Long-Term Closure of Disneyland Paris Leads to Major Entertainment Layoffs

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Disneyland Paris was recently forced to close for a second time amid the coronavirus pandemic. Europe’s only Disney theme park originally had plans to reopen briefly for the holiday season, but that scenario has now been nixed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Disneyland Paris Closure: Official Statement & Information

Unfortunately, this long-term COVID-19 closure means bad news for some Disneyland Paris Cast Members who are now facing layoffs.


On Twitter, ED92 shared these details:

The bad news continues concerning the show offer the unions of Disneyland Paris confirm the suppression of the puppeteers at Lucky Nuggets [sic – The Lucky Nugget Saloon], of all the musicians of the two parks [Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park] and the Disney Village and Streetmospheres in addition to the Stunt Show and the Wild West Show

ED92 also posted information about what will happen to both the Disneyland Paris performers and animals impacted by these cuts:

For the employees concerned, will be proposed:

-Transfers to other positions within Disneyland Paris 

-Transfers to other leisure parks [theme parks and amusement parks in the area] (Compagnie des Alps, Puy du fou)

-Voluntary departures

In regard to the animals:

The animals will be transferred to the Puy du Fou or to associations for the disabled people. 

For their well-being, no sale is planned. 


This is not the first time entertainment Cast Members have been impacted by layoffs — both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida have made major entertainment cuts as well.

Walt Disney Company Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro recently stated that Disney does intend to bring back some entertainment as soon as possible, but did not elaborate on how many Cast Members could be recalled or what specific Disney Parks shows and experiences will be returning.

At this time, we do not know precise details about the Disneyland Paris union’s agreement with The Walt Disney Company. We will continue to provide updates regarding this unfortunate situation as they come in.

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