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Disney laying off 32,000 staff and Disneyland Paris closed until 2021

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The Walt Disney Company is laying off an additional 4,000 cast members, taking the total to 32,000, while Disneyland Paris is remaining closed until February 2021.

Disney is set to lay off an additional 4,000 cast members after announcing plans to eliminate 28,000 jobs in its parks division in California and Florida.

The latest layoffs were revealed in a company filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which was posted on Wednesday (November 25).

The 10-K filing reads: “Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staffing, including limiting hiring to critical business roles, furloughs and reductions-in-force.

“As part of these actions, the employment of approximately 32,000 employees primarily at Parks, Experiences and Products will terminate in the first half of fiscal 2021.

“Additionally, as of October 3, 2020, approximately 37,000 employees who are not scheduled for employment termination were on furlough as a result of COVID-19’s impact on our businesses.”

Disneyland Paris closed over Christmas 2020

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Meanwhile, Disneyland Paris was “hoping to be able to reopen during the Christmas holiday season” but has confirmed that the resort will remain closed until February 12, 2021.

In a statement, Disneyland Paris said “the latest government measures announced for France do not allow us to deliver the Disneyland Paris experience”.

“We look forward to welcoming you upon our reopening,” it said. “In the meantime, if you have a booking with us during the period we are closed, please check here for our latest commercial conditions.”

Disneyland Resort is also likely to remain closed until 2021, as shared by Disney’s chief financial officer Christine McCarthy during a conference call on November 12.

It was previously revealed that Walt Disney World is laying off more than 11,000 employees in Florida, as part of the redundancy plans affecting 32,000 workers.

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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