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

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Disney Analyst

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Let me jump in, as someone in the performance industry:

Equity performers in general are all out of work. There are barely any equity contracts currently running/productions available. All performers (union or non union) in general are just screwed everywhere, unless you are in the film industry.

So we can hate Disney for how they handled this, but it was inevitable with the current situation.

But it seems all equity performers who worked for Disney will get 1st dibs when shows start remounting ( up to end of next year), and if they don’t take it, I guarantee a thousand other equity performers desperate for work will audition for the job.

Whoever starts hiring performers back first will have a huge pool to pull from, as almost every performer is currently out of work... and will be either career changing, or holding on for live performance to continue again.

And we can speculate until the cows come home what Disney will do, will they ever have performers again? But these are unprecedented times, and we just have to wait and see... and hope.

I personally don’t see Disney just never investing in performance / atmosphere performance ever gain.
 

lazyboy97o

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Nope sorry, governments response has been to lock down, which has caused more pain than the actual threat. No balance or risk based decision-making at play. Lock downs as we have done have never been tried before and the data proves most of the lock down actions governments have taken have not worked. Sweden is exhibit A on what does work.
So you think Walt Disney World should still be closed like it would be if in Sweden?
 

RSoxNo1

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Any word on the following?
  • Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure (I know there's an alternate show going on now)
  • Disney Junior Dance Party! (I believe this also has an alternate show going on)
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
 
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UNCgolf

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Let me jump in, as someone in the performance industry:

Equity performers in general are all out of work. There are barely any equity contracts currently running/productions available. All performers (union or non union) in general are just screwed everywhere, unless you are in the film industry.

So we can hate Disney for how they handled this, but it was inevitable with the current situation.

But it seems all equity performers who worked for Disney will get 1st dibs when shows start remounting ( up to end of next year), and if they don’t take it, I guarantee a thousand other equity performers desperate for work will audition for the job.

Whoever starts hiring performers back first will have a huge pool to pull from, as almost every performer is currently out of work... and will be either career changing, or holding on for live performance to continue again.

And we can speculate until the cows come home what Disney will do, will they ever have performers again? But these are unprecedented times, and we just have to wait and see... and hope.

I personally don’t see Disney just never investing in performance / atmosphere performance ever gain.

My non-insider guess is that shows will come back. Probably not all the same shows -- seems like Little Mermaid is done, and I could see them deciding to permanently shut down Indy as well -- but there will still be shows and possibly some new ones to replace ones that are closed.

Streetmosphere and other scattered entertainment in the resorts, though? The outlook there is bleak. I don't think the parks will be completely devoid of it, but they've been cutting back on it for years. There were already significantly fewer performers than there were in the past due to cuts. It seems like they look at that as an easy place to save money, and one that won't have any significant effect on attendance (and they're probably right). I don't expect something like the Grand Floridian Orchestra to return; they'd already shunted it off into a corner.
 

UNCgolf

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Any word on the following?
  • Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure (I know there's an alternate show going on now)
  • Disney Junior Dance Party! (I believe this also has an alternate show going on)
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle

Didn't they fire the Spirit of Aloha performers back in September when people like Yeeha Bob were cut?
 

Disney Analyst

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My non-insider guess is that shows will come back. Probably not all the same shows -- seems like Little Mermaid is done, and I could see them deciding to permanently shut down Indy as well -- but there will still be shows and possibly some new ones to replace ones that are closed.

Streetmosphere and other scattered entertainment in the resorts, though? The outlook there is bleak. I don't think the parks will be completely devoid of it, but they've been cutting back on it for years. There were already significantly fewer performers than there were in the past due to cuts. It seems like they look at that as an easy place to save money, and one that won't have any significant effect on attendance (and they're probably right). I don't expect something like the Grand Floridian Orchestra to return; they'd already shunted it off into a corner.

Less, probably. But I do think they will bring back Streetmosphere to some capacity once the parks are in good standing again. I sincerely hope they do, and will hold on to that hope until we know one way or another.
 

UNCgolf

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Less, probably. But I do think they will bring back Streetmosphere to some capacity once the parks are in good standing again. I sincerely hope they do, and will hold on to that hope until we know one way or another.

I agree. I do think there will be some; it will just be less than anyone is used to.
 

UNCgolf

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That sounds right. I also removed the Frozen Sing-Along as that re-opened 10/5.

Especially since the Polynesian isn't going to be open until next summer at the earliest (with as long as it takes Disney to do construction and the continued uncertainty around COVID, I wouldn't be married to that date). I'm not even sure if they actually fired them -- I think it may have been that their contracts were not renewed, which is a distinction without a difference, I suppose.
 

asianway

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Any word on the following?
  • Jedi Training Academy - Trials of the Temple
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure (I know there's an alternate show going on now)
  • Disney Junior Dance Party! (I believe this also has an alternate show going on)
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
Enchanted Tales isn’t equity. There’s a “storytelling” exemption.

JTA I thought I read CXL
 

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