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Universal Orlando Lays Off Unknown Amount of Workers

Universal Orlando Lays Off Unknown Amount of Workers
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We all know that the travel industry is looking a bit different these days. Some are not ready to travel yet. Universal Orlando has laid of some of their workers. Read on to find out more.

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Universal Orlando reopened just about two weeks ago. Our own, Kenny the Pirate, was there for the opening. Read his experience HERE.

Universal Orlando was shut down for months due to COVID-19. They reopened with many precautions in place. These included temperature screenings, limited capacity, face coverings, and social distancing.


During the month of April, Universal made some financial decisions. They cut many of their employees’ pay by 20%.

Comcast, which is Universal Orlando’s parent company, shared they had suspended work on their third theme park, Epic Universe. Epic Universe was set to open in 2023, and at this time no new date has been announced.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Universal Orlando laid off an undisclosed amount of workers on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. On Orlando Sentinel’s website you will find what Tom Shroder, Universal Spokesperson, shared.

“We have made the difficult decision to reduce our parks and resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said Tuesday night.

He did not give the number of people laid off. Severance pay, subsidized health benefits and professional reemployment assistance are being offered to the affected workers, he said.

“We are working to structure and strengthen our business for the future in anticipation of the tourism industry taking time to fully recover. In that regard, we have already taken important steps such as adjusting budgets and implementing salary reductions and furloughs,” Schroder said.

“This decision was not made lightly, but was necessary to prepare us for the future,” he said.

Orlando Sentinel

It is sad to see that they had to lay off workers. I am truly sorry for those workers and their families that are impacted by this decision. We are all thinking of you during this difficult time.

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-Heather Alosa

Source: Orlando Sentinel


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  1. They cut the employee’s salaries by 20%, but continued to pay them while they were closed. My son is a part time worker and received a check up until he was furloughed in May. That is when they cut the salaries for the full time employees, until they start working again. Universal has gone above and beyond for their employees. Much more than what Disney did for theirs.

  2. Thats sad for all those employees and their families.i will be praying for them during this difficult time. Hopefully everything will go back to normal by next summer. I just hope customer experience doesnt suffer. Im bummed about them not working on that new land! They shouldnt be cutting employees salaries. Thats wrong and they are prob gonna have a not so nice attitude now. I just hope they keep the rides up to par. I wont be going to any theme park until everything is back to normal.

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