Josh D'Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, issued a statement today confirming a reduction in staff at the division, affecting 28,000 Cast Members in domestic theme parks.
D'Amaro said that they've made the "difficult decision" to reduce the workforce at all levels. Until today, Disney had been keeping non-working Cast Members on furlough and continued to pay healthcare benefits. About 67% of the Cast Members affected by today's announcement were part-time Cast Members.
D'Amaro added that the situation has been "exacerbated in California by the State's unwillingness to lift restrictions."
Cast members from the following who have been affected so far:
- Grand Floridian Society Orchestra
- Yehaa Bob at Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort