No Room For One More

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According the OC Register’s Around Disney blog:

Walt Disney Co. officials announced today that 1,900 salaried positions have been eliminated because of restructuring in part made necessary by the troubled economy.

Disney announced in mid-February that it had begun laying off employees after a round of voluntary buyouts, but the company did not release a figure on how many employees had lost their jobs until today.

Locally, some 200 people have been laid off at Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort and an additional 100 positions will not be filled there, Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown said. The positions were executive, management and administrative jobs behind the scenes.

Most of the positions eliminated came from elsewhere in the company, including 900 layoffs in Florida. And 500 open positions will not be filled there. About 200 positions, from layoffs and the elimination of open spots, came from other Disney sites.

About 200 layoffs came from other Disney sites.

In total, it marks an 11-percent reduction in workforce in the executive/administrative segment, Brown said.

“These decisions were not made lightly, but are essential to maintaining our leadership in family tourism and reflect today’s economic realities,” Brown said. “We continue to work through our reorganization and manage our business based on demand.”

Few hourly employees have been affected by the layoffs. Disneyland announced last week that it will close Yamabuki restaurant at its Paradise Pier Hotel on April 11, which employees 39 cast members. Disney said it will work to find other positions for those employees.

Disney officials have said they will continue to evaluate staffing. In a previous statement, Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said: “The long-term success of Parks and Resorts depends upon our ability to adapt and innovate.”

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