Today, more Disney Cast Members received layoff notices. If you’ve been following The Walt Disney Company’s layoff news, it is important to note that these are not new layoffs.
Notices of separation have been rolling in for Cast Members since the announcement, so these CMs are still part of the original 28,000 Disney staff members to be let go.
On Twitter, @MarkWillard85 shared this information about seasonal Cast Member layoffs. He wrote:
Notice of Separation emails just went out to most if not all seasonal CMs. Another devastating day for CMs and the Orlando area
Notice of Separation emails just went out to most if not all seasonal CMs. Another devastating day for CMs and the Orlando area 😞
— Mark Willard 😷🇭🇰 (@MarkWillard85) October 10, 2020
In the comments, another user, @APlaceCalledJer noted, “I think it was all.”
It is worth noting that seasonal Disney World Cast Members worked during the busiest seasons of the year, including Halloween and Christmas.
The fact that both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party were canceled, combined with the Disney park’s limited capacity that is expected to last throughout the holiday season, means that it is not entirely surprising that seasonal CMs’ jobs are being cut.
Other Cast Members also took to social media to share news about today’s round of layoff announcements.
— Lindsay Nicole (@lindsay_nicoles) October 10, 2020
Disney World CM @RichSchellhase wrote this to his followers, confirming that ESPN Wide World of Sports Cast Members were included in today’s email announcements:
And there it is…the email I figured was coming…Happy Trails Mickey and @ESPNWWOS , loved every minute (yes even during cheer weekends) and so thankful for the memories and special events it also allowed me to do, hopefully it is good night and not good bye #disneylayoffs pic.twitter.com/ctuGoOhrMs
— rich schellhase (@richschellhase) October 10, 2020
When the mass layoffs were originally announced, Walt Disney Company Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro shared this statement via official Disney Parks social media outlets:
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 – exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen – we have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels, having kept non-working Cast Members on furlough since April, while paying healthcare benefits. Approximately 28,000 domestic employees will be affected, of which about 67% are part-time. We are talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps for union-represented Cast Members.
Over the past several months, we’ve been forced to make a number of necessary adjustments to our business, and as difficult as this decision is today, we believe that the steps we are taking will enable us to emerge a more effective and efficient operation when we return to normal. Our Cast Members have always been key to our success, playing a valued and important role in delivering a world-class experience, and we look forward to providing opportunities where we can for them to return.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) September 29, 2020
If you would like to assist Cast Members who have been affected by Disney’s layoffs, check here for details on what you can do to help no matter where you live.
To learn more about which Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort Cast Members were impacted by the layoffs, read our full breakdown of the layoff situation, including which union and non-union employees are being affected.