According to WDWMagic, the resort’s Vice President of Employee Relations, Jim Bowden, explained where of 6,390 of the job losses will come from in a filing with the State of Florida. 6,246 were listed at the address of Team Disney, suggesting that this will effect operational staff around the resort. 65 Cast Members will be let go from the resort’s offices in Celebration, which house the administration, marketing and finance departments. 49 layoffs come from Orlando International Airport, which could include Disney’s Magical Express and the Magic of Disney shop. Creative Costuming will face 22 layoffs, and 8 were listed as coming from a building near the Central Reservations offices.
These are part of the 28,000 layoffs affecting Disney Parks, affecting union and non-union employees alike. Disney states that the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on their business, exacerbated by the extended closure of Disneyland, ultimately led to the mass layoff, which will impact executive, salaried, and hourly roles. The Service Trades Council Union has said they are working with Disney to negotiate how the layoffs will affect union Cast Members.
Our hearts go out to all Cast Members affected by this decision.