The rumors were true — layoffs are coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Despite Parks and Resorts being the only division that seems to be seeing any growth at the Walt Disney Company, Disney is restructuring and will cut 0.1 percent of its workforce. This means that at least 145 people will lose their jobs.
However, Disney says that jobs are not those that would deal with the public, but rather those in HR, finance and marketing.
From the Orlando Sentinel…
The cuts were made to the human resources, finance, marketing and sales and operations departments for the global division of more than 145,000 employees at 12 theme parks and 52 resorts in North America, Europe and Asia. Notices were not seen on a state website where large-scale layoffs must be posted in Florida.
The employees let go did not have primary duties dealing directly with customers, so Disney said it did not expect visitors to experience any changes visiting the theme parks or hotels. The company said it’s preparing for future growth and priorities but declined to offer more details.
The “future growth and priorities” could mean Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which seems to be the company’s primary focus going forward. Or maybe those salaries are being saved to pay for additional staff at the various park expansions announced earlier this year.
Whatever the cause, Disney says it is doing what it can to find other employment for the displaced workers.
Earlier this year, it was reported that there would be layoffs in Disney’s television divisions.
[Source: Orlando Sentinel]
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