Disney’s Buena Vista Construction Co. Lays Off Majority of Contractors During Extended Parks Closure; Work Expected to Resume Before Year’s End

With construction halted across Walt Disney World, Disney’s in-house construction firm, Buena Vista Construction Co., has laid off a majority of its contractors due to the ongoing COVID-related park closures. Those affected include bricklayers, carpenters, ironworkers, landscapers, painters, plumbers, and more.

Construction on gutting the central spine of EPCOT’s Future World was well underway when the parks closed in mid-March.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, Buena Vista Construction Co. informed the state that it was laying off 1,225 non-employee contractors that would “no longer provide services” to the company starting March 15, according to a WARN Act notice that was dated March 24 and posted this month.

Work is expected to resume before the end of the year, however the company does not know “how long the cessation of construction and maintenance projects serviced by the affected project workers will last”, as was stated in the WARN notice.

While construction has slowed drastically across property, permits are still being filed for up-and-coming projects, like the Play! Pavilion and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, and even Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, the newest DVC property coming to Walt Disney World Resort.

Source: Orlando Business Journal

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Ryan Serowinski
Ryan Serowinski
7 months ago

No, just no I wanted the work to resume 90 days after the parks reopen, so I could go on Guardians of the Galaxy and Play pavilion next May, why are they doing this, I’m going to be pissed off if there won’t be any Marvel themed experiences up and ready at the resort by next May, and I was hoping the Play attraction would include characters from Disney Channel’s Owl House and Amphibia cartoons.

Tom Corless
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7 months ago

Guardians and Play were never going to open in May, likely September 2021 before the delays.

Raxel7851
Raxel7851
7 months ago

I guess you’ll just have to be “pissed” off! Kind of a self centered response. I’d be more “pissed” off that so many people are being left jobless. Guess you haven’t seen the long lines at the Food Bank locations.

Ferg
Ferg
7 months ago

It’s a shame that they couldn’t figure out a way to keep construction going during this. Could of been way ahead. I saw a company where employees lived at their job for 30 days with no outside contact. Self quarantined at their job

Robert
Robert
7 months ago
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I don’t understand why they didn’t keep construction going? Most construction workers wear face masks anyway, to prevent inhalation of wood, fumes, or other materials. Ratatouille will surely take a massive hit now.

Doug
Doug
7 months ago

As long as social distance guidelines are followed, why can’t they work? You do not usually see folks piled up on top of each other at construction sites and they are mainly outside.