560 Baggage Service Workers Laid Off: What is the Future of Magical Express?

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Today, Clickorlando.com has shared that 560 workers who provided baggage services for Disney have now lost their positions. The layoffs come as travel to Central Florida is continuing to suffer the effects of the ongoing pandemic.

This is in addition to the extensive layoffs from within the Walt Disney Company.

Related: UPDATE: OC Mayor Shares Details About Disney Cast Member Assistance

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Here is what the report from Clickorlando.com says about the layoffs:

Baggage Airline Guest Services notified the mayor and other local officials late last month that 560 employees have been laid off as Central Florida sees a decrease in tourists visiting the area.

“We expected the layoffs to be temporary and last less than six months. Since that time, however, the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its impact on the travel business, has required us to reassess our outlook. We remain unsure if and when the company will again staff its positions throughout the Lake Buena Vista region,” the notice read.

The affected employees provided services such as airline check-in, valet and luggage assistance at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, among others.

The employees worked as luggage assistants, valet drivers and facility managers.

Though these employees worked at Walt Disney World resorts, they were not employed by the theme park company, which recently announced that it was laying off thousands of its employees.

What could this mean for Disney’s Magical Express? The service that brings guests from the Orlando Airport to Walt Disney World Resort property. With the layoffs of these baggage services positions — who provide valet, luggage, and Magical Express services — it leaves us questioning if there will be any operational changes to Magical Express in the future. We will continue to monitor and report any changes to Disney’s Magical Express and we’ll update our website if Disney announces anything.

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Mears, the company that operates Magical Express for Walt Disney World has laid off a significant number of employees already this year. 104 employees in total were let go from the company. Again, Disney has NOT come out and officially stated their future plans for Magical Express. With so many travel and luggage services employees being laid off it appears that Central Florida will need to see a significant boost in airline travel to help stabilize this industry once again.

Related: Disney Cast Member Helps Laid Off Employees Find New Work

What do you think about this new development in layoffs related to Disney? let us know in the comments. 

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