As Disneyland remains closed, more cuts must be made.
Disney has spent months working and reworking guidelines for their various theme parks in order to safely open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had more success reopening Disney World in Orlando, Florida with increased social distancing and health measures, but their main park in Anaheim, California, Disneyland, remains mostly closed. While some small areas adjacent to the park, such as Buena Vista Street, have managed to reopen, Disney is still at odds with California’s recently updated health and safety guidelines. At the moment, there as no projected date that Disneyland will be able to reopen in full, and as such, additional cuts have been necessitated to keep the park afloat.
Disney announced on Monday that more workers under their employ at Disneyland will be furloughed in order to cut costs. A precise statistic has not been announced, though Disney did clarify that these furloughs will be affecting workers in all sectors, including executive, salaried, and hourly. The furloughed workers will be kept on Disney’s payroll, so they will still have access to their job benefits such as health insurance and paid time off. They will also be eligible for California state unemployment benefits.
“We expected to be able to open our parks in Anaheim, given our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols as we have in all of our other theme parks around the world, but unfortunately this has not case been the case,” said Disneyland president Ken Potrock.
“These decisions and actions are difficult – and we are committed to helping our teams through this and, most importantly, getting people back to work where we can,” he added.