In October 2020, Disney announced it would be laying off 28,000 employees across the company. A month later, they said that more employees will be let go in early 2021. Now we’re learning that some of these layoffs will he taking place in March. The company recently sent notice to the state for the upcoming March layoffs.
It’s disheartening since some had hope things would improve upon the recent announcement about entertainment returning. The Festival of the Lion King is soon returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which signals a slow recovery for live entertainment.
Disney filed a 10-K with the government saying it plans to terminate 32,000 employees during the first half of the 2021 fiscal year. Most of those employees are going to come from the Parks, Experiences and Products departments. A Disney spokesperson said the new figure of 32,000 includes the previously announced park layoffs of 28,000.
The Disneyland Resort hotels and theme parks remain closed and Disney Cruise Line has yet to resume operations due to the pandemic. Walt Disney World has reopened but not all hotels have resumed operations. All of this could be major contributing factors in these layoffs.
We are heartbroken that more Cast Members will be laid off and hope they can return to work soon!