Disney is reported to be laying off around 28,000 employees as the coronavirus pandemics discourage visitors from going to its theme parks.
In a letter to staff, Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s park manager, says the company has been forced to make “tough decisions.”
Mr D’Amaro told CNBC in the US that around two-thirds of its 28,000 employees were part-time, but it’s not clear what part of the business they come from.
During the pandemic, Disney’s Park reopened in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong, although the company was forced to limit the number of visitors to allow physical distancing.
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California Adventure and Disneyland in Anaheim, California will remain closed to visitors.
The letter from Mr D’Amaro says: “As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy.
“Over the past few months, our management team has worked tirelessly to ensure that no one has to be separated from the company.”
He added: “We simply cannot responsibly remain full when we operate with such limited capacity.
“As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, it is the only possible option we have given the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on our business.”
He noted the parks’ limited capacity and ongoing uncertainty about the duration of the pandemic, which “was compounded in California by the unwillingness of the state to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen”.
The letter goes on to say, “In the past few months we have had to make some necessary adjustments to our business. As difficult as that decision is today, we believe the steps we take will enable us to develop. ” A more effective and efficient operation when we return to normal.
“Our cast members have always been key to our success and have played a valuable and vital role in delivering a world class experience. We look forward to giving them opportunities where we can return.”
“Over the past few months, our management team has worked tirelessly to ensure that no one has to be separated from the company.
“We’ve cut expenses, put capital projects on hold, put our performers on leave while continuing to pay perks, and changed our operations to run as efficiently as possible. However, we just can’t responsibly stay full when we deal with one like this limited capacity work. “
Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Stuff page is an extremely important part of doing business.
Last year it accounted for 37 percent of the company’s total revenue of £ 54.13 billion.
In 2019, 1.52 million Brits visited Florida, with Disney being their main attraction.
Since the pandemic, people from the UK have been banned from entering the US.