Disney World Cast Members have been suffering with the countless lay offs that continue to hit the company. It has now been made clear that over 11,000 unionized Cast Members will be laid off at Disney World, bringing the number to a total of 18,000 laid-off Cast Members in Florida.
The news comes from Scott Gustin who took to Twitter to showcase a document that indicates where the new group of layoffs will be coming from.
The letter was sent by Jim Bowden, Vice President of Employee relations and reads:
Dear State Trade and Rapid Response Coordinator and Chief Elected Officials:
Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce. We previously notified you about impacted non-union employees. In addition, 11,350 union employees of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. will be laid off on December 31, 2020.
This layoff notice brings the total number of WDW layoffs to 18,000+ pic.twitter.com/WdkBQ8tnVR
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 30, 2020
The 11,350 unionized Cast Members in total who are being laid off are mainly theme park employees, as we can see in the above breakdown with 10,903 Cast Members coming from Walt Disney World. The rest of the CMs losing their jobs at Walt Disney World are non-unionized, bringing the total number of WDW layoffs to around 18,000. After we discovered that 10,000 Disneyland Resort Cast Members would be losing their jobs this weekend, we are now arriving at the 28,000 grim total that we heard about when the Disney layoffs were first announced at the end of September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All layoffs that are taking place will allow the unionized Cast Members to be employed at the company through to December 31st, 2020.
This announcement follows a slew of layoff news that we received in Disney World’s entertainment divisions over the past few days, eliminating practically every show Disney World had to offer. From Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, to Festival of the Lion King, Disney World entertainment offerings have dwindled heavily over the past few days, leaving Disney fans mourning the loss of our beloved magic-makers.
Unfortunately, Cast Members have had to wait by their phones during this time, in fear that they could be next to receive the dreadful termination call. Many Cast Members have taken to social media to explain how tough it has been throughout this process.
“I will miss saving the galaxy. I will miss the young girls who look at me and think ‘Wow, I can do THAT.’ I will miss my Jedi family,” wrote Jennifer Bonner, who acted in the Star Wars show Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. “My love to everyone that had the same news today. We are magic.”
Disney however has confirmed that it will be bringing back entertainment to the Disney World theme parks stating, in-part:
Determining which shows can return and when is a complex process. As with the rest of our phased reopening, we will also consider the guidance of health officials and government agencies in determining when the time will be right to adjust capacity, and as soon as it is appropriate, we will start to bring additional entertainment back.
We hope this is a glimmer of hope not just for entertainment Cast Members, but all, to know that Disney is aware that Guests want to have you all greeting us all over property within the Diseny parks once again!
All of us at ITM continue to hold all Cast Members in our thoughts during this time.