Sadly, the layoffs that have affected Disney Parks, Resorts and Products are also coming to Walt Disney Imagineering.
According to The Orange County Register‘s Brady MacDonald, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act revealed that 411 Imagineers are expected to be laid off from their campus in Glendale, California.
Earlier today, it was discovered that nearly 2,700 non-union Cast Members from the Disneyland Resort will be laid off beginning December 4th along with 6,700 from Walt Disney World, while 2,500 union food service Cast Members and 950 members of UNITE HERE Local 11 will be let go as of November 1st.
Disney has struggled to recover from the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure closed with the rest of the Disneyland Resort back in March, and have yet to reopen. Yesterday, Disney Parks announced the layoff of 28,000 Cast Members. In a memo, Disney Parks, Resorts and Products President Josh D’Amaro said: “Earlier this year, in response to the pandemic, we were forced to close our businesses around the world. Few of us could have imagined how significantly the pandemic would impact us — both at work and in our daily lives. We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived, and that we would recover quickly and return to normal. Seven months later, we find that has not been the case.”
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