ORLANDO — On the day earlier than Thanksgiving, the Walt Disney Co. revealed 4,000 extra layoffs are coming in its theme parks division, bringing the overall variety of introduced layoffs to 32,000 throughout the corporate.
No less than 18,000 of the overall jobs misplaced belong to forged members at Walt Disney World, although the SEC report filed Wednesday didn’t specify how lots of the Orlando resort’s staff are included in the latest spherical of layoffs.
This yr, the resort has already misplaced practically 1 / 4 of its reported 2019 workforce of 77,000.
A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World didn’t instantly reply to questions concerning the introduced layoffs, together with what number of Orlando staff could be affected.
The discover stated about 32,000 staff within the firm’s Parks, Experiences and Merchandise division might be laid off within the first half of the 2021 fiscal yr. This quantity contains practically 21% of the 155,000 reported staff of the Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks division as of Oct. 3.
The corporate partially attributed the job losses to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because of the present local weather, together with COVID-19 impacts, and altering atmosphere during which we’re working, the Firm has generated efficiencies in its staffing, together with limiting hiring to essential enterprise roles, furloughs and reductions-in-force,” the submitting stated.
As of early October, practically 37,000 theme park staff companywide have been furloughed however not scheduled for termination, based on the doc.
The Walt Disney Co. employed a complete of practically 203,000 individuals final month, 80% of which have been categorized as full-time staff.
Wednesday’s submitting is the most recent in a collection of mass layoffs in Disney’s theme parks division and comes simply two months after 28,000 theme park, merchandising and cruise line staff misplaced their jobs throughout the corporate.
Of the 18,000 Disney World forged members affected throughout that spherical, 8,857 have been part-time union staff, the Orlando Sentinel discovered.
Eric Clinton, president of Unite Right here Native 362, the union that represents the resort’s staff, known as the earlier spherical of introduced layoffs “devastating.”
Clinton didn’t instantly reply when requested for touch upon the layoffs introduced Wednesday.
The Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks division misplaced about $2.Four billion in income this yr in comparison with 2019. Disneyland Resort in California has been closed since March and the Disney Cruise Line has prolonged its suspension of exits by means of the top of January.
Disney World continues to function at a restricted capability since its reopening in July. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated the resort was elevating its occupancy cap from 25 to 35% and expressed optimism on the park’s capability to successfully implement COVID-19 security protocols whereas welcoming extra company.
Disney World is anticipating a busy vacation season, with 77% of park reservations booked for the following quarter. As of Nov. 12, the resort was booked close to capability over the Thanksgiving weekend, Disney executives stated.