO, Fla.– Come completion of the year, 11,350 Orlando-area staff members at Walt Disney World and other support operations will be laid off as the amusement park continues to have problem with the financial impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

A notification filed Thursday by vice president of employee relations Jim Bowden shows that of the impacted staff members, 10,903 worked at Walt Disney World while the remaining 447 worked at smaller properties such as the costume warehouse and the reservation center.

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Although the notice was just filed today, the layoffs become part of the 28,000 that were announced in September.

The layoffs will work Dec. 31.

Based upon other notices Disney has actually currently filed, this brings the new total of affected Central Florida employees to 18,019.

On Friday, vice president of Walt Disney World Resort live home entertainment Bettina Buckley posted a message to visitors letting them know “we have actually had to stop briefly many live programs and home entertainment experiences at our resort for longer than originally anticipated.”

Her message didn’t reference the layoffs.

“Like the majority of our fans, we know that our cherished home entertainment cast are a vital and exceptionally unique part of the Disney experience. We eagerly anticipate the day when we can welcome back more live home entertainment to our parks, and we will share more news about these statements as we have the ability to do so,” Buckley wrote.

Earlier today, the Actors’ Equity Association announced that 720 performers in the union had actually lost their tasks. It’s unclear if those employees are consisting of in the most current notice.

Walt Disney World closed its regional parks to stop the spread of COVID-19 in mid-March. When evictions resumed this summer, capacity was minimized, live programs were placed on a hiatus and new security preventative measures were put in place.Source: clickorlando.com

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