Disney Lays Off 28,000 Workers, 67% Are Part-Time Employees

A visitor wears a mask while strolling by Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland.

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A visitor wears a mask while strolling by Mickey Mouse at Hong Kong Disneyland.

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In a letter to employees, Josh DAmaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products composes, “We at first hoped that this scenario would be brief, and that we would recover rapidly and return to typical. Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disney and Disney World in Florida are open, with safety protocols in place. In August, The Walt Disney Company reported a loss of $4.7 billion in its third quarter.

In a letter to workers, Josh DAmaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products composes, “We initially hoped that this circumstance would be short-term, which we would recover quickly and go back to typical. Seven months later, we find that has actually not been the case. And, as a result, today we are now forced to reduce the size of our group across executive, salaried, and per hour roles.”

DAmaro calls the decision “heartbreaking” however “the only practical option” due to “the continued uncertainty regarding the period of the pandemic.”

Because April, Disney covered health care costs of furloughed workers. DAmaro states Disney is, “talking with affected workers as well as to the unions on next steps.”

The Walt Disney Companys theme resorts, parks and cruises have been devastated by COVID-19. Tuesday Disney revealed it is laying off 28,000 employees from its Parks, Experiences and Products department.

Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disney and Disney World in Florida are open, with security procedures in location. Disneyland in Anaheim stays closed. In August, The Walt Disney Company reported a loss of $4.7 billion in its third quarter.

Of the 28,000 staff members affected, 67 percent are part-time.