Politics 28000 Layoffs coming to Disney's domestic theme parks - statement from Josh D'Amaro

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UNCgolf

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How dire is TWDC’s financial situation currently?

Also, with the insanely quick rise in cases across nearly every state in the country, how much longer can WDW responsibly or morally operate before having to shut down again? Or is there no chance in hell they shut it down again?

No chance in hell, in my opinion.

I think the Florida government would have to order them to shut down, but that's not going to happen with DeSantis as governor.
 

mm52200

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I've heard from multiple people it's the entire cast. Hopefully we can get clarification.
Once again the character department and crew will be offered displacement transfers if they don’t meet a certain seniority date or will take a layoff. All part time and seasonal were laid off.
Equity in FoLK consisted of the singers, tumble monkeys, fire twirler, ballet bird couple.
Character performers consisted of Timon, the movers, and puppeteers.
 

Touchdown

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-No live entertainment
-No new attractions
-No night shows
-No seasonal events except food booths

Universal is somehow doing all of these. I really can’t believe it, but it’s looking more and more like I’ll be celebrating WDWs 50th by being a Universal AP holder. WDW cannot compete with other parks on their rides alone, management is doing irreparable harm to the brand.
 

techgeek

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How dire is TWDC’s financial situation currently?

Also, with the insanely quick rise in cases across nearly every state in the country, how much longer can WDW responsibly or morally operate before having to shut down again? Or is there no chance in hell they shut it down again?

As far as closing down again, personally I’d say it’s highly unlikely considering the numbers they opened to in July and the state political situation.

No chance in hell? Well, a lot of people have tried to make a lot of predictions about 2020, and I think the only rational answer at this point is that no one really knows.

Assuming demand crashes as cases rise, the likely first response would be to cut hours back again. Beyond that, anyone’s guess.
 

The Rocketeer

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In the Parks
No
Walt Disney World is my favorite place in the world, but everyday it’s more apparent that the Disney I grew up is gone. Cast Members ARE WDW. As a former CM (CP) myself, my heart breaks for everyone loosing their jobs. 4 of my old coworkers lost their positions yesterday. Cuts are nothing new, I miss The Notorious Banjo Brothers & Bob everytime I’m in Frontierland and they’ve been gone since 2016. Still this hurts badly.
 

Notes from Neverland

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This is terrible. I feel awful for all of these talented individuals who are often taken for granted by Disney. Even if these shows return in the future, it won't be the same. Disney World without entertainment isn't Disney World for us. The magic isn't found in just the rides. It's a big reason why we haven't been back since they reopened.
 

wannabeBelle

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They were one of the hardest hits for me along with the late Brian Staron at the Boardwalk.
Off Kilter was the first one that really affected me, followed a year later by Mulch, Sweat & Shears. Not only are they great Cast Members, they were friends too which makes is doubly hard, Everytime I walk into the Studios it seems like something is missing and the park is so lifeless without the energy that was there before. It might have been more than just Mulch, but the loss of the entertainment solidifies it for me. Marie
 

mickey0825

Active Member
The Disney World we've all known and loved is gone....time to start looking at new vacation spots and just cheris the memories that we have. Much of what has been cut isn't coming back and if it does it will be drastically different. Ive finally come to accept that.
 

wannabeBelle

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The part that I think hurts most of all is that we KNOW that Disney can do better, because they HAVE. Disney didnt raise the bar, they set the standard and that was the Disney Difference. Disney had entertainment in their parks of every type and variety. Things you may not have been able to see anywhere else, and certainly not all together in one spot!!! As far as the CM's please everyone say a prayer for all of them who are affected and take stock of your own blessings and be grateful for them. I know I will be doing so!!! Marie
 

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