Gov. Ron DeSantis Incorrectly States Majority of Disney Parks Layoffs Impacted Disneyland Resort; Calls for Lifting of Travel Restrictions to “Help” Central Florida
During a press conference on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis not only reiterated that there’d be no additional COVID-19 lockdowns or safety measures, but he also praised the theme parks—particularly Walt Disney World—for how they’ve handled reopening during the pandemic. However, DeSantis stated that the 32,000 layoffs impacted “mostly California”, meaning Disneyland Resort, but considering the numbers coming from Walt Disney World, that has turned out to be incorrect.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, state records and union leaders indicate that at least 18,000 Walt Disney World Cast Members were let go. That’s 56% of the announced layoffs, and nearly 25% of the workforce Walt Disney World employed as of last year. Disney has not come forward with exact breakdowns on the layoffs.
DeSantis also called for the lifting of travel restrictions from Brazil and Europe to “help Central Florida”, claiming that travel bans are unlikely to be effective given the current spread of the virus.