Disney has begun to send emails to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Cast Members who have not been called back to work, notifying them that they will remain on furlough until further notice. The email notes that these are “difficult and uncertain times” and that while the initial estimates from Disney indicated that they did not anticipate a closure of more than 6 months, the email says that “business circumstances that [Disney] could not have anticipated” will likely push the closure to more than 6 months.
Disney goes on to say in the email that they “hope that our businesses will be back up and running and that your furlough will remain temporary”. Of course, that last part of the sentence will likely read as concerning for any potential layoffs that might occur as a result of the extended closure and a slow return to what Disney might consider normal.
If there is some silver lining to be found for Disneyland, it’s that Orange County California has been removed from the state’s COVID-19 watchlist recently, which may clear the path for Disneyland to reopen in the coming months. That said, Disneyland has cancelled all reservations through September 12th, and they’re still waiting for state approval to reopen.
At Walt Disney World, tens of thousands of Cast Members remain furloughed and the theme parks will be cutting back operating hours in just over 2 weeks.
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