Due to the ongoing closures related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the nation and at Walt Disney World Resort, new reports from Landry’s Restaurants employees, which includes Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe in Disney Springs, plus the Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, state that all employees are being furloughed.
Employees are stating that due to the closures, not only will they not be paid, they have since been furloughed, or laid off temporarily with no pay. Employees received a link to unemployment agencies, but no other options for assistance.
The owner of Landry’s, Tilman Fertitta, was recently featured on CNBC earlier in the month when Coronavirus concerns drove Landry’s restaurant sales down $1 million per day. Corporations of 50 or more employees are being encouraged to pay their employees throughout all Coronavirus-related closures, but instead it seems the company has decided to fully shut down and lay off its employees instead of offering support.
Both the Rainforest Cafe and T-REX Cafe restaurants at Disney Springs are now closed, with Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti Restaurant having closed with the rest of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Sunday night. Due to the mass layoffs, it is not known whether these locations will reopen with the rest of the parks after the closure.
We’ll continue to update this piece as more information arises.