Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort to Lay Off Over 1,100 Employees Due to Low Occupancy

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will be laying off 1,136 employees effective Nov. 13 due to low occupancy at both resorts and a number of cancelled events due to the ongoing detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort during the COVID-19 closure.
Image Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar

According to the Orlando Sentinel, among those impacted include 256 banquet servers, 41 cooks, 67 housekeepers, and 88 loss prevention officers.

Up until recently, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort housed members of the Major League Soccer team. Now with the athletes gone, major layoffs are coming to both resorts. Both resorts are currently open to guests, however occupancy rates are sharply declining in what Marriott has described as a “historic, swift and devastating” impact to the resort’s operations.

As with Universal Orlando Resort, where furloughs were recently extended for nearly 5,400 employees, a full recovery is not expected until well into 2021.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Frank W
Frank W
1 year ago

Shame and sad for those who are being laid off.
But face it, it will be another 6 – 9 months before tourism starts to recover. There must be a vaccine and enough people need to take it before people will fell comfortable to return to DWD in numbers.
Look at the cruise industry. Cruising won’t happen this year.