It has been quite a year for Disney Cast Members with Park closures and extended furloughs. Check out the amazing number of Cast Members that have returned to work with the Walt Disney Company.
In September 2020, the Walt Disney company announced that they would be making massive layoffs. Read all about this HERE.
Josh D’Amaro, currently serves as Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, shared, “In light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic.”
D’Amaro went on to share, “We have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels.”
During a quarterly earnings call, Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, shared that Park capacity limits are on the rise. Chapek shared that at Walt Disney World, the Park capacity limits have already increased and will continue to rise as well.
Returning to the Magic
With the increased capacity at Walt Disney World and the reopening of Disneyland, Chapek shared that even more Cast Members have returned to the Walt Disney Company.
During this quarterly earnings call, Chapek shared, “In terms of labor, we had about 80% of our Cast Members return that we’ve asked to return. And obviously one of the gating factors is to continue to get more and more Cast Members back, it thrills us to be able to do that.”
“We’ve had no problems whatsoever in terms of trying to get our cast to come back and make some magic for our Guests.”
“In terms of labor, we had about 80% of our Cast Members return that we’ve asked to return.“Bob Chapek, Disney CEO
Preparing for 50th Anniversary
At the end of 2020, Walt Disney World President, Jeff Vahle, shared his hopes for 2021. 2021 marks a banner year for the Walt Disney Company as we look forward to the 50th Anniversary of Magic Kingdom.
Vahle shared, “With Walt Disney World approaching its 50th Anniversary, there could not be a more gratifying time to be selected for this role and to work with the incredible team responsible for creating magical memories for millions of Guests each year.” Read more of this interview HERE.
It so encouraging to see so many Cast Members returning. We hope that even more Cast Members will receive their call to return to the Walt Disney Company in the near future.
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