Here’s a rumor that we sincerely hope is not true.
According to TouringPlans’ Len Testa, layoffs may be coming soon to Disney’s Parks & Resorts division. And they may number in the thousands.
Some of the reasons suspected were that Per Capita guest spending stalled out earlier in the year, and that Pandora – The World of Avatar did not drive crowds to the park as anticipated. (Which is a shame — it’s really excellent.)
My personal take is that with so many new things announced for Walt Disney World, many families may be holding off on that next trip until Toy Story Land or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open. In the intervening years, park attendance is likely to dip as there’s nothing new to see… yet.
Pandora is impressive, but it’s land consisting of only two new attractions and is based on a non-Disney IP that hasn’t generated a fan base the size of Star Wars or Harry Potter.
Another reason could be that Disney other divisions aren’t performing that well (particularly ESPN and television) and that Parks & Resorts has to make up the deficit somehow.
Again, the cutbacks are just a rumor but it seemingly comes from a reliable source, and Disney’s fiscal year ends on September 30, meaning they might be looking at ways to cut down expenses.
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