Disneyland Resort to Lay Off 11,500 Cast Members Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Closure

As additional news surfaces regarding Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members, we begin to get a bigger picture of the impacts brought on by its prolonged closure, including mass furloughs and layoffs.

According to the OC Register, over 11,5000 Cast Members from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be laid off. 8,724 of these layoffs include Disneyland union employees. WARN Act notices announcing the layoffs were filed on October 29 and will take effect on December 31. Disneyland had previously announced layoffs of nearly 3,000 non-union employees on September 29.

The tally of laid off Cast Members continues to grow, considering that just last week, 4,000 additional layoffs were revealed in an SEC filing from Disney, bringing the total to 32,000 across the domestic Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products division. Over in Walt Disney World, 18,000 Cast Members have been laid off so far.

Due to current COVID-19 reopening guidelines in California, it’s believed that Disneyland Resort and its theme parks may remain shuttered well into 2021.

The Walt Disney Company restored the salaries of its Senior Executives in late August, when thousands of Cast Members were still on furlough.

We at WDWNT are supporting these Cast Members as much as possible. You can help too! Help raise money for the Cast Member Pantry by donating directly through WDWNT.

The donation-based organization also has an Amazon Wish List as well as Venmo—their account is: @castmemberpantry. Cast Members can email Cast Member Pantry or contact them via their Facebook page to book a 15-minute “shopping” window.

Source: OC Register