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Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Disney cutting 28,000 theme park jobs

Walt Disney Co has announced swingeing job cuts across its parks division which will see a reduction of about 28,000 positions.

That represents about a quarter of all resort jobs in the US.

About two-thirds of these are part-time hourly contracts although it includes management positions as well.

"As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of Covid-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic," according to an email by Josh D'Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

D'Amaro blamed California's 'unwillingness' to allow the reopening of Disneyland.

Walt Disney World in Florida reopened in July at limited capacity.

Tens of thousands of 'cast members' employed at parks still remain furloughed.

Job losses will also impact Disney Cruise Line, standalone resorts and Disney's retail stores.


Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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