As the Disneyland Resort continues to remain closed due to the impacts of COVID-19, more furloughs have been announced. In a letter sent out by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock announced a new round of furloughs. They will be impacting executives, salaried, and hourly employees. How many cast members will be impacted isn’t known at this point.
The furloughed cast members will continue to retain their benefits. They will also still have access to their paid time off along with being eligible for state unemployment benefits.
“We expected to be able to open our parks in Anaheim, given our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols as we have in all of our other theme parks around the world, but unfortunately this has not case been the case,” Potrock shared in a written statement.
The Disneyland Resort has been able to reopen the Downtown Disney District and it is soon expanding the Downtown Disney District on to Buena Vista Street. However, the parks won’t be reopening as “recently released state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future,” Potrock said in his letter.
This new round of furloughs come after Disney let go of 28,000 cast members earlier this fall. “These decisions and actions are difficult – and we are committed to helping our teams through this and, most importantly, getting people back to work where we can,” he added.
These furloughs only impact Disneyland Resort cast members. Disney began notifying them on Monday.