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The Walt Disney Company announced new furloughs for executives, salaried and hourly cast members as the Southern California resort remains closed amid the ongoing global pandemic for almost 8 months. 

This has been the park’s third closure since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and in following the 2001 terrorist attack of Sept. 11.

President Ken Potrock disclosed that “the recent state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future.”

The company laid off about 28,000 employees in September, but they did not reveal at the time how the job losses would be split up among the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products business affiliates. 

Those affected by layoffs in the fall worked within many sects of Disney, including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, international Disney parks, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney retail stores.

Potrock said those affected by the furlough will still be permitted to use their paid sick leave, health benefits and can further their online education if already enrolled in a Disney Aspire program.

“While the near term will be challenging as we continue to navigate in these turbulent times, I promise you that we will continue to work tirelessly to reopen the Resort and bring our Cast Members back to work and that my optimism for our bright future continues to be strong,” Potrock said.

Gov. Gavin Newson sent a team to Disney World and Universal Orlando in mid-October to investigate how the theme parks were operating during the pandemic.

“I hope one recognizes our stubbornness [that] a health-first, data-driven decision-making process is done with our eyes wide open on what’s happening now around the world, not just what’s happening across the United States,” Newsom said in a previous press conference.

Walt Disney World in Florida already reopened the park enforcing social distancing rules and did not see any cases of the virus affecting its guests or employees.

Disneyland Paris had to reclose its theme park in October as a new surge of COVID-19 thrust them into a second wave. 

One California resident tweeted how sad he was after finding out his client lost their job with the Walt Disney Company due to furloughs.

The reopening of Southern California theme parks remains unclear until California transitions into Orange, or moderate tier on Newsom’s industry guidance.

When: Oct. 9, 2020

Where: The Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Orange County, CA 

Who are the major players: Aside from the 28,000 Cast Members that were laid off in mid-October, more employees of the company are being furloughed as the ongoing closure of the theme park continues. As addressed in a memo on Monday from Disneyland President, Ken Potrock, employees who are furloughed will continue to receive benefits such as paid sick leave, health benefits and can continue their online education provided by the company.

Written ByEddie Huijon

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